Back within the 1960s, Bob Riley was working as a younger design engineer at Kar-Kraft, the super-secret Ford skunkworks that constructed the Ford GT40 Mk IV race vehicles. Now 89 however nonetheless working day by day, Riley, his son, Bill, and racer Jim Matthews have acquired the Kar-Kraft belongings and plan to provide Mk IV “next-generation” continuation vehicles at Riley Technologies.
“To be reunited with this project is incredible,” Bob Riley is quoted within the firm’s announcement. “It was a very special time, and everyone involved at Ford and Kar-Kraft were great people. This brings back a flood of memories of both with the car and the people involved.”
Since his days at Kar-Kraft, Riley has produced race vehicles which have received the Indianapolis 500 and greater than a dozen instances within the 24 Hours of Daytona. He and his son, Bill, based Riley Technologies in North Carolina to provide vehicles and elements, together with these utilized in NASCAR inventory automotive racing.
The Mk IV raced solely twice, and received each instances. Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren drove a yellow Mk IV bearing the racing quantity “1” to victory in April 1967 within the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. Then, that June, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt shared driver duties as a crimson No. 1 Mk IV received the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In conjunction with Matthews, who has a protracted historical past with the Rileys and has been a race-winning driver and automotive proprietor in a wide range of Riley constructed and operated vehicles and groups through the years, Bob and Bill Riley have acquired and brought supply in their shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, of Kar-Kraft belongings, together with tooling, fixtures and authentic design drawings, “some with Bob Riley’s name on them.”
“Initial plans call for a production run of up to 10 period-correct continuation cars,” Riley Technologies stated in its information launch. Current plans name for manufacturing to start in 2022.
“It is amazing and somewhat humbling to even have the chance to be involved in continuing the legacy of such an iconic car,” Bill Riley stated within the information launch. “For sure, this has always been one of my favorite race cars, and to be able to continue producing it makes me very proud.”
“Being involved with Bob and Bill is always great, and I am looking forward to seeing these awesome cars back on track,” Matthews stated.