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Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans | [AJ Baime]

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

By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.
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By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

Baime 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 named 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 dangerous race in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans.

Go Like Hell transports readers to a golden era in racing when Ford’s innovative strategy led to victories on the track and renewed respect for the American automobile.

©2009 Brian Biegel and Peter Thomas Fornatale (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Scott 12-29-13
    Scott 12-29-13
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    "A Very Entertaining Audiobook"
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    Let me put a little of my bias right up front: I don't watch NASCAR, I occasionally watch CART, I always watch F1 (until a single driver is dominant two thirds through the season), and I always make sure I capture a little bit of the 24 Hrs of Le Mans - after all, who can watch the whole thing?!. But I love all the characters and the history of motor racing - and I really love stories about it - in the same way that I love hearing about the Space Race - regardless of how often I hear them.

    With that prelude, I really enjoyed this audiobook: the narrator was exceedingly good - and between he and the author, it was a very well told story that succeeded in creating suspense at each stage of the story.

    If you don't like racing at all, then it's probably not for you; but if you're looking for a good story - and not inclined to fixate if some details are glossed over in the interest of good story-telling, then this is well worth the investment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan R. 01-26-15
    Dan R. 01-26-15
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    "Goldern age of racing"
    What did you love best about Go Like Hell?

    Having not been there, the story unfolded wonderfully. It is well researched, captivating, and the narrator is great. I learned a significant amount from this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carrol Shelby, slightly over Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. They're all legends, but having witnessed the aura of Shelby a little and recently visiting his shop/museum in Vegas, that man is a notch above everyone else in the book and racing history. There are many stories and quotes from Shelby, it's great (including the voice the narrator uses for him).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thank God safety in racing has increased so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This book (story and narration) is so good I had to put off finishing (everything after the flag drops at Le Mans in '66) for about three weeks. I didn't want it to finish.

    The book does end a little abruptly. The epilogue is less than 20 minutes, but could easily be 60+ minutes without being boring.

    There is supposed to be a film adaptation in the works. I'd be satisfied if it was 1/3 as good as this book. Too bad Shelby cannot have a cameo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 11-16-13
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"

    Just a great book. Enough details of the main characters; Shelby, Ferarri, Ford, and so on without becoming a mini-biography on any one person.

    A lot of interesting figures from that time so it's a feat to include everyone and not get carried away.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
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    "A must read for any car person."
    Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 5


    What other book might you compare Go Like Hell to and why?

    Haven't read anything like it to compare.


    Which character – as performed by Jones Allen – was your favorite?

    None, Allen's accents are really bad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ferrari, Ford... Le Mans


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    price 05-29-15
    price 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "No baloney, just a great true story."

    Mix historical circumstances, delicate big shot egos, and stubborn geniuses pushing technology's envelope, and you almost can't help coming up with a killer narrative. Not many frills in the language, just enough emotion to try to clue the listener in... in to just how remarkable/insane the speeds and performance were, wrung from what we'd think of today as low-tech. This stuff will never happen again, the way it happened, body count and all.

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    Brian 05-26-15
    Brian 05-26-15

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    "Enzo vs Henry, an epic battle"
    Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was so intense it felt like a great fiction novel. The fact that all the stories, drivers, cars, and engineers were real made it that much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo Ferrari was a genius and a visionary.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't strictly for motorheads, anyone who appreciates competition, engineering, or industrial process will appreciate this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-13-15
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    "Adam Carolla & Ice T made me do it"

    Adam Carolla recommended this book on his Car Cast pod cast recently and I found out about Audible.com from Ice T. It's a strange way to trip across an audio book and player but we'll worth it. This book is incredible. I occupant stop listening.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger United States 04-09-15
    Roger United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2012

    Roger Laidig- Author of Finding Purpose and Joy, It's a Journey

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a Indy Car racing fan in the 1960's. I loved the Indy 500 and really didn't know much of the Le Mans or Ford's involvement in the racing scene. That said, I really enjoyed this book and learning about the influence and history of both Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford Jr.


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    Corey C. Jordan Long Island 04-09-15
    Corey C. Jordan Long Island 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good read for anyone, especially racing fans."
    Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top10% of audio books I've listened to, and I have very diverse tastes.


    What other book might you compare Go Like Hell to and why?

    This book tends to stand by itself, win the closest comparison being the works of Pete Lyons.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jones Allen?

    Probably


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My schedule is too hectic to listen to any audio book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Like many narrators unfamiliar with the actual characters, Allen mispronounced names. For example, it's not John sur-TEASE....It's John SUR-tees. He places too much emphasis on the second syllable of the last name.

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    Chaka 04-04-15
    Chaka 04-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Edge of your seat historical action."

    Amazing book that shows you the men behind iconic names like Ferrari, Shelby and McLaren. Really enjoyed it! It was incredible learning about the war between Enzo Ferraro and Henry the deuce and the development of the legendary GT40.

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