Go Like Hell

Go Like Hell

Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Book - 2009
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By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather's company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them. Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2009.
ISBN: 9780618822195
Branch Call Number: 796.7209 BAIME A
Characteristics: xv, 304 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.


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Apr 10, 2012

This is racing. Unlimited budgets, bigger than life drivers, leading edge technology, death and destruction. If you want a story with more twists and turns than a Formula 1 track, this is it. Ferrari and Ford use their teams as chess pieces in a high stakes game with a win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans being the final move. What a great read!

Mar 01, 2012

I fell in love with this book and could not put it down once I started. It was not just about wonderful racing machines but also a great history about the culture, drivers, companies and the variety of characters’ involved in the piece of American automotive racing. I’m sure I will wait a couple of years and read it again for a recap.

Feb 11, 2012

A well-researched look at this major shift in sports prototype racing, and the characters who were involved. Also highlights the extreme danger of auto racing during the 1960s.

Aug 26, 2011

The year is 1963. Enzo Ferrari and his cars have dominated the 24 Hour Le Mans in France but now Ford wants to give it a shot. All about Ford starting from scratch to build a winning vehicle - Ford GT 40. Great background on Ferrari and Henry Ford the 2nd and their desire to build fast cars Feature drivers as John Surtees, Phil Hill. Mario Andretti, Bruce McLaren, Carroll Shelby and executive Lee Iaccocca

Jul 26, 2011

My husband read every word and loved it. It reads like a thriller and has loads of anecdotal trivia about the fierce competition between Ford and Ferrari in the early days of high speed racing. He recommends it totally and wants me to find him another book "just like it". Ever feel like that ?


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