Kenneth Henry Miles whose lifespan was from 1st November 1918 to 17th August 1966 was a British sports car racing engineer. He was also a driver who was best known for his international motorsport career in the United States and with American teams. He is a member of the American Motorsports Hall of Fame.
What about his career?
Miles moved from England to the United States in 1952 and worked as a service manager for Gough Industries in Los Angeles, California. In 1953, he won 14 consecutive SCCA races in an MG-based special that he designed and built himself.
Miles was a key member of the Shelby/Cobra racing team in the early 1960s due to his great ability and talent as a driver and mechanical engineer.
He raced in a Ford GT Mk.II with Bruce McLaren at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965, but had to retire due to gearbox problems. He finished second at the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, also with McLaren.
He won the 24 Hours of Daytona the next year, sharing a Ford GT Mk.II with Lloyd Ruby, and then the 12 Hours of Sebring the following year.
After initially agreeing to Ford’s dead-heat “photo-finish,” French race officials changed their minds during the final hour of the race. McLaren’s #2 car was the first to cross the finish line and was crowned the winner. Miles was denied the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans all in the same season.
How was his personal life?
Ken Miles had a son, Peter Miles, with his wife Mollie (b. September 28, 1950). Carroll Shelby was also a close associate of his. In 1966, Peter was almost 15 years old when he experienced his father’s death while testing a concept vehicle.
How much Net Worth did he make?
Ken Miles was a British sports car racing engineer and driver who, at the time of his death in 1966, had a net worth of $100,000.