I still remember the tattered copy of Lee Iacocoa’s book, his picture was on the cover. I was in school; had no idea who the man was. Those days, I read everything I could get my hands on; the books opened doors to far away places I had no idea existed. I read the book from cover to cover; the story was taking place millions of miles away in Detroit, USA in the Ford factory and finally moving to Chrysler. I was not interested in cars, but the names stood etched in mind. So simply put, Lee Iacocca had a fallout with Henry Ford II, vowed revenge, joined Chrysler and turned it around to rise again like a phoenix.
Then there was the news in the papers this year in July about the demise of Lee Iacocca and once gain, I remembered the book I read ages ago. I only remember him as an old man from the picture in the book.
You remember the movie Gone 60 Seconds, starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie; remember the last car Nicolas Cage had to steal – Ford Shelby GT500; that’s where I first heard the name Shelby – didn’t mean much; but the name stuck.
Then came Top Gear and The Grand Tour with the trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May. Their documentaries on racing cars gave an idea about who Carroll Shelby was.
And finally the movie Ford vs Ferrari, you see a young Lee Iacocca; the marketing head at Ford. It’s not just him all the other motoring legends – Enzo Ferrari, Carroll Shelby, Henry Ford II, Ken Miles come to life. The movie is fantastic – all the bits seen and heard so far about cars are now connected.
The movie is about the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari to win the 24 hour Le Mans race in France. Ferrari is the reigning champion and Ford has vowed to beat them. For the task Shelby is sought after and Shelby trusts only Ken Miles to win; Ford has other plans.
So what is the price that Ford has to pay to guarantee a win? A blank cheque? Watch the movie. It was a full house at the theatre, people were cheering.
To enjoy the movie you don’t have to be a car or racing buff; it’s about playing full out, it’s about winning and doing what it takes to win.
Till next post, take care !!