Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

My 10 year old son (a hopelessly gearheaded kid) just finished reading Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans together. I was excited to share the story with him but the book well exceeded my already high expectations.

There are a number of personalities I was unaware had any involvement in the Ford vs Ferrari saga. The book provides substantially more depth into those characters than their story and personality than I ever could have guessed. Those some mighty colorful characters too. Folks likeHenry Ford II, Enzo Ferrari, Lee Iacocca, Phil Hill, John Surtees, Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby, John Wyer and Bruce McLaren.

Here's a brief description:

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.

Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.

If you are hunting for something to read I'd highly recommend it. Apparently there has been talk of a movie based on the book. Rumor has it Tom Cruise has been cast to play Carroll Shelby.  

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