‘Ford v Ferrari’ made history when it became the first auto racing movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards. The film won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.
In the 1960’s, Henry Ford II became determined to build a race car to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in which an American car had never won the race. The film is about so much more than auto racing however, it’s a true story about the bond between kindred spirits, car designer Carroll Shelby and maverick driver Ken Miles.
The movie has generated a renewed interest in Shelby’s legacy and the vehicles his team still produce today. It has also exposed the younger generations to an incredible underdog story they might not have known about.
In this episode of Driven Christian Bale and Matt Damon talk about ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and the amazing friendship between Shelby and Miles:
Then Driven host Tom Gregory goes to the Shelby American Heritage Center to find out what Shelby himself would have thought about the movie from some of his close associates.
“I think (Shelby) would have been very excited about it,” said Vince LaViolette, VP Operations at Shelby American.
“I think it did what we had hoped it would do, and that’s really introduce the story and the passion of individuals but also how the team worked together to overcome the rivalry,” said Gary Patterson, President of Shelby American.
We also get a behind-the-scenes look at the Shelby Las Vegas Production Center from LaViolette, who says he has the best job in the world. He thinks of Shelby each day and does everything the way he believes Shelby would want:
For the teams Shelby created in his Las Vegas production center, a legacy is not enough. Learn why they are continuing to create at a high level: