The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: 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.
Some huge gaps in the read.
First off, the real story behind the book is amazing. Le Mans of the years prior to the big event showed a great insight to what led Ford to fight Ferrari.
The big thing that I disliked was that when reading about Daytona ’65, it gets to about 3 hours into the event, then skips straight to the finish and a quick recap of the finishing order.
+ Great story
+ Lots of quotes from real people inside and outside the Ford’s and Ferrari’s close circle
+ Great split up of content from one chapter on one side of the Atlantic and the next chapter on the other side.
+ Great prologue
+ Great epilogue
- Choppy story that jumps around
- Can be confusing with all the different dates in the story marking significant historical events (a lot were out of order).