Los Angeles, CA — Real stories about larger-than-life people aren’t often the subject of major motion pictures from significant film studios — especially when those people come from the world of motorsports. But the buzz around this week’s premiere of Ford v Ferrari underscores that it’s a story people want to see and learn more about.
The biographical drama follows the determined team of American engineers and designers, led by Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles, who are tasked by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40. Their dream is that the new race car can finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans — a quest made even more lucrative to Ford after Enzo Ferrari cut off Ford’s offers to buy Ferrari’s company.
We thought it only fitting to share videos of the real people in the story — Carroll Shelby (portrayed in the film by Matt Damon) talking about everything from his early memories of riding in a car with his dad, a near-deal with Corvette, how he decided to quit racing and the attribute that helped Ford beat Ferrari.
And a rare glimpse at Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) as he takes actor James Drury (from The Virginian TV series) for a ride in a Shelby Cobra.