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Ford v Ferrari: Speed, Determination, and Rivalry

In the latest episode of The Adrian Moment podcast, hosts Ocean Murff and Jim Pullen dive into the high-octane world of auto racing as they discuss the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari.” The movie, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, depicts the true story of Ford Motor Company’s mission to build a revolutionary race car to challenge Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

Throughout the episode, Ocean and Jim explore various aspects of the film that resonated with them. Jim expresses his fascination with the portrayal of Ford executives as the “villains” of the story, highlighting their initial reluctance to fully invest in the development of their own racing vehicle. The hosts also touch on the allure of Ferrari’s brand compared to Ford’s mass-produced cars, emphasizing the prestige and rarity associated with the Italian automaker.

Ocean and Jim delve into the engineering genius of Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale, and his crucial role as both a skilled driver and an invaluable source of feedback for the Ford racing team. They discuss the challenges of communication between the driver and the pit crew during the era in which the film is set, and how Miles’ expertise was essential to the success of the GT40 program.

The hosts also express their admiration for the film’s stunning racing sequences and the incredible endurance required to compete in a 24-hour race like Le Mans. Ocean and Jim’s lively discussion offers listeners an engaging look at “Ford v Ferrari” and the world of auto racing, making this episode a must-listen for fans of the film and the sport alike.

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