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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 02:32 PM

Opinion: Ford v Ferrari depicts a car guy generation best left dead and gone

Ford v Ferrari, which opened Friday, Nov. 15 starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, follows British racing driver Ken Miles (Bale), and hot-rodder Carroll Shelby (Damon) as they build a special race car to help the Ford Motor Company beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. The goal was to break Enzo Ferrari’s stronghold on international racing that had his Scuderia Ferrari winning everything throughout the 1960s.

They strike an odd-couple pair: Miles is a wiry, eccentric Brit; Shelby is a square-jawed, cowboy-hat-wearing Texan. Neither much like the corporate pressure exerted by Ford chief Lee Iacocca and his marketing goons, who themselves were humiliated by Ferrari’s Old World gravitas after a bungled buyout attempt. And there you have the necessary tension for a movie.

It’s a beautifully shot film that will be enjoyable for modern car buyers and enthusiasts alike — engines rev, tires squeal, stopwatches click. But what I saw is a devastating picture of the lack of diversity that permeated the industry in the 1960s.

https://nationalpost.com/entertainment/movies/ford-v-ferrari-depicts-a-car-guy-generation-best-left-dead-and-gone?fbclid=IwAR2kY2n9FHKKtpogzwlfrAZq2sloasbMEtVcNc6Rb7KcibcgiO50KEmbhoE#comments-area

They can just re-make it in a few years and have women play the leads.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 02:59 PM

1. . But what I saw is a devastating picture of the lack of diversity that permeated the industry

in the 1960's"

What?

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 03:14 PM

2. A film review.....

...thinly veiled in historical presentism with a smattering of social justice gobbledygook.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:43 PM

3. There's plenty women in racing...























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Response to Iron Condor (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:01 PM

4. More and more behind the wheel/handlebars these days, too.

Interestingly, it's in professional drag racing that you see the most female contenders (and even champions) at the highest levels.

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