I want to create a list of references. We'll start with the books about GT40s, but should probably also have other topics, such as engine building & engineering and such.
I think I'll try to keep this post as up-to-date as possible. If you have additions or corrections, post them as replies and I will update this post to reduce the amount of plowing through posts somoene has to do...
Starting with my own book collection: GT40: An Individual History and Race Record
Contains a history of the development of the GT40 program, as well as race and chassis records. Recently (August 2003) reissued. Ford GT40 Production & Racing History /Individual Chassis Record
Also covers the history of the GT40 program. Some discussion of Safir MkV & replicas. Less detailed chassis history than Spain, but includes a copy of the parts manual from the Mk III with exploded diagrams Ford GT40
John S. Allen.
Lots of color photographs. Discussion of replicas
Additional information from Rick Muck (Mark IV):
128 pages published by Motorbook Intl. This a photo book comprised totally of color images taken at the 1989 Watkins Glen GT40 reunion and the 1993 Road America event plus some other US events. There are pictures from several UK gatherings. The Ford GT40: An Anglo-American Competition Classic
Mostly covers the GT40 program history. Some great vintage b&w photos. Very brief chassis & race history. Ford versus Ferrari: The Battle for LeMans
Starts with history of LeMans & Ferrari, then goes into Cobras and the GT40. Year-by-year race history of GT40s vs. Ferraris (and Chaparrals too).
From Chris Melia: The Inside Story of the Fastest Fords
was my first book on the GT40 and is certainly worth putting in your Christmas List it is full of early photo's with excellent detail.
From Clayton: Holman Moody - The Legendary Race Team
Tom Cotter, Al Pearce.
Description: Holman Moody is a legend in NASCAR racing and competed in other forms of racing including Can-Am, drag racing, Le Mans and even rallying. Here for the first time is the story of the legendary race team from De Paolo racing in the 1950s to the high-tech shop of today. Every race fan has heard of Holman Moody. This book tells the whole story of the partnership between two men, John Holman and Ralph Moody, who could agree on virtually nothing, but managed to build the world`s most famous racing team. It goes on to record the renaissance of the team under Lee Holman, son of the founder, after the death of his father and the subsequent business disasters of the mid-1970s.
(has 35 pages on the GT40) Racing Mechanic
- Ermanno Cuoghi, Mechanic to a world champion by Jeremy Walton
(has 26 pages on the GT40) Ford GT40 Including Lola GT P68 & GT70
Description: Magazine articles from 1963 to 1982 on the Ford GT40, Lola GT, P68 & Ford GT70. Ford: The Dust & The Glory - A Racing History 1901 - 1967
Description: This reprint of the long out-of-print 1968 classic covers seven decades of Ford`s pioneering and illustrious activities in auto racing. As author Leo Levine writes, "no other American manufacturer has been more involved with the sport. In many respects, the competition history of Ford parallels the progress of auto racing in this country." From Henry Ford`s own victory at the October 1901 Detroit Driving Club race to the 1967 LeMans triumph of A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, this first volume of Ford: The Dust and the Glory
tells the inside story of Ford`s spectacular racing accomplishments. Ford: The Dust and the Glory
features the stories - and numerous photographs - of the great races, the great cars, and the legendary personalities (both the famous drivers and those "behind the scenes") associated with Ford and its great competitors of the era. Covering 67 triumphant years, this first of two volumes (the second volume will cover 1968-2000) conveys, as author Leo Levine puts it, "the sound and the fury, the speed and the drama" of racing itself, while spotlighting Ford`s groundbreaking accomplishments. Ford Total Performance
Description: Subtitled "The Road to World Racing Domination 1962 - 1970" Between those years, Ford launched a massive assault on every major venue of motorsport in the world, with unparalleled success. From F1 to le Mans, NASCAR to the Indy 500 and Trans-Am to NHRA Drag Racing, Ford eventually won championships in each venue. In this book the author chronicles Ford`s rise to world motor racing domination, taking readers behind the scenes with the men responsible for designing, building & driving the machines that took the racing world by storm.
(has 26 pages on the GT40)
From Rick Muck (Mark IV): Shelby GT40: The Shelby American Color Archives
160 pages of 1960s era photos by Friedman, the offical SAI photographer. Some familiar pictures and a lot of images not seen before. Covers the Shelby involement in the GT40 program from the azrrival of the first chassis to the triumph at LeMans in 1967. Includes photos from the FoMoCo crash test of a MK II (ouch...) and the early "J" car development. Has color sections. The high point for me is lots of "crew preparing the cars" type photos and ecellent identification of who is who. Size is 10.25" X10.25"
Other books I don't have so can't provide any description: Creating the Ford GT40: How America's First LeMans Winner Was Conceived, Designed and Engineered
Carroll Smith, Pete Lyons, Earl H. Teske.
This is the book Carroll Smith was working on when he passed away. Apparently never published (yet), but sure to become a must-have if it ever does get published.
Update from Bob Brzezinski (snakeeyes):
I saw Pete at Monterey and asked him about the book. He is going ahead with it as he mentioned that Carroll provided him with a huge amount of text in draft form some time before he passed away. He was not able to give me a tentative publication date but rest assured it will be coming out in the foreseeable future and should provide some unique insights into the GT40 program-- The Ford That Beat Ferrari
Gordon Jones & John Allen.
Out-of-print & very expensive if you can find it. The Certain Sound: Thirty Years of Motor Racing
Also out-of-print & very expensive. Le Mans: The Ford & Matra Years 1966-1974
Original articles printed in Road & Track, Motor, Car and Driver, Autosport and others feature original articles printed from June 1966 through September 1974, highlight the many faces of the Le Mans 24-Hour race. Ford du Mans
No info. GT40 Photo Archive
Wallace Wyss (editor).
In-print. GT40: The Legend Lives On
John S. Allen.
No info. Super Profile: Ford GT40
John Logan Allen.
No info. Ford GT40 1964-1987, Gold Portfolio
R. M. Clarke.
No info. Road and Track on Cobra, Shelby and Ford GT40, 1962-1992
R. M. Clarke.
No info, but presumably reprints of magazine articles. Car and Driver on Cobra, Shelby and Ford GT40, 1963-1984
MBI Publishsing Company.
No info, but presumable reprints of magazine articles.
SAE Papers as reported by Gary Gibbs:
This is a partial list of papers. If anyone knows of other relevant papers please post. The papers are still available from www.sae.org
for $8.00 each. The first two digits correspond to the year. All very good.
#640252 The Ford DOHC Competition Engine
#650497 The Ford 427 Cubic Inch Single Overhead Cam Engine
#660472 Considerations in Crankshaft Design (not related to GT40)
#670065 The Ford GT Sports Car
#670066 Mark II 427 Engine
#670067 Mark II 427 GT Engine Induction System
#670068 Mark II GT Ignition and Electrical System
#670069 Mark II GT Transaxles
#670070 Mark II GT Sports Car Disc Brake System
#670071 Laboratory Simulation, Mark II GT Powertrain