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Tribute to Kar-Kraft with Henry, Teske, and Kainhofer

January 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

No brand has had more of an impact in motorsports – or been less recognized for those achievements – than Kar-Kraft. This independent contractor, located just minutes from Ford headquarters, was assigned the contract to construct and develop two of the most dominant racecars of the 1960s: the Ford GT40 Mk II and Mk IV; cars that won Le Mans in 1966 and 1967.

Join us on Saturday, January 20, for an in-depth presentation on the history of Kar-Kraft featuring three individuals with intimate knowledge of the company’s history and legacy:

– Charles Henry, author of the new book Kar-Kraft; Racecars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program. Henry was a Kar-Kraft employee and has put together a comprehensive history of this company using his own archives as well as remembrances of others. Remarkably, this is the only book devoted exclusively to the history of Kar-Kraft.

– Mike Teske, is a recognized authority on the Ford Mk II and Mk IVs. Teske was responsible for the construction of a continuing series of Ford Mk IVs that were painstakingly accurate to the original designs. He also owns extensive archives of the Ford racing program in the 1960s from the Ford archives that he rescued from the trash heap.

– Karl Kainhofer, is the legendary first employee of Penske Racing who also worked at Kar-Kraft in the early days of the Ford Mk IV program. He was involved in the building of  Mk IV chassis numbers J-1 and J-2, and will share his personal remembrances of those early days.

The tribute to Kar-Kraft will begin at noon on January 20 and will include presentations by each of these individuals. Helping to illustrate the presentations will be the museum’s Ford GT Mk II and Mk IV, both of which competed at Le Mans. The presentation will be followed by book signing Charles Henry’s Kar-Kraft book. Which will be available for sale in the museum gift shop.

We just added a special 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV “J-Car” guest car to this event.

Event admission is free with the purchase of regular museum admission. 


January 20, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825-31 Norwitch Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19153 United States
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