Gulf Racing has been an active player in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), a competition that is designed to test a driver’s endurance to the limit. The Gulf Racing team has a history that stretches back to the 1930s, but it was in the 1960s that they started to sport their distinctive blue and orange livery.
The Hotel de France in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir was the headquarters of the Gulf JW Automotive Racing team throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In a packed programme for media and guests, Gulf brought members of the victorious 1968 winning team back to their erstwhile race week HQ.
On the 12th of June, 2018 Tag Heuer brand celebrated 50th anniversary of the first victory of a Gulf car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gulf Racing qualified an excellent 2nd in the LM GTE AM category with the latest Porsche 911 RSR GTE. To honour the 50th anniversary of Gulf’s first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gulf’s Watch Partner, TAG Heuer launched a 50-piece special limited edition of the Monaco Gulf. The Ford GT40 used by the Gulf Racing team to win their first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans exactly 50 years ago, was driven once again this time during its launch.
“Endurance is one of Gulf’s core values, so it is both pleasing and fitting that Gulf Oil was flying its colours in the World Endurance Championship. This of course, shows the brand competing once again to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for the world’s greatest endurance race – something we were proud to be able to do.”
To further mark this special anniversary, a Ford GT ’68 Heritage edition was showcased at the Rolex Historic Reunion event at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. The most distinct feature on the Ford GT ’68 Heritage edition is the Heritage Gulf Oil Blue and Orange livery that has since become one of the most recognised race liveries in motorsport.
“Many say the Gulf Oil paint scheme is the most famous in motorsports, propelled by the 1968 GT40 that quickly became a global sensation after Ford beat its European competitors not three, but four times in a row,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, global operations. “We set out to accentuate the new Ford GT’s race-inspired aerodynamic lines with the Gulf colors, while staying true to the original GT40 Le Mans winner.”
The race organizers were also honoring the Gulf Oil victory in 1968 with an excellent dedicated display at the Le Mans Museum entitled “50 Years of Blue and Orange at Le Mans”.