Holman Moody is Building The LAST Original Ford GT40 MKII Chassis In The World! (Insane History)
Holman Moody the legendary NASCAR powerhouse of the 1960s and 1970s still exists! Lee Holman (son of co founder John) owns and operates the historical beacon of awesomeness in Charlotte NC. They are grinding cams daily on the ORIGINAL machines from the 60's. Back in the early 80's Lee purchased all remaining inventory of GT40 mkii chassis and parts from Tennant Panels in England. Sitting on this inventory for quite a while they were eventually able to start manufacturing vintage legal legitimate gt40s exactly how they were made back in the day. Using vintage parts or recreated pieces from original molds these cars are nut and bolt identical to the ones from the famous 24 hours of LeMans success in the 60's!
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  • Stapleton42 Extra
    Stapleton42 Extra

    We started a second channel to post more frequent “unpolished” behind the scenes updates! Subscribe to Stapleton42 Extra! Stapletonautoworks.com

    • PiDsMedia

      'Short Form' videos on the other channel, longer in depth stuff here, even though youtube insists people do shorter things - Long stuff with deeper content is great - Works over on Everyday Astronaut and Smarter Every Day - Nerds of all kinds have to stick together and keep passing on knowledge.

    • WIGGITY WhiteFox
      WIGGITY WhiteFox

      @Fred Garvin I think after trillion is gazillion but I could be wrong I’m not even at a million edit; see it’s quadrillion I’m wrong lol

    • Fred Garvin
      Fred Garvin

      Are the Gt40's street legal? Or strictly a track day car for bazillionaire's?

    • WIGGITY WhiteFox
      WIGGITY WhiteFox

      Yo watch out this channels fishing it’s not actually him don’t get lured!

    • 1nvisible1

      *World class chassis perfection with stunning bodywork.* *The GT40s aren't bad either.*

  • Brett Mason
    Brett Mason

    Dude! Thank you so much for this video. History is history and when these dudes are gone, no one will be as knowledgeable. Keep this up!!!

    • Todd Aulner
      Todd Aulner

      Even if you were, there would be none to build.

    • Bill E 7c
      Bill E 7c

      I agree 100% ! Both of you keep doing what you’re doing!


      But I couldn’t agree more which will truly be a shame…


      That’s why they need to hire some people to pass the knowledge onto that have a passion!

  • mark croote
    mark croote

    No words to describe how awesome this video is oh my . The Oscars should make a category just for you . I love the history. Will watch again to see if I missed anything. You guys just keep getting better snd better. Thank you for your passion and your dedication for the history of racing .

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu

      Legendary people still building the last Legendary cars ? We are speach-less.. ! Hat-off full respect & many greetings from Europe ! tanks to anyone involved : The vlogger for up-loading this clip and to all those amazing people from that shop.. Woaw.. Holly smokes..

    • Robert Johnson
      Robert Johnson

      So much history in there the stuff in there is priceless truly a museum

  • Racer X
    Racer X

    Lee Holman is a living legend. Holman and Moody are the Holy Grail to Ford racers.


    Brother this is one of the best videos EVER! They need to have someone with a passion to pass on all this information to. Once the old school car guy Generation is gone I won’t have much hope in people…


      @cooperparts we can all dream! To me this is and art and passion for life! Truly amazing work!

    • cooperparts

      I thought I was the only one who knew who H M was fairlane fan 427 for 50 years owned many 390 cars


      Absolutely agree.

    • Busman72

      More like worse video. Narrator can not even speak clearly. I’m not talking about the workers

  • David Imrie
    David Imrie

    It's hard to believe this place is still going. This place is legendary!! They built some real cool and fast cars in NASCAR and to be involved with the GT 40 program just puts them over the top. Too bad Kar Kraft wasn't still around which was the Ford shop for the GT as well as the Boss Mustangs.

  • Reg Smith
    Reg Smith

    When I hear “Holman-Moody” I think of late 60’s Ford Torino’s battling Dodge’s and Plymouth’s on the high banks of Talladega

    • FE428Power

      Who remembers the black Talladega that sat off Park Rd in Charlotte in the 80s and 90s?

    • Reg Smith
      Reg Smith

      @Dale Stephan The Talladega’s were bad ass

    • Dale Stephan
      Dale Stephan

      Not many Torinos left .a friend of mine has one. I visit him just to drool .lol long front end etc.. low number chassis. Dont ask me how to get a hold of him!!!

    • Kharn The Betrayer
      Kharn The Betrayer

      @Muther 302 Shelby is attributed with all models.

    • Muther 302
      Muther 302

      Holman Moody are building these because they are the ones that built most of the GT40’s. The MK1’s were Shelby built. I think the MK2’s and later were Holman Moody built.

  • iknklst

    Amazing. The craftsmanship and engineering that went into anything Holman Moody touched is beyond excellent and still is to this day.

  • benny baldwin
    benny baldwin

    Stapleton, you're doing something right to get into these buildings. You've got an impressive collection of access. Says a lot about you, Logan and the channel. These shops welcome you, that's a huge compliment. The only content I enjoy more from you is when you slow play someone at the Rock and then ask them a high level questions exposing their lack of knowledge. Well done.

    • Stapleton42


  • kurt2022

    When I think of Holman Moody, I think of the 'Silver Fox' David Pearson driving the 427 c.i. East Tenn. Motor Co. Ford #17.

  • Tahoe's & Turbo's
    Tahoe's & Turbo's

    oh man it keeps getting better and better! best thing ever was leaving Texas and it shows. this was a trip down memory lane as I grew up loving these vintage race cars and I can not wait until the next one because I love watching you race!! Giver hell young man and God Bless the both of you 💙🤘

  • XmasGoose

    As a person that enjoys automotive history, it's really fun to watch and listen to someone else that enjoys it as well. Please continue with your journey down these forgotten roads!

  • Frederick Kemman
    Frederick Kemman

    My race car geek meter just went in to the red. That was amazing! The GT40 is one of my two all time favorite cars, the Porsche 917 being the other. The Porsche, BTW, was the car that dominated Le Mans after the Fords were no longer eligible. They also had a long and successful career n the Can-Am series in North America in the 70's. PS: If you haven't seen the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans check it out, it is one of the best racing movies ever made.

    • MSDS Inc.
      MSDS Inc.

      Watch for the #40 9146GT in Steve's film...it's ours !¡

    • PSk

      Yes, much better racing movie than the recent Ford v Ferrari joke

  • plantfeeder

    I think of HALLOWED GROUND when I think of Holman/Moody. I think of Tiny Lund, Mario Andretti, David Pearson, the Allisons, even Richard Petty in 1969! I also think of Competition Proven. No truer words were ever written. It would make my life to tour that shop. Have been a Ford racing fan since I was 10 in 1963.

  • Tom P
    Tom P

    Cool video, you ask good questions and get shown all the cool stuff. I like the part where you try the seat in the GT40. A pretty compact car inside and not easy to get into. That makes Dan Gurney seem like even more of a hero!

  • gac914

    This was a GREAT video! You two ask very detailed and knowledgeable questions, which I think is why you get so far with the people that you interview. I think most of these people, who have been doing this "forever," see that you both have a great passion for what they've been able to contribute through history, and are impressed that there are still "young" folks who appreciate it! 👍🙏💪

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man we do our best!

  • Dann Mohr
    Dann Mohr

    Frickin' unbelivable......really good old Ford racing history........good video.......👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸good old American know how.......🤔🤔😁😁


    I heard of Holman-Moody about 50 yrs ago thru the people I worked for . They had a 69 Ford Torino dirt track race car . They won the first World one hundred at ELDORA SPEEDWAY.

  • Shade

    The old adage of "a mill and a lathe can rebuild the world" came to mind when yall were going over those few machines. The ones they have are beautiful examples. Thanks for the video!

  • Ron Patrick
    Ron Patrick

    This gentleman who gave you the tour is a special person. Sharp and personable. A rare individual.

    • Stapleton42

      He is awesome!

  • Chester Callahan
    Chester Callahan

    My jaw is on the floor! What an amazing video, great content keeping the history alive.

  • Roger Camp
    Roger Camp

    I still have and use my Myford ML7 with newton gearbox and clutch (1962) built in Nottingham in the UK. The guy is absolutely correct, the damn thing will out live me.

  • Woody Holland
    Woody Holland

    I lived through the Ford winning Lemans as a teenager.That video gave me goosebumps! You are so lucky to be able to experience that shop and meet those people. Wish I had a spare million $$!

  • Daryl Nicklen
    Daryl Nicklen

    I have always appreciated the GT40 and to see where the last original Chassis are being built into cars is amazing. I would fit in one but my pockets are not that deep. Thanks guys. Dazza 63 years young from Australia

  • Terry Brittain
    Terry Brittain

    Have always been a big fan of Holman and Moody , like you I didn’t realize they were still in business! Love the two videos , and all the old shops you are visiting, great job !!!❤️👍

  • Tom Miller
    Tom Miller

    Incredible, fascinating, historically informative, real...awesome video! I could go on and on. Huge shoutout to everyone at H&M!!! Thanks for making and sharing this video. Tom M., So. Cal.

  • Jeremiah Johnson
    Jeremiah Johnson

    Super sick. The first guy was so good with the history and some of the back story. He was a great intro into these beautiful cars. As always you guys killed it with this one.

  • Jason Hull
    Jason Hull

    What an amazing piece of history. This is so very interesting. I would definitely download and copy this and save it man. Thank you for such a knowledgeable tour guide too.

  • Matthew Oden
    Matthew Oden

    This was awesome can't believe they still have all those spare parts and chassis really wish i had a spare million dollars lol also loved seeing all the old machinery i don't think i saw one computer the whole time computers are great but i am a firm believer that things should be built by hand as much as possible as that is where the real craftsmanship is a computer can't do that

  • Camping with Homer
    Camping with Homer

    WOW! Racing legends at the highest level. Ranked right up there in the shop tours, that's for sure. I hope you have fun go-carting, looks like it would be good fun.👍🏻

  • Dawson Burrell
    Dawson Burrell

    Really love the tours videos Mitchel and Logan! Y'all do a great job helping us relive those days. I love the questions you ask because it brings up memories to those folks and they get to enjoy those memories again. You're about to get hooked on that race kart. If Logan drives one you may be a new team owner. Thank for the hard work guys!

  • Billy J White
    Billy J White

    Dude thank you so much for these shop tours! Keeping the history alive and breathing!

  • Story Racing 387
    Story Racing 387

    Awesome! Love all the history here! Next to the Daytona/Superbird, the GT40 was another favorite race car! Man, definitely a little jealous you getting to see all of this first hand. Keep up the great work 🔥🤘

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man we will

  • 406 Garage
    406 Garage

    Absolutely incredible , I got goosebumps just watching. Thank you for doing these videos , the history is so deep in that shop , gt40 4ever!

  • Tk Boyd
    Tk Boyd

    My mom, when she got thru med school, got herself a 1968 Cougar, and she upgraded the power train to an FE motor and a Top-loader 4sp. The gentleman who installed the engine did it as a moonlighting gig from his real job as an engine builder for FoMoCo. He told her the valve train came from Holman Moody. Wonder if the cam came off one of those machines?

  • Jeffery Kovacs
    Jeffery Kovacs

    Great video. Huge Shelby guy! Huge Ford guy. I'm absolutely amazed this stuff is still around. Love GT 40's,Pantera's,Mustangs all those unibodies from mid 60's to mid 70's. This was video was so informative! I knew they did stuff with Shelby guess I didn't realize the extent. Great content with this video. It was a must share can't wait for your sit down with Lee!

  • Taz Bert
    Taz Bert

    Didn't know there were still unfinished GT40 chassis out there. Amazing stuff. And so funny for me as a Brit to hear a US guy using terms like 'bonnet' :)

  • Joe Houlihan
    Joe Houlihan

    So freeking awesome guys! Walking in the path of legends! So jealous!!!! Thank you! Definitely a shirt possibility here! Holman Moody- wow cool!!

    • Joe Houlihan
      Joe Houlihan

      @Stapleton42 the hidden 69 in the boom tube shirt, I was driving when I sent that, just wanted to clear that up. Also some retro throw back style SAW shirts with Ralph, and Uncle George! I would love an Uncle George shirt sporting the fresh BFG White walls out! Be cool to have an areal shot of Uncle George with his hood off sporting his monster Big Block! Thanks guys and have a great weekend!

    • Joe Houlihan
      Joe Houlihan

      @Stapleton42 Right! Go all old school style like some of the throw back style, maybe a reason to try a crisp short sleeve white button up possibly? I know, I know, you wear black shirts. Don’t get me wrong I love the black shirts, in fact I’m wearing my boom tube shirt today for fun shirt Friday. PS, I found the Hidden 69 last night. Just throwing out ideas! Thanks guys have a great weekend

    • Stapleton42

      We’d love to make Holman moody shirts

  • Raymond Qualls
    Raymond Qualls

    Mr. Stapleton I watched both of these videos and my god this has to be my favorite set of videos I have seen to date on any channel you killed it and I will become a long term viewer from this point on amazing story.

  • John Spanos
    John Spanos

    excellent video. really well produced. very informative. I NEVER knew there were over 130(?) originally built fully running chassis's. And I liked looking at those old side oilers. I just wish a little more time was spent discussing the difference in 427's

    • Stapleton42

      We can dig more into that in another video! I personally do not know very much about them either

  • The Home Project Channel
    The Home Project Channel

    As a total GT 40 geek originally from Slough, it was nice to see some recognition of who originally made the cars. I have actually been in the shop that made the original chassis pressings, it had a similar vibe, nothing was thrown away, long since gone bankrupt due to a loss of their main customer. I used to know a couple of the old Lola guys too, but I didn't know enough at the time to geek out or care. Anyhoo, I cannot wait for the next episode.

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man that’s awesome

  • Honda Chan
    Honda Chan

    The ceremony for the last of the legends May we all take a stand for the GT-40.

  • tim rayburn
    tim rayburn

    At the age of 68 this is the BEST shop tour I've ever seen.I had no idea HM was still around.My complements to you both

    • Stapleton42

      Thank you Tim!!

  • Ben Rossbach
    Ben Rossbach

    Please keep finding the coolest thing ever. You two are doing great things. Love that you are helping keep automotive history alive and well. Thanks for your time and effort.

  • Steve Mcafee
    Steve Mcafee

    Wow these shop tours are getting better and better with legends after legends nice job Mitchell and logan

  • Hunter Cox
    Hunter Cox

    I absolutely love watching y’all’s videos so much cool stuff still left !

  • Zeke ‘n’ Streak
    Zeke ‘n’ Streak

    You never cease to amaze me with your videos. It’s so cool to see the history of NASCAR and now the famous H&M Le Mans GT 40s. You 2 are extremely lucky to be able to do this and we’re lucky that you’re sharing. Thanks bud.

  • MikeyPorter 77
    MikeyPorter 77

    Dude, I love your channel. The Nascar history you uncover is incredible!! Always anxious for the next historical vid to come out!!!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks Mikey!

  • mags man
    mags man

    Quality content followed by quality content after quality content, Damn Mitchell your making this IRglo thing so hard for yourself, keeping your subs happy by continually bettering your last upload is going to take some doing!!! Now this here is 'Good Content ' Well done the pair of you.

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks dude we work hard!

  • J D Shanahan
    J D Shanahan

    And once again you deliver an amazing video man. You guys just keep knocking it out the park. Thanks for the content, looking forward to the go karting video to come.

    • J D Shanahan
      J D Shanahan

      @Stapleton42 👊

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks JD 💪🏻

  • gparrow

    Thank you for this, I think it's so amazing what you guys are doing!

  • Hammer Schlaetel Garage
    Hammer Schlaetel Garage

    These shop tour videos are getting better and better. Awesome job!

  • Rear Engine Shop
    Rear Engine Shop

    This place is AMAZING! Those GT40’s are beautiful! Thanks for sharing guys. 👍

  • Dallas Good
    Dallas Good

    This is incredible Mitchell!! Love your historical videos of NC. Keep it up!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man!!

  • Tim Koryciak
    Tim Koryciak

    What a amazing video ! very, very cool ! Very nice man that walked you around and told the history of the GT40 and what they did and still do at the Holman Moody facility. Thank you for your video’s about the history of racing ! I really enjoy all your content ! Keep up the great work !

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks Tim!

  • Auggies1956

    I always liked this body style since I looked one over at the local Ford dealer, that was a racer on display. If money was no option I'd build one but with a late model Mopar Hemi.

  • T and J Performance South Florida
    T and J Performance South Florida

    Legends in nascar and with ford,,this video was awesome,,seeing the machinery that was used to buikld the cars from back in the day,,truly awesome1,,keep it up!

  • Benny Helgeson
    Benny Helgeson

    Great to see true craftsman still exist.

  • Jody Collins
    Jody Collins

    Been there 3 or 4 times over the last couple years buying parts for my FE and some merchandise. Lee is great to sit down and talk with. I hope they keep it going for a long time.

  • its stocky
    its stocky

    Awesome video they just keep getting better dude! So much history in one building but history that's being used, can not get cooler than that! Can't wait for part 2

  • PiDsMedia

    Now you've heard the GT40 run, find a Porsche 917 to stand next to when doing the start up. They're both so different in sound, and so different to the Ferrari's, the only thing that's more different is the Mazda 787B. Edit: Mitchell doesn't fit, therefore, Logan gets to drive for a road test! Edited Edit : When Mr Holman says "Jay", what are the odds he means Jay Leno ?

  • Dave NC
    Dave NC

    Awesome video. Paul Whitlock has done a great job to continue the work of Holman Moody's GT40 program. Such great history.

  • bud cook
    bud cook

    OMG !!! Awesome video, I 've lived in Charlotte most of my life drove by this place many times going to work ,never knew they were still operating ! Please bring us more from H M !!! Keep up the great videos!!

  • Steve Sidden
    Steve Sidden

    The content that you keep coming up with is extraordinary really good thank you so much for bringing that up by the way North Wilkesboro Speedway will be opening in August to run races take care my friend GOD bless you and your family 👍👍

  • Blain Smipy
    Blain Smipy

    Those lathes and mills are awesome...OMG....he's right you can not find that quality anymore...those are the ones that made the machines of war that saved the planet from the Germans and nippons.

  • Dale Ruse
    Dale Ruse

    Love the video. My Dad always wanted to build tribute GT40 from Roaring Forties GT40 before he passed. Watching this episode has reminded me of his dream that hopefully I can fulfill the dream one day. Keep up the amazing work.

  • Bradley Smith
    Bradley Smith

    You’re absolutely killing it on these shop tours, it’s just really hitting it off for me, I had thought about doing something like this but my loathing of my own voice put a complete halt to any kind of IRglo video creator future for me 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Keep up the great work and can’t wait to see everything you have in the pipeline 👍👍👍👍👍👍

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      Thomas Laws

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  • bartman2144

    Love your videos! I'm a big Nascar fan, and I thoroughly enjoy what you and your lady contribute to the preservation of Nascar history!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man we do our best!

  • Carl McLelland
    Carl McLelland

    WOW!!! What a video... what a presentation! Thank you, thank you. While I've never driven a GT-40, I've raced against them. IF you think that engine sounded good when he cranked it, imagine being alongside - both of you banging the rev limiter - and that engine under load! Ain't a better "Stereo" in the world, excepting a V-12 Ferrari, or (Thank you Lord for the opportunity), a Porsche 917. Last, so you're 6-5. Given the opportunity to drive it, YOU'LL FIND A WAY TO FIT! I was 6'/270 and raced a Lotus 61 Formula Ford for many years... I found a way to fit! Thanks again for producing this video........... The only sad thought... I'd planned to be at Riverside that day, but other things came up and I couldn't get out there... the day the Ken died, testing the J-car.

    • Stapleton42

      Dang man…

  • FuriousMess

    Holman Moody makes me think of extreme competition and the highest level of excellence= WINNER!

  • James Workman
    James Workman

    Being a huge ford guy I love these type videos about ford history between Shelby and other ford partners

  • mt375hp

    The dyno control made the hair stand up on my arms too. I watched a dyno session, years ago that used similar dyno controls. The shop referred to the control as the old dyno. Thanks for taking us along.

  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson

    WOW Thank you Mitch for taking us back in to time the stuff you're showing us is literally priceless so much history in that place truly a museum by the way Mitch the tape is called Tesla tape

  • Dont ask
    Dont ask

    As I have said before, your videos are saving history. Thank you.

  • dennis laws
    dennis laws

    Being a lifelong Ford man, that place is heaven. Makes me miss my 68 Shelby GT 500 with a 427 side oiler Cobra Lemans engine. even more.

  • Curtis Shoemaker
    Curtis Shoemaker

    This video is awesome! This is my favorite one yet. I love NASCAR, but that place has so much history! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • william elkins
    william elkins

    Absolute best video ever. I grew up watching all this stuff. No idea they were still around. Gonna have to get my 1970ish Holman moody coat out

  • Mark Miller
    Mark Miller

    This video is absolutely cool! Definitely right there with you in this one! Those cars they are building are some rare stuff to begin with, and glad they are hopefully road legal in the US. Love it! Thank you & Logan for more great video content, and you both are appreciated immensely! Keep rocking it!

  • Paul Breen
    Paul Breen

    Awesome opportunity to be able to get that personal tour of Holman Moody, great video keep them coming!!!

  • David Parker
    David Parker

    Fantastic history lesson here. Love this stuff. Thanks.