To racing fans, the story of Ford's victory at Le Mans in 1966 is already a legend. Henry Ford II, having been snubbed in his effort to buy Ferrari, set out for revenge at the greatest sports car race in the world. Led by Carroll Shelby, the out-of-nowhere Ford GT40 program took victory at Le Mans in '66, and '67, and '68 and '69.
But the story is so good, you won't mind experiencing it all over again—this time, as a major motion picture due out in November.
Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as daring British driver Ken Miles. It tells the story of Henry Ford II's last-minute effort to put together a rogue racing program charged with snatching victory away from the long-dominant Ferrari factory team. With mega star power and plenty of racing action, this movie is sure to please die-hard racing fans while offering plenty of action and tension for movie buffs.
The movie is based on the excellent book, . Written by best-selling author, Wall Street Journal contributor and former Road & Track contributing editor AJ Baime, the book tells the complete story of this rollicking era in the car industry and the wild world of sports car racing. It's a must-read for anyone interested in getting the full backstory behind Ford's dominance at Le Mans.
Ford v Ferrari hits theaters on November 15th.