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Don't Miss 'Ford v Ferrari'

Don't Miss 'Ford v Ferrari'
Christian Bale (L) and Matt Damon arrive at the premiere of Fox's "Ford V Ferrari" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 04, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

This column doesn’t normally include movie reviews, but we’re going to make an exception for "Ford v Ferrari." First, because it’s an excellent movie on its own. And second because one of the co-authors has a personal connection to a minor character in the movie.

Please understand the term ‘minor’ is only in relation to mega-stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Holman Moody was a major character in the racing life of Michael Reagan. In the movie, the pit crew at Le Mans is supplied by Moody.

In real life, Moody personally built the first racing engine in Michael’s 18’ Patterson race boat. It was an inboard engine and coincidentally enough, it was also a Ford engine. In this case a single overhead cam model.

Hardware is not the only reason we’re recommending the movie. As reviewer Kyle Smith explains, “['Ford v Ferrari'] is a delightful throwback, an old-school story of hard men solving tough problems, in superbly entertaining fashion.”

The story takes place in the mid-1960’s. Henry Ford, Jr. decided he wanted Ford to win the European sports car race called the 24 hours of Le Mans. The name describes the race. Rather than a fixed distance, the winner is the sports car that can go the farthest in 24 hours of all-out racing.

At the time, European sports car racing was a snooty pursuit where rich people, some pretending to be royalty, watched precise, prissy foreign cars go very fast. Cars that were elegant, efficient, and expensive.

Ford’s entry was about as popular as a redneck passing out and landing in the champagne punchbowl. Ford’s racing reputation at that time was associated with stock car and dirt track racing. Both events involved going in circles and turning in only one direction. One on pavement and the other on dirt. Even worse, the origins of stock car racing were tied — truthfully or not — to bootlegging and the vehicles hillbilly moonshiners used to outrun revenue agents.

In addition, American cars were big, powerful, relatively unsophisticated, and inelegant. And did we mention powerful?

No one gave the Yankee race car team much of a chance in this event dominated by European machines and European drivers. Call it a showdown of Bourbon versus Bordeaux. We won’t tell you who won, because that’s the job of the movie and we hate reviews that give away too much of the plot and worst of all, the ending.

Just go see the movie. You won’t be sorry.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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