DW's PDP Baby Blue drum color is an ode to the Ford GT40 Race Car A PDP video on drums, guitars and cars The PDP LDT Baby Blue Lacquer with Orange Bass Hoops as ode to Ford\'s GT40 Race Car What are the odds? PDP (Pacific Drums and Percussion) showed their beautiful Baby Blue lacquer of the very limited LDT drumsets at the NAMM Show this year, the colors inspired on the Ford GT40 race car. The Baby Blue from PDP comes exactly 50 years after this Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. And here is where we got cautious; in August 2017 Safir GT40 Spares launched the limited to 400 electric guitars commemorating the GT40's racing history with the GT40 Victory Series.

Adding it all up, this all was just a little too suspicious to us, so we asked Ruben Steinhauser, Research & Development Specialist at DW Drums, how this all could fall together so perfectly. As it turned out, the story wasn't as spectacular as we thought it would be. Ruben assured us that this actually is a coincidence:
"I choose the color of the legendary GT40 gulf for this project since my background is Motorsport and I'm a fan of this car. But it was completely unrelated to any anniversary or other company's plan."

So, there goes our scoop on hidden agendas and conspiracy theories!

However, that doesn't mean that this isn't a great story! Because the drums, the car and the guitars still are related. Now buckle up, below we put the 1 and the 2 together, starting with PDP's LDT Baby Blue, to the GT40 Guitars and a some info on the GT40 race car itself.

PDP LDT Baby Blue Lacquer with Orange Bass Hoops
In the video you can hear your editor saying the kit looks like art, and we still think this combination of colors on these drums fit that description. They stand out, are a true eye-catcher and make it one of the beauties in the PDP Limited Edition Series, or the NAMM Show for that matter. The LDT Baby Blue was designed in collaboration with the DW Custom Shop. PDP is a DW Drums brand.

PDP LDT Baby Blue Lacquer with Orange Bass Hoops

Specs of the PDP LDT Baby Blue Limited Edition
It is a 5-piece maple kit, built after the PDP flagship line, the Concept Series. Which means it has 7-ply tom and bass drum shells, and a 10-ply snare drum shell.

PDP Concept Maple Specifications
  • Bass Drum: 22"x18" Drilled with Tom Mount
  • Rack Tom: 10"x7", 12"x8" (STM Tom Mounts)
  • Floor Tom: 16"x14" (on legs)
  • Snare Drum: 14"x5"
  • Shell Material: Maple
  • Shell hardware: Chrome
  • Shell surface: Premium Lacquer
  • Finish: Baby Blue Lacquer/Orange Bass Drum Hoops
PDP Concept Maple Features
  • Dual-Turret Lug
  • Graduated Counter Hoops
  • Die-Cast Claw Hooks
  • MAG Throw-Off
  • Copper Snare Wires
  • 7-ply Tom/Kick Shells
  • 10-ply Snare Shell
  • FAST Sized 4 Piece Kit
  • Remo Drumheads
  • STM - Suspension Tom Mount System
  • True-Pitch Tension Rods
  • Premium Lacquer Finishes

The GT40 Guitars
The GT40 Guitar

The GT40 Victory Series has a limited production run of 400 electric guitars commemorating the GT40's racing history. As you can see in the image above, the GT40 guitars are carved to reflect the GT40 body, and feature chassis plates matching the cars that won at Le Mans in the 1960s. The guitars are manufactured by Hoodoo Guitars in Calgary, Canada.

The guitars are based upon the four winning GT40 cars at Le Mans from 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Ford raced and won driving GT40's in 1966 and 1967, then Gulf racing raced and won in 1968 and 1969.

The GT40 Guitar

Only a 100 guitars are made reflecting the years 1968 and 1969 and the chassis plate GT40P/1075. The guitars have an official GT40 chassis plate reflecting the matching number to the actual car that made racing history.

For the GT40, there are two models made by Hoodoo Guitars that match the colors of the PDP LDT Baby Blue Lacquer:
  • 1968 GT40 Victory Series Guitar - Chassis GT40P/1075
  • 1969 GT40 Victory Series Guitar - Chassis GT40P/1075
These two models both cost around: $7,656 (CAD), $5945 (USD), €4835 (EURO). There are also limited productions of the 1966 GT40P/1046 and 1967 GT40 J-5 models.

Why these two guitar models?
And what is the real difference between them?

The answer is easy: for the first time in history, the same race car chassis (GT40P/1075) won Le Mans twice. This was in 1968 and 1969, hence the model numbers and names. Sheldon Ryll, who is responsible for marketing at Safir GT40 Spares Ltd. gives us the solution:
The only difference on the car was the roundel number which happened to be a #9 in 1968 and then a 6 in 1969. This is why the only difference on the front of the Victory Series guitars is the pick guard #9 representing 1968 then #6 for 1969. The chassis plates on the back of the guitars also read "Victory 1968 - GT40P/1075" for the #9 guitar and "Victory 1969 - GT40P/1075" for the #6 guitar.

Included in the purchase price is an official GT40 certificate of authenticity, an embroidered GT40 guitar strap and a high quality guitar case.
Other specs are: D'Addario 9-42 Nickel Wound strings, Custom GT40 emblem inlay, Semi-hemispherical fret ends, DiMarzio DLX Plus Bridge DP154 bridge pickup and DLX Plus Neck, Schaller Strap Locks included, G&G Deluxe Hardshell Case, a Hoodoo Guitar Cable and more.
Click here to check the full details of all the guitars on gt40.com.

The Ford GT40 Race Cars
The GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car based on the British Lola Mk6. The GT stands for Grand Touring, and the 40 represents its overall height of 40 inches. GT40 was the Ford company's project to prepare their race cars for the international endurance racing circuit, its quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and eventually finally win long-distance sports car races against ultimate opponent Ferrari.

Between 1964 and 1969 105 GT40 cars were produced.

Sadly enough, we are pretty sure PDP and DW won't produce that many of the PDP LDT Baby Blue Lacquer with Orange Bass Hoops.

The Ford GT40 Race Car
The Ford GT40
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