Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime

Go Like Hell

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Baime’s book was hard to put down. He takes the reader back to 1964 when Henry Ford II, decided to take his company global. Ford felt the best way to do this was by racing in Europe, and winning the 24 Hours of LeMans. But another titan of the automobile world stood in his way: Enzo Ferrari. Ford tried to buy Ferrari. Ferrari used Ford to get a better deal from the Italian government and Fiat. So Ford turn to his own company and a former racer named Carroll Shelby. It took two years and a lot of money but Ford was successful. We learn success on the race track translated into car sales both domestically and internationally. The book clearly shows the high-stakes. Racing in the 1960s, both in the US and in European was dangerous. Drivers died constantly as the automobiles and tracks are designed for speed not safety. Although the book is about racing and racing cars, the story is really one about strong willed men willing to bet it all on one 24 hour race.

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321 pages

Ford GT40 Mk-IIFord GT40 MKII
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Ferrari 330 P3Ferrari 330 P3
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