In high-octane car racing, the triple crown of motorsports represents the pinnacle of endurance, skill, and engineering. Among these elite races, the 24 hours of Le Mans are the most grueling and challenging.
During the 1960s, Ford recognized that it was time to make a mark at Le Mans. The choice was clear: go big or go home. Driven by this ambition, Ford created the iconic GT40 MK1 to compete against the formidable Ferrari in the long-distance race. And the result? A resounding victory. The GT40 didn’t just win once; it claimed victory three years in a row.
Reflecting on this remarkable feat, senior brand manager Ed Lahmann stated, “The new CAO V23 celebrates 100 years of Le Mans and the American muscle car that took the racing world by storm.”
CAO V23: A Cigar that Demands Attention
Inspired by the bold CAO V19, V21, and C60 tradition, the CAO V23 is a powerhouse blend firing on all cylinders. Handcrafted at STG Esteli in Nicaragua, this limited-edition cigar resonates with the spirit of the GT40.
Featuring a Honduran wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobacco, the CAO V23 offers a heady mix of earth, spice, and toast. Like the legendary GT40 that inspired it, the CAO V23 is a cigar that demands attention and delivers a smoking experience filled with torque.
Ed Lahmann continued to express his enthusiasm for the new blend, saying, “V23 has the large-ring, box-pressed, full-bodied attributes of its predecessor blends, and that’s where the similarities end. This smoke is about power but more about power and finesse. Just as a legendary racecar like the GT40 MK1 had substance and style, so did V23. This is a cigar lover’s cigar because it’s got body and nuance and is a true pleasure to smoke. We’re excited to share V23 with the fans of CAO.”
A Nod to the GT’s Legacy: The MK1 660
CAO V23 is available in one frontmark, aptly named MK1 660. This 6″ x 60 smoke is presented in a uniquely-designed, GT-inspired, 20-count box adorned with classic Ford/Gulf colors. The interior design nods to the GT’s tufted leather seats, honoring the vehicle’s legacy.
The cigars will retail for an SRP of $13.99 apiece and will be available starting September 1.
About CAO Cigars
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Revving Up the Tradition
The CAO V23 is more than just a cigar; it celebrates automotive excellence and the thrilling world of racing. It’s a tribute to the American muscle car that changed the game. Whether you’re a car enthusiast, a cigar aficionado, or both, the V23 will ignite your passion and provide a unique experience.