Ford versus Ferrari? These two car companies seemingly have nothing in common today. Back in the 1960s, however, things were a bit different. Ferrari ruled the world of motorsports, and Ford was vying for a piece of that international glory.
Starting in 1960, a Ferrari won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six years in a row. Ford wanted to put a stop to that, and in 1966, the Blue Oval entered the winning GT40 Mk II, which ended Ferrari's amazing streak. That was just the beginning, however, because a Ford GT40 would go on to win at Le Mans for the next three years.

The story about these battling automakers was captured in a book written by A.J. Baime, called Go Like Hell. This book takes readers into the heart of the road racing war that was waged over 50 years ago.

Now, the story has captured the attention of Hollywood. Director Michael Mann is in talks with 20th Century Fox to turn Go Like Hell into a movie. This presents us with some interesting questions. Most notably, we wonder which actors will be cast to play the various roles of larger-than-life motorsports icons. Have you got a good idea of who might fit a specific part? Sound off in the Comments.


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      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Auto racing is FULL of hollywood-worthy stories. It's about time someone started making films out of them.
      GoFaster58
      • 3 Years Ago
      Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are both gone. James Garner is too old. These were the last real actor/racers. They all made racing movies. While those movies were just so-so entertaining, they were interesting. It's hard to make an entertaining racing movie. I do wish this one success. At least it has a story that I'm familiar with and I would go see it.
        MichelleB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GoFaster58
        take it from the wife of the author!.... first read the book. You'll really enjoy it because it's a people story and a wonderful american business story... that's why this film will be interesting and different. It's like Sea Biscuit was to horse racing...then again I'm biased! I really pray they do the book justice.
      rrraptorfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      As to the GT 40 being a Lola in every respect and designed in Europe, that's bunk. The heart of a GT40 was a 427 C.I. Ford engine-- designed and built in the good ole US of A! In fact when the Europeans couldn't match that little piece of American engineering they changed the rules so Ford and the independents could no longer use it! This is a great idea for a movie, I enjoy true stories about great events. Movies like Bottle Shock, Remember the Titans, Invincible, Cinderella Man, and Secretariat, and others seem to have a head start on totally fiction movies. My only actor suggestion would be the guy from Bottle Shock could play Dan Gurney.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rrraptorfan
        Yup, don't forget that Shelby America did all the fine tuning of the suspension, brakes, and drive line. Chassis was designed in Europe in 1963/64, but it was fine tuned to win and stand up in good ol' USA
      AC2RC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actors ? Maybe we can make some good drivers out of them like the fine gentleman Paul Newman !
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just finished reading this book. While reading it at night, it took all I could, to not wake my wife up, screaming HELL YEAH! Such an awesome story. It seriously is the stuff movies are made out of.
      Gio Gio
      • 3 Years Ago
      Almost 50 years ago, one of the biggest industries in the whole world decided to make Enzo pay for his heroical commitment to perfection and for his strenuos resistance in selling them the factory he built alone with his genius and bravery. So they hired an European factory to design, develop and build a new car (face it guys, the GT40 is a Lola in every respect) with an unlimited budget. Then !surprise!, after a few years they managed to beat that immensely smaller factory in one of the many motorsports it was involved in (let's not forget Ferrari was and is mainly an F1 competitor). And here we are, 50 years later, still listening that old story like it's some kind of well-ending fairy tale. Really, can't understand what the fuss is all about! Regarding the movie: every movie involving '60 motorsports and directed by Mann, will be awesome! Can't wait to see it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gio Gio
        Ferrari was winning all the races, but at great human expense. Italians were getting upset because so many race drviers were dying at the wheels of his cars, so he could win. Enzo threatened to sell the company to spite his fellow countrymen Italians. He went so far as vetting Ford and teasing them. This in turn raised the value of his company, at which point, Enzo backed out of the deal with Ford, and sold a portion to Fiat for more money. Ford was upset and told Iacoco to create a race car to beat Enzo at his own game. Read the book, it's awesome.
          Davide
          • 9 Days Ago

          Anon, it was the 1960s. Safety wasn't a thing yet, and cars were quickly becoming too fast for existing circuits built for pre-war speeds, so every car maker had race drivers dying at the wheels of their machines at a pretty alarming rate: for example, both Walt Hansgen and Ken Miles died behind the wheel of the GT40 in 1966. Ferrari only faced such heavy criticism from the Italian press because it was the most famous and most successful racing team in the world.

        mtullycts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gio Gio
        "decided to make Enzo pay for his heroical commitment to perfection and for his strenuos resistance in selling them the factory he built alone with his genius and bravery" - Get real Gio Gio. I would advise you to read the book, then report back on what the "fairy tale" is. Enzo played a con on Ford in order to make FIAT pay more. Ford took it personally and kicked Enzo's ass at LeMans. Great story.
        Oscar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gio Gio
        Obviously, you weren't there to realize the significance. Besides the use of Detroit V8's, you also fail to mention the development of the J Car and the subsequent 1967 Mk IV (largely in-house designs), that won both Sebring and LeMans that year.
      Cheese
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was such a terrific book with colorful portrayals of automotive icons contesting LeMans. The Industrialists, the Engineers, the Drivers, and their machines... I am very much looking forward to a movie version to park next to Grand Prix on my DVD shelf.
      feeboo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Write-up makes it seem as though Ford first entered in 1966. They first entered in 1965 where they lost to Ferrari.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @feeboo
        1964 was the first year they raced using 289s They lost big time. 1965 was the first year of the 427. Lost big time. 1966 They had the big controversial win (1 & 2) with Ken Miles losing by a technicality.
      hyspeedllc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carroll Shelby: Gene Hackman
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Cast: H Ford II Alec Baldwin Enzo James Gandolfini Shelby Matthew McConaughey Gurney Carl Edwards Foyt IV Tony Stewart
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to put Patrick Dempsey and Eric Bana in this in some capacity. They are both true actor-racers. Michael Mann is one of my favourite directors. I've seen Heat 10-15 times which may not sound like a lot until you remember it's like four hours long. So he could definitely give the story needed realism while still keeping it entertaining and suspenseful. The problem? There are no good racing films. They all suck. I like a lot of them (I watch Le Mans LOUD), but they're all terrible films. "Top Gun With Cars" is the best racing film of all time. That says something.
      Ken Hills
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't use Hollywood to cast a movie about fast cars/business/and hardball reality. The world of politics would provide more realistic people than Hollywood's vegan-Prius drivers. How about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as Henry Ford ll ...New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg as Enzio Ferrari ... Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn as Carroll Shelby ... and Florida Senator Marco Rubio as one of the winning Ford drivers. Harry Reid could play the French village- idiot whose Donkey cart gets on the track.
        rrraptorfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ken Hills
        No no, Congressman Barney Fwank could play Enzio Ferrari and Sarah Palin could be one of the drivers.
        rrraptorfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ken Hills
        Oh, and Rush Limbaugh could play John Holman.
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