Like most of the coverage of the Cobra-Ferrari wars that has emerged since then, the American version of events has increasingly differed from reality over time. No-one doubts the magnificence of the Cobras, but when exaggeration and embelishment are used to embellish the facts, the historical accuracy suffers and becomes tiresome. For example, Shelby always played-down the contribution of AC in England when talking of the Cobra.
The 'anihilation' of Ferrari at Le Mans (in 1964 with the 'Daytona' Coupes) was only against privately entered Ferraris; there were no factory-entered GT cars - Ferrari concentrating on their Sports racing cars, which actually finished first, second and third overall in that race. Two private Ferrari GTs were right behind the sole remaining Cobra at the finish, in fifth and sixth overall, while all the remaining Cobras had long since retired.
The previous year, when Ferrari did enter factory GT cars, they finished 1-2-3 in the GT class (the first of these actually finishing first overall), while fourth in the GT class was a BRITISH AC Cobra, entered by AC Cars and driven by two British drivers.
Just a few facts that I've never seen mentioned in any subsequent American coverage of the so-called Cobra-Ferrari wars.
And while I'm having my rant................One of the films I've seen of 1964, showed the Ferrari 330P of Pedro Rodgriguez, pulling into the pits to retire, as the commentary stated "The Daytonas battled on as the Ferrari challenge wilted under the pressure". I would have thought the Shelby team should have known that their Daytonas were NOT racing against the Ferrari prototypes - the ones that finished 1-2-3 overall?
A case of never letting the facts get in the way of a good story.
"The best way to make a small fortune out of motor racing............is to spend a large fortune" Briggs Cunningham.