One of the classic rivalries in all of motorsports was the Ford vs. Ferrari rivalry of the ’60s that led to the legendary Ford GT40 racing cars. Those cars came about when Ford tried to buy Ferrari only to have Enzo Ferrari cut off talks at a late stage because Ford wasn’t going to allow Ferrari to remain the sole operator of the Ferrari racing division. Ferrari’s cancellation of the deal enraged Henry Ford II, and he handed down the mandate to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
A movie called Ford vs. Ferrari is a dramatization of the events surrounding that rivalry and what led up to the creation of the iconic Ford racing cars. Ford vs. Ferrari is set to hit theaters on November 15th, just in time for the holiday moviegoing season. This is a big budget Hollywood film with major stars tied to the project.
The Ford vs. Ferrari budget was reported at $100 million, and the film was produced by 20th Century Fox. The cast includes Christian Bale as Ken Miles, Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby, John Bernthal as Lee Iacocca, Tracy Letts as Henry Ford II, and Remo Girone as Enzo Ferrari. The director of the flick is James Mangold, the director of the X-Men film Logan.
We need good car-centric films at the theater, all we’ve had in the last few years other than Rush is the Fast & Furious franchise. While the Fast & Furious films are lots of fun, something more realistic in the automotive genre is welcome. If you aren’t familiar with the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford crushed Ferrari putting its GT40 racing cars in the top three spots. The modern Ford GT cars originally started as an idea for a mid-engine Viper.