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Ford v Ferrari—The Epic Battle between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari


While the 60s for many of us will long be remembered as the heyday of the muscle car and the horsepower war between domestic manufacturers, outside of the United States, there was a much bigger war being fought for bragging rights and global domination. And that battle came to a head when Henry Ford II took on Enzo Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans road race.

It’s one thing to enter a race to show of your vehicle’s prowess and your driver’s skill, and it’s something else entirely when you get shut down on a major business deal and vow revenge on the racetrack. Without giving too much away, that’s essentially the basics of Ford v Ferrari, but the real story is in the people, places, and monumental undertaking that was Ford’s desire to beat Ferrari at its own game.

Matt Damon takes on the roll of the legendary Carroll Shelby—the man Ford charged with creating the car and the team—Christian Bale plays the talented driver Ken Miles, and John Bernthal appears as Lee Iacocca. With those three talents, Ford v Ferrari is poised to be a good show if the script and story is there.

If you’re the type that likes to read the book before watching the movie, look to A.J. Baime’s Go Like HELL: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. The book dives deep into the entire story and fills in a great many details that are likely not able to make a two-hour feature film. It’s said that the book was the inspiration for the original script.

The Peterson Museum also did a 26-minute video on the Ford versus Ferrari battle called 8 Meters, which you can see HERE.

As for Ford v Ferrari, we’ll have to wait until November to see how it compares to the most recent racing movie, Rush (2013), which starred Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Nikki Lauda, and documented the rivalry between the two legendary Formula 1 racers.