What we know about the upcoming film 'Ford v. Ferrari'

Whether it's Steve McQueen blasting his Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback through San Francisco in "Bullitt" or John Milner's yellow '32 Ford deuce coupe taking on Harrison Ford's flat black '55 Chevy at the end of "American Graffiti," the folks here at Heartland Ford of Heber Springs have always been nuts about a great car movie, helping us get to the bottom of our popcorn bucket in record time with high octane thrills. Our excitement edges up a notch when the co-star is a great Ford.

We're understandably excited, then, about an upcoming movie that details one of the greatest true stories in the history of Ford Performance: the quest by motorsports icons Henry Ford II and racing legend Carroll Shelby to build the legendary 1966 Ford GT40, the car that finally beat Ferrari at its own game by dominating that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans road race in France. Engineered and built under what was called an impossible deadline, the mid-engine, Ford-powered GT40 would go on to achievements few other cars in racing history have matched. Restored examples of the GT40 have since sold at auction for more than $10 million dollars. 

Called "Ford v. Ferrari," the film is scheduled to be released on November 15 and stars two Oscar winners. Matt Damon portrays the brash Texan Carroll Shelby, the engineering genius behind such iconic Fords as the Shelby Cobra, the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 and others. Christian Bale plays storied Ford Racing test driver Ken Miles. Jon Berenthal, who portrayed the treacherous deputy Shane Walsh on AMC's "The Walking Dead," will co-star as Ford executive Lee Iacocca.

Trailers have already been released for "Ford v. Ferrari," and it looks to be a real thrill ride, detailing Shelby's take-no-prisoners approach to building the GT40, with the hot-headed racer and mechanic butting heads with the bean counters at Ford as his team of misfits and drivers work to build the radically different design into one of the best, most beautiful and most valuable race cars of all time. SPOILER: The GT40 would go on to win Le Mans not only in 1966 -- the first time an American car had won a major European road race since the 1920s -- but would follow up by winning Le Mans four years running between 1966 and 1969, skunking the haughty Italians at Ferrari along with every other big-name European sports car manufacturer.

"Ford v. Ferrari" was co-written and directed by James Mangold, who previously headed up the Johnny Cash biography "Walk the Line," along with critical hits like "3:10 to Yuma" (which also starred Christian Bale) and "Girl, Interrupted," which won Angelina Jolie an Oscar for Best Actress.  The film is based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed." Walt Disney Pictures started production on the $100 million dollar film in July 2018, with locations in Georgia, California, New Orleans and Le Mans, France.

It's going to be a long summer while we're waiting on "Ford v. Ferrari" to open this fall, but we've got plenty to keep us occupied as we build Heartland Ford into the dealership Heber Springs deserves. Stop in today and check out our full lineup -- including the incredible 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition, a tribute to McQueen's iconic '68 fastback from "Bullitt" -- or you can shop our selection online at heartlandford.com
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