17 Facts About Ken Miles


Kenneth Henry Jarvis Miles was a British sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the US and with American teams on the international scene.


Ken Miles is an inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.


Ken Miles was the son of Eric Miles and Clarice Jarvis.


Ken Miles raced motorcycles before joining the British Army, during World War II.


Ken Miles served in North West Europe until the end of the war, by which time he had achieved the rank of staff sergeant.


Ken Miles served as a tank commander, and the experience is said to have fuelled a new love in Miles for high-performance engineering.


Ken Miles was discharged to the reserves on 1 April 1946.


In 1952 Ken Miles moved from England to the US, and settled in Los Angeles, California as a service manager for Gough Industries, the Southern California MG distributor.


Ken Miles was later disqualified on a technical infraction because his fenders were too wide, thus allowing Yedor and Dean to get 'bumped up' to first and second.


Ken Miles played a major role in the development and success of the racing versions of the Shelby Cobra 289 in SCCA, USRRC and FIA sports car racing between 1962 and 1965 as well as the Daytona Coupe and 427 versions of the Cobra and the Ford GT.


Ken Miles became the chief test driver of Shelby-American in 1963.


Ken Miles had a "reputation for courtesy on the track" and was sometimes called the "Stirling Moss of the West Coast".


Ken Miles was denied the unique achievement of winning Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans in the same year.


The car broke into pieces and ejected Ken Miles, killing him instantly.


Ken Miles is interred at the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.


Ken Miles was posthumously inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001.


Ken Miles is portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari.