• Jan 27th 2011 at 2:28PM
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Everybody loves Mad Men. It's a hit TV show that has something for everyone. Heck, it even features some nice old cars, like the pimpin' Lincoln that Betty Draper inherited from her father, and discussions around the office on marketing import cars for the first time in America. But what the series really needs – well, what we really need, anyway – is some good ol' classic racing action. Enter Hollywood producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

The British brothers' production company Scott Free just signed on to a project called The Drivers. It's based on Wallace A. Wyss' book "Shelby: The Man, the Cars, the Legend," which was optioned for the screen and is reportedly being turned into a television drama.

The series is set to follow the daring drivers from the U.S. and Europe who raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1950s and 1960s – one of the most exciting periods in racing history with plenty of material to draw on. There's no telling at this point when the project will begin filming, let alone air, but the notion of a Mad Men-style show set at La Sarthe has got our TiVos twitching already. Thanks for the tip, Peter!

[Source: Deadline.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be awesome. First the Senna movie, now this!
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the Scott bros. behind this, it will not fail.

      ...looking forward to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if only we could get Christina Hendricks in a Jump Suit and racing in it.
      Oh Hell, even January Jones in the same attire would make me a happy man.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not? Maybe the producers can dig up some old footage from the dozen or so racing films produced in years gone by. I'd love to see the "On the Beach" race re-run from the original black and white version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would be great! (I was born in the "tertre rouge" clinic, yeah like the tertre rouge bend ... less than mile away from the circuit)

      And by the way it's said "in Sarthe" as it's a county, not a city (Le Mans) is the city

      see you!

      • 4 Years Ago
      This has so much potential but I don't want to get my hopes up yet...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A popular series(endurance racing) with a great history to script from.So many ways the tracks,cars,plots,scenes,fashion and personalities can create a TV series to honor the enduros'.Just in time for the 24 hueres de toneahhhh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh sweet merry jesus... how am I supposed to focus ever again while waiting for this thing to come out.

      Mad Men + 50s/60s Le Mans... oh my... oh here come the water works.... tearing up I'm so happy...

      I both thank you and curse you for reporting this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I couldn't have said it better myself... After meeting Vic Elford in person at the Simeone Foundation, and hearing of his escapades at the Targa Florio, rally of Monaco and Le Mans, I'm completely amazed by classic sports car racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to see the series on auto racing.

      Some years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Carroll Shelby on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston when he was on his way to a golf outing in Florida. We talked cars for three hours and it was one of the most special events that I can remember.

      He spoke at length about Jim Hall and his racing team, the Corvette designs of Arkus-Dontov and how the Cobra came to be.

      You don't get chances like that often.

      Marty Goldsmith
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