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ford v ferrari is mandatory viewing for all petrolheads

“Ford v Ferrari” is mandatory viewing for all petrolheads

You’ve heard the story of how Ford made it rain money to beat Ferrari at its own game, now here’s the movie based on AJ Baime's book “Go Like Hell” on how the Blue Oval stomped on the Prancing Horse

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Dinesh Appavu

4 Jun 2019

Surely, you’ve heard how hell-bent Ford was at kicking Ferrari’s at Le Mans in the 1960s? That’s pretty much how the legendary Ford GT40 was borne; with an inbuilt crosshair on the Ferraris.

Racing was arguably at its finest back then; analogous and with safety meaning you had to have a helmet on. Sadly, most of us weren’t around to watch it back then. However, being movie-making in this day and age is almost magic-like and allows moviemakers to recreate historical race car battles with “Fast and Furious” levels of obscene cinematography.

This bring us to the one movie every single petrolhead needs to watch this year; “Ford v Ferrari.” It tells the story of Henry Ford II, Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles drive to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans against the Ferrari powerhouse.

The movie is based on the book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans” by A. J. Baime. Think of this as the Le Mans version of “Rush” that focused on the Niki Lauda-James Hunt rivalry during the 1976 Formula One season.

Unlike the Formula One story, this movie solely revolves around the perceived underdogs Ford and the struggle year after year in developing the right car for the job. The cast is equally stellar as well with A-listers doing their characters proud. Christian Bale plays development/racing driver Ken Miles, Matt Damon plays the legendary Carroll Shelby, Jon Bernthal plays Lee Iacocca and Tracy Letts wears the hat of Henry Ford II.

The trailer is compelling with the determination of Ford to do whatever it takes fueling the belief of Shelby and the no-nonsense approach of Miles. It goes without saying the racing action is obscenely jaw-dropping with crashes, fires and more crashes. Fortunately, the movie doesn’t forego the human side of the equation with humour, romance and family tightly intertwined with the racing.

Mark your calendars for 15 November 2019 and watch out for early sales in the weeks prior to it.