It’s not very often we get a big Hollywood movie that was made just for us Drive-My folk, however Ford v Ferrari – titled Le Mans ’66 in the UK – is one such movie. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Le Mans ’66 is based on the story of how Carroll Shelby (Damon) and fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale) together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build the revolutionary GT40 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.
LE MANS ’66
Director James Mangold said: “I love stories that take you to a time when we were a little less cautious: when we were first figuring out our relationship to technology, how we were going to make excellent tools and faster better contraptions based upon our instincts more than computer models. Now, we’ve become so corporate, liability-protected, computer simulated and risk averse it’s hard to imagine the same kind of discovery is even possible. “The eccentric characters who pioneered racing, much like our astronauts and test pilots, put their lives on the line every day.
The cars were prototypes, one of a kind, and sometimes death traps, dawningage beasts so powerful they could tear themselves apart. The men behind the wheel and in the pits and garages came from all walks of life, speed junkies, technical engineers, entrepreneurs, military men, street racers, gamblers, designers, hot rodders, and car geeks, young and old. All working together at the very edge of technology without a map.” Amen to that. The bad news is it’s not released until November, still, that’s something to look forward to this winter!
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