There's a lot going on in the cinematographic industry right now, and this year has appeared to be the year of nostalgy revived, with lots and lots of remakes, reboots, and movies about classics or stories we already know, and it's good to know that there are still markets for new-ish stories, since we now have Ford v Ferrari, the new race car movie with Christian Bale and Matt Damon, which is proof that Hollywood can still make original blockbuster movies other than a sequel or a superhero tape, according to its director, James Mangold. We say new-ish and not new because the movie is based on a real-life story.
The film portrays how Henry Ford II sought to relaunch his brand by hiring a designer and driver capable of beating Enzo Ferrari's Italian racing machines in the famous Le Mans 24-hour race back in 1966.
Filmed with a budget of 100 million dollars and with few computer-generated effects, this film is one of the few major Hollywood projects in which there is no sure bet for a sequel or a superhero story, it's interesting and dramatic, full of testosterone but not too much to make you bother, it's just a good portrait of what's based on, including the era, watch it online and you'll know we're telling the truth.
In 1966 there was a competition, a company and most importantly, a car, which put the United States, for the first time, on the stage of world motor racing, it is clear that a deal as big as this one would give place to a dramatic plot both for a movie and the real world. After the attempt to buy the Enzo Ferrari empire failed, Henry Ford II declared war on him and Ford Total Performance was born. Legends of motor racing like Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren, and Chris Amon took advantage of the occasion and led the campaign, it was a savage competition involving lots of money, pride, frustration, and races.
The result was the birth of the legendary Ford GT Mark II. The battle was planned for the 24 Hours of Le Mans of the year 1966, more than half a century ago, considered one of the most prestigious races in the world. Ferrari was dethroned when Ford dominated the track to achieve the first American victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this would declare a war between these two car brands.
The Shelby-American chassis P / 1046, piloted by New Zealanders Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, won the prestigious race. The P1046 was removed from the competition shortly after winning at Le Mans and went through a lot of hands and restorations. In 2014, Robert Kauffman, owner of RK Motors bought the car. The vehicle went through an extensive restoration at the hands of Rare Drive in New Hampshire.
On the 50th anniversary of the historic victory, the P / 1046 chassis was in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016, when Ford won again. The story continues in November 2019 with the premiere of the movie 'Ford v Ferrari', and it really couldn't pass without calling the attention of many, with the presence of talents as big as those of the starring duo, Matt Damon and Christian Bale, both of which make a great job, watch it now to see it for yourself.
To celebrate, the P/1046 chassis moved to Los Angeles for the film's premiere. As if it were a star, the legendary car shared the red carpet with the actors and technicians of the film. The legacy of one of the great car racing stories is still alive.