Go Like Hell

Go Like Hell

By A J Baime

  • Release Date: 2010-06-17
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
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Description

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them. Go Like Hell 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, 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 brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.

Reviews

  • Great story good read

    4
    By Jsurfn
    An interesting read. Even if your not so much a car guy, but like the 50's and 60's era. Only thing is it would be nice to have some pictures of the people, cars and tracks that are written about. Don't know if the paper version was different. It just would be nice to not have to google the people, cars etc to see what they look like every few pages.
  • Go Like Hell

    3
    By cubbo 55
    Good read, but I wish the author would've continued writing through 1967-69 in the same level of detail. To describe the greatest LeMans race (1967) in a couple paragraphs does the entire story a great disservice.
  • A great book!

    5
    By tm0029
    Really enjoying this one! Learning a lot about the historical significance of Le Mans and Fords history making run. A great read for car guys!

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