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Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
Albert J. Baime’s nonfiction book is a dramatic, exciting auto-racing tale that reveals the transatlantic rivalry and hubris of two industry giants, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari of Italy.
Ford, grandson of the original Henry, aims to defeat Ferrari at the 24-hours of Le Mans. After some stumbling, he adopts the approach, “If at first you don’t succeed, use a bigger hammer.” He fields a racing sports car engine that’s nearly twice the size (displacement) of the sleek Ferrari 330 P3.
Enzo Ferrari is nevertheless confident: “Four liters [displacement] are enough because our experience tells us that this is the right capacity for a proper all-around balance.” His plan, however, doesn’t account for a surprise from his No. 1 driver, John Surtees.
A second hammer “Deuce” Ford brings is a guy named Carroll Shelby, who pronounces, “Ferrari’s ass is mine.” Despite the crudity, Shelby is a mechanical whiz who delivers a tiger-tuned MK II.
Familiar race drivers like Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Phil Hill, Mario Andretti, Jim Hall, John Fitch, Bob Bondurant, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren and A. J. Foyt appear. The results, perhaps predictably, are full of pun-intended turns, tire-shredding developments, and death.
Gearheads, auto enthusiasts, tech geeks and auto-industry watchers alike will find Go Like Hell fascinating.
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