Perfect Driving Moment? by Jericoke
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Movie Review: Ford v Ferrari (aka LeMans '66) by cosworth151
[Today at 02:38:29 PM]
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Veterans Day/Remembrance Day by Jericoke
[November 18, 2019, 02:19:59 AM]
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Today at 04:14:01 PM by Jericoke
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Have you ever had a 'Perfect Driving Moment'?
I've had three:
Once in my Mercury Cougar. It was a beautiful clear day, I was on the 401 (main highway in Canada that connects Windsor to Montreal) going go visit some friends. The sun was out, the air was clear, and even the trucks were going well over the speed limit. Traffic was flowing perfectly, everyone driving respectfully. It was an absolute pleasure.
Second, a family trip to Montreal in a Ford Escape. It had been a crazy day at work, we had to pack the car and then head out. I just wanted to go. I was sweaty from running around, so I changed into clean clothes. The traffic thinned out, I felt like it was just me on the highway (401 again). That's the first time I'd put on fresh clothes before a long drive, and now I always do!
Third was a trip to a scout camp with my kid in a Ford Fusion. I was driving on highway 402, a spur of the 401 that connects to Sarnia (where Ontario's gasoline comes from). They had just installed some of those big wind turbines, I'd never seen so many before, turning in sync it's hypnotizing. There was a soft rock song on the radio, the sort of song everyone knows and can hum along with (I forget what it was), and I was just in that driving zone.
November 18, 2019, 02:00:06 AM by Jericoke
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Movie Review: Ford v Ferrari
I grew up in a Ford family. I love to watch racing. I find the history of the sport fascinating, I find the history of the business fascinating. I’m the four quadrant target audience for this movie. So, as far as I’m concerned, this movie has to be perfect, or it’s a lemon.
I’ve heard the general beats of the story: Ford offers to buy Ferrari, Ferrari very eloquently tells them to screw off, and it’s game on for Ford to beat Ferrari at LeMans. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of any of the ‘behind closed doors’ moments of the film, but they’re certainly well done. I’m sure some characters do things that are historically inaccurate to further the story, but I appreciate that the truth suffers in the name of art.
Our main protagonists are Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a rough and tumble racer who can’t master the ‘making friends’ part of joining a top racing ream, and Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a former racing champion who can’t master life outside a car. They’re supported by Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), trying to worm his way to the top of Ford, Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas), trying to stay at the top of Ford, and Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts), trying to prove that he and his company are worthy of the Ford name.
Where the movie truly shines though, is with its racing scenes. Any time we’re in a car, we feel everything. The speed, acceleration, braking, high g force turns and the adrenaline all of that brings. We also feel the fear of a car that isn’t working well. We feel the terror of a car that has failed. Most magnificently, we feel the pure joy of a car that IS working perfectly. I don’t know that any movie (short of the Mario Andretti Imax movie) has come anywhere close to capturing driving/racing this well.
The movie fantastically captures the clash between Ford’s “corporate culture”, and the “rough and tumble” world of professional racing. The racers of the era, both in the cars, and putting the cars together, had a reputation of being straight forward, and resorting to physical means for resolving problems… either mechanical (hammering car parts) or personal (breaking noses). Ford executives can’t afford to be seen hammering or breaking anything, and aren’t keen on having their representatives doing that, but they learn there’s no other way to win.
Other aspects of the movie are well done, if formulaic. We get to know Ken Miles’ family. He’s the one putting his life at risk, so we have to understand the risk. He has a wife who he will do anything for, who also supports him. He has a son who sees him as an infallible hero. They’re played well enough by Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe respectively. We get to know Shelby’s crew enough to learn that he’s a ‘hard ass’, but also respects talent and loyalty. They’re doing their job, but they’re the parts of the movie that fill in the blanks between the races.
Over all, there’s plenty to enjoy in terms of action, in humour and human drama. We see several ways of life come together, sometimes in conflict, sometimes in cooperation. Just like real life it’s not always about right and wrong, but it’s about how well we can do what we do.
November 17, 2019, 07:46:47 PM by cosworth151
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It was proof once again that great tracks produce great races!
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (Interlagos) - One of the great circuits. It provided an outstanding race.
Albon, Gasley & Norris - All of them showed their talents today.
Haas - Both cars into Q3.
Mercedes Strategy Boffins - Who thought it was a good idea to pit Lewis from P2 during an S/C period with only a few laps to go?
Danny Ric - Torpedoed K-Mag out of points contention on the first lap.
Hulkenberg - Did the same to Grosjean on the S/C restart.
November 17, 2019, 07:14:33 PM by cosworth151
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I'm sorry for being a week late with this. I was off in Washington D.C.
I always put up a post for Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day. Please give a thought to those who put their lives on the line to give us the world that we have. As the song says, they all gave some, and some gave all.
Thank you, Wizzo, for posting the link to the Royal British Legion's Poppy appeal.
November 08, 2019, 04:03:40 PM by cosworth151
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I had my grand daughter's 3rd birthday party Sunday and just finally got to watch the COTA race.
Hamilton - Congrats on his 6th WDC
Albon - Deservedly won Driver of the Race. Good job!
Danny Ric - He also drove a great race.
COTA's trackside bumps - Did way too much damage to the cars.
November 06, 2019, 12:58:00 PM by monty
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Verstappen comes across as very abrasive and unpleasant. I do not know him but he continues to fuel this opinion. Perhaps he needs to change Manager because from what I hear his father is even more abrasive and unpleasant than he is!
November 05, 2019, 01:05:34 AM by John S
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Well that's if they have enough detail to make the system work, since Merc have taken to shrouding their rear wheels when presenting at scrutineering.
The boffins finding ingenuous solutions in F1 are still alive and well - hooray!