The Ford MkIV is in production once again...
Visitors to Road America’s Kohler International Challenge were greeted with the sight of “J-13”, the first example of the new Ford GT MkIV re-creation, engineered by Mike Teske (above right), and with a chassis built by Kenny Thompson. Planned build will be just seven examples, of which one will, hopefully, be completed to original J-car specification, thus providing us with the presently missing link between the MkII
and the MkIV. The new MkIV is astonishingly accurate, having been produced with the aid of masses of original blueprints and documentation dating from the late 1960s. Even the manufacturer’s name is familiar - “KarKraft” has been resurrected for use on the MkIV.
Trying J-13 out for size was its lucky owner, Fran Kress, whose MkI GT40 (1054) was being admired within the Ford display elsewhere at the track.
MkIV at Road America 2009
Bill Peter brought along to Road America this one-off MkIV replica, which carries the (incorrect) serial “J-1”. Nonetheless, this car is beautifully made, and, like the KarKraft example, has benefited from having original plans and drawings available during its construction