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Went and saw it last night. Obviously its hollywood so they had to dramatize a little (aka vilify Leo Beebe) and compress 3-4 years worth of stuff into 2.5 hours (no mention of the 1964 GT40 program), but I understood and enjoyed the hell out of it. I was really happy that Ken Miles was the real focus of the movie, because not only was he was the driving force behind that program, he was stripped of the 66' win on a technicality, died, and then his contributions faded into the shadows.

The ONE thing that inexplicably irked me about the whole movie was a panning shot of the Shelby-American hangar that showed a Daytona coupe with 20" Halibrand replica wheels, something that was not at all period correct. It bothered me the whole time for some reason lol
 

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Great Movie, a few things wrong though.....

1. Miles didn't die trying to open the door, he blew up in the car
2. Miles and Shelby never threw a punch and or fought each other, hollywood just loves drama
 

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Great Movie, a few things wrong though.....

1. Miles didn't die trying to open the door, he blew up in the car
2. Miles and Shelby never threw a punch and or fought each other, hollywood just loves drama
Miles wasn't blown up either...

The Ford J-car was intended to be the successor to the all-conquering Ford GT Mk.II and, despite reliability problems, showed potential in the springtime Le Mans trials. After the death of Walt Hansgen in a Mk.II Ford, the decision was made to shelve the J-car and focus on the proven Mk IIs, and little development was done for the rest of the 1966 World Sports Car Championship season. Finally, in August 1966, Shelby American resumed testing and development work with Miles serving as primary test driver. The J-car featured a breadvan-shaped rear section that experimented with Kammback aerodynamic theories, as well as a revolutionary (but untested) honeycomb panel design that was supposed to both lighten and stiffen the car, but the design remained unproven with high-speed prototype sports cars.

After almost a day of testing at Riverside International Raceway in the brutally hot Southern California desert summer weather, Miles approached the end of the track's 1-mile (1.6 km), downhill back straight at top speed (200-plus mph) when the car suddenly looped, flipped, crashed and caught fire. The car broke into pieces and ejected Miles, killing him instantly. The car had suffered precisely the sort of crash damage the honeycomb construction was designed to prevent. As a result, the aerodynamics of the J-car were heavily modified to correct the rear-end lift generated at race speeds. Ford officials, under pressure after the second of two fatal accidents in the programme in five months, also ordered a NASCAR-style steel tube rollover cage to be installed in future versions of the car. The death of 47-year-old Miles, following that of 46-year-old Hansgen, led Ford to favour younger drivers in subsequent race entries. The significantly revised J-car, renamed the Ford Mk IV, won the only two races in which it was entered: the 1967 Sebring (Fla.) 12 Hours, and the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. The steel roll cage in the Mk IV (mandated as a direct result of Miles's death) probably saved the life of Mario Andretti, who crashed violently during the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans but escaped.

Miles is interred at the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
 

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Well, that explains it. Silly women. :rolleyes:

So I Googled that woman author's name and found out she actually wrote a cool article about the movie. I also found out the long straight away scene was filmed on some long country road down in South Georgia.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-14/ford-v-ferrari-secrets-behind-the-stunning-cars-and-crashes
Alot of the race scenes were filmed on hutchinson island in Savannah on a road called "grand prize of america avenue" that used to be a racetrack for the indy lights division in the late 90's. Me and my friends go down there every may for a European car show on the island, I've driven on that same road.
 
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