This movie is finer than frog fur. Just enough realism to be a good story without looking like a documentary.
While I would not count myself as a petrol head, I do enjoy a fast ride and a good story. The movie takes you on the journey that became the Shelby Mustang. Growing up, I had heard of the Shelby, but I never looked into what that actually meant. Sure it is a fine tuned automobile able to go 0 to 60 fast enough to leave your stomach at the starting line, but the sacrifices and determination it took to get it there was a story I had not heard.
Shelby was a racer that couldn’t race anymore. He won the Le Mans, but turned to making and selling cars. Ford and Ferrari have an interesting past that you will want to see. Other competitors are in the race, but it was really only Ford and Ferrari. Several laps and wrecks dot this story of an American muscle car and the team that put it on the map.
Not all about the RPMs, the movie has heart as well. Ken Miles is Shelby’s choice for a driver and a family man. He loves racing a close second to his wife and son. There is also a sense of family in the whole Shelby team. Some are kind and wise while others are rash and will tell you when the stick it.
There are some funny bits with Henry Ford II, some of the other executives and the other race teams, but I’ll leave that for you to discover. There were some names I did not expect to see tired the the Mustang, but several of the industry captains came from this era.
The movie is PG-13, but I have zero problems in recommending this for family viewing. This one will get you a little in the “feels” and get your blood pumping a little. This is a must see for car nuts and fans of local history. Even though I am not a car guy, I really like the story.
This one will be parked next to some of the better car films in my collection.
About Ford v. Ferrari
Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
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