Ford v Ferrari is a fantastic old fashion movie movie, well written, well directed and cut, wonderful cast, nice relationships and just enough “truth” to suggest the major themes. You want great entertainment in a movie, do not miss FvF. It’s no documentary, but it’s a great ride – for anyone. You want history, the real rather than reel story? Read a book. I could make a suggestion? (Twice Around the Clock, Yanks at Le Mans https://www.yanksatlemans.com/about.html, per the Editor)
That was an excellent review for which, thanks. I think I agree in large or small part with each of the comments too. Overall, I enjoyed it as a movie (it’s arrived here in Australia), but wearied of so many clank/bang downshifts and malevolent Bandini portrayal. Pity the Shelby character wasn’t half a foot taller but he did the job well. An era of great style and bravery, wasn’t it!
The film is littered with glaring inaccuracies. The Hollywood scriptwriters have tried to re-invent history. The props used for set dressing are not convincing (obviously modern replicas and some with clearly empty engine bays), some of the action scenes are beyond laughable and worst of all is the awful trait which movie directors seem to be addicted to – the mashing of the accelerator pedal and the aggressive gear change when the car is already supposed to be travelling flat out: there are many, many ways to pick seriously large holes in this movie, but nevertheless it’s an enjoyable way to spend two and a half hours. The characters aren’t convincing, but their acting is ok. Christian Bale’s accent had me laughing out loud. Anyone who doesn’t know about him would come away from this film thinking Ken Miles was Australian. Those criticisms apart, the look of the film was great, with clever cinematography. Go and see it anyway – it’s only 250 minutes of your life and you might enjoy it. In the same week I saw Midway, which I thought was much better, but I know less about the war in the Pacific than I do about sports racing cars. For all I know there’s a guy out there saying how inaccurate Midway is and listing all the faults.
The producer said it was not based on a book. The book Go Like Hell, which 20th had bought, was resold to a TV company. I enjoyed it but it doesn’t go very far past ’66 whereas other histories do…(hint, hint SHELBY The Man, the Cars, The Legend).
Thanks for Wallace Wyss’s perceptive review. Petra and I got an early screening here in Denver too, and his observations pretty much agree with ours. Bottom line – it’s a must-see for just about anyone, hard-core or not, because it’s all there – lots of riveting action, a touch of romance, character development, central hero, villains, pathos, super photography, and the plot line is (mostly) TRUE!
I think even ol’ Shel would have liked it. Oh, he’d have some sharp wise-ass commentary alright, but behind the facade he’d be preening his feathers. After all, he did an astonishing job … but OMG, the money! We were still dragging race cars around on open trailers when Ford’s big semi’s started showing up, chock full of cars, lifts, offices, machine shops, fork trucks, spares, interchangeable monster motors, switchable gear boxes and brakes … WHAAAT?! Ken of course was quick as lightening and knew his stuff. And I never thought of Lloyd as “that NASCAR guy.” Uh, USAC guy? Blazingly fast guy? Anyhow, we’ll see it again to glean any useful tidbits for our book, “Full Circle,” about the first Ferrari GTO. I know people are busy as hell, but don’t miss it (the film, and the book!)
Cornball crap. Pure and simple, and all the worse because this pretty much precludes a mature film about Shelby who was too ornery for M. Damon to even imagine.
I saw a sneak preview and it’s a great movie! They captured the authenticity of the story. You don’t have to be a race fan or car guy to like this film. Superb action, good character development, drama with LOTS of humor. The pace and length are perfect. Could have shown more on the Ferrari side though. And I’m sure Miles and Bandini didn’t stare each other down going top speed, but it’s a movie. Bales will win the Oscar. I’m going again this weekend. Can’t wait to see it again.
I am also an automotive artist but, not the master artist that is Wallace Wyss. I’m a former SCCA sport car and Pro Rally driver, since 1965. I know the back story and yes, I’m one of those “gear heads” that tears racing films apart. I’ve worked on a couple, years ago.
I’m going to see this film and enjoy it because, I’m just glad the story is, at least partially, being told. When I saw the film clips, I laughed at the casting. I agree that Mat Damon is not only too short but also a lot “prettier” than Carroll Shelby at that age. And Jon Bernthal as Lee Iacocca, really? I met Mr. Iaccoca when I was driving Chrysler/Mitsubishi product rally cars in ’79 and ’80. As a teenager I saw Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby at Riverside International Raceway and Willow Springs many times. Good job on Christian Bale but his nose is a little too small. However, his facial expressions and demeanor seem to be right on the money. I can’t wait to see the uncut version.
Danny V. Johnson
Thanks to all for the great comments! Yes, I realize how lucky I am to have these models, I tried to convey that to Roger as I considered him a very special friend, one that now I truly miss.
I have not photographed the other models, I shot these in a studio and will try to borrow it again for Roger’s Models Part 2. Roger did make others besides the ones that I have. He made a perfect model of an Amilcar which duplicates a car that belongs to a friend of mine, the same with a Chevron coupe that is raced by another friend.
We have a wonderful Museum here locally, the World of Speed Museum, 80,000 sq ft of properly displayed race cars and hot rods and I think Roger’s Models will be there someday.
Great story! Beautiful models! In many ways, Roger seems to have captured the essence of the cars, which some fine modern commercial products don’t realize. I was particularly impressed with his solution to the wheels: the choice of transparent material rather than little spokes for the wheel centers really works, artfully suggesting the fragility of the cars of the period. Thanks for your story; I hope the collection finds a home where others can admire them and how they came to be.
Every one of the models captures its own absolute and unexplainable essence.
Thanks very much, and are all the 23x ROGER JACKSON models in the Dale LaFollette collection viewable online somewhere?
I’m always intrigued to see scratch-built car models and these are truly charming. In my neck of the woods – western New York State – I seem to be the only one building from scratch and it just so turns out that I’ve also built the 1921 Duesenberg and the 1914 Mercedes, both from brass, copper and aluminum in 1/18 scale.
Incredible story, magnificent models! The Jimmy Murphy Duesenberg in which he won the 1921 Grand Prix at Le Mans is one of the few cars I can find that raced in the official US racing colors of white body with blue chassis and numbers. Jimmy did race the same colors at Indy.
What an amazing story, a long-lasting friendship built on a common passion, delightful to read. And what amazing models, Dale has been the fortunate recipient of some truly remarkable models of some truly remarkable vehicles. I do hope this collection stays together and the story is widely told. Does anyone know of any other of Roger’s models in existence? Thank you, Dale for sharing this with us.
Great bio, Pete. But no mention of all the time you take with individual would-be subscribers who are lost in the system. Many thanks.
The best part of VT for me has been knowing you as I love your enthusiasm and being able to tell all the folks that go to work every day and ask me what I do in retirement that I am employed without that hassle of actually being employed!
Thanks for this biography. I really like your motto … “stay focused.”
I loved this, Pete. It was so great getting to know you a little more. Keep up the great work!
Good to meet you, even if it is online. and thanks for a great magazine – can’t do without my regular shot!
Michael John Shappard
Nice bio, with two very serious portraits. I’ll bet there is a great smile in there somewhere–you certainly make me smile, frequently!
It’s a good summing up. Even as a contributor, I didn’t know you were once a hands-on mechanic. I think it must be a source of pride that you were among the first to publish something from fledgling photographers, artists and writers new in the field and your nurturing helped them develop their craft more for the benefit of all of us enthusiasts who can’t make all the great events taking place around the world…
‘Interesting piece on beautiful small Bugattis, and they do seem to fit the definition of model too. One small criticism: please do be careful of grammar in such an article.
In the paragraph headed “But, but, you must be mistaken…,” “However” is not a conjunction, and “Whom” is not subjective. As used, the correct conjunction where “however” was used would be “but.” Otherwise the conjunctive adverb “however” should follow a period or a semi-colon. For “whom,” the correct word would have been “who” in that particular sentence, “who” being the subject in the clause “who are recognized…” I understand that “whom” may appear to be an object of being recognized, but the sentence uses “whom” as a subject.
I’m not trying to be picky, but those interested in preservation need also to work to preserve our language, a very precious thing indeed!
Serge Krauss, Jr.
Thanks, Serge, for ruining a great read, you remind me of Sister Ann my English teacher in HS.