By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.
Baime 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 named 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 dangerous race in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans.
Go Like Hell transports readers to a golden era in racing when Ford’s innovative strategy led to victories on the track and renewed respect for the American automobile.
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A Very Entertaining Audiobook
Let me put a little of my bias right up front: I don't watch NASCAR, I occasionally watch CART, I always watch F1 (until a single driver is dominant two thirds through the season), and I always make sure I capture a little bit of the 24 Hrs of Le Mans - after all, who can watch the whole thing?!. But I love all the characters and the history of motor racing - and I really love stories about it - in the same way that I love hearing about the Space Race - regardless of how often I hear them.
With that prelude, I really enjoyed this audiobook: the narrator was exceedingly good - and between he and the author, it was a very well told story that succeeded in creating suspense at each stage of the story.
If you don't like racing at all, then it's probably not for you; but if you're looking for a good story - and not inclined to fixate if some details are glossed over in the interest of good story-telling, then this is well worth the investment.
- S. Perry
Goldern age of racing
Having not been there, the story unfolded wonderfully. It is well researched, captivating, and the narrator is great. I learned a significant amount from this book.
Carrol Shelby, slightly over Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. They're all legends, but having witnessed the aura of Shelby a little and recently visiting his shop/museum in Vegas, that man is a notch above everyone else in the book and racing history. There are many stories and quotes from Shelby, it's great (including the voice the narrator uses for him).
Thank God safety in racing has increased so much.
This book (story and narration) is so good I had to put off finishing (everything after the flag drops at Le Mans in '66) for about three weeks. I didn't want it to finish.
The book does end a little abruptly. The epilogue is less than 20 minutes, but could easily be 60+ minutes without being boring.
There is supposed to be a film adaptation in the works. I'd be satisfied if it was 1/3 as good as this book. Too bad Shelby cannot have a cameo.
- Dan R.