For Enzo Ferrari, the internal-combustion engine was a symbol of life. It had revolutionized society. He had watched it all happen during his lifetime. He spoke of automobiles as if they were animate. Cars possessed unique behaviors. They breathed through carburetors. They were skinned with metal. “Ferrari’s aim,” he once told a reporter, addressing himself in the third person, “is to perfect an ideal, to transform inert raw material into a living machine.” (Excerpt from Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime)
Go Like Hell is the untold insider’s account of an epic struggle for victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A.J. Baime’s gripping story focuses on the key personalities in the automotive world during the zenith of auto racing in the mid 1960’s. It’s the tale of the drivers, engineers, executives, families, and sponsors of racing’s most famous era. It’s a history of the people and companies that brought to life the legendary Ferrari 330 and Ford GT 40. It’s a story of life, death, winning and losing.
The main storyline of Go Like Hell is the fierce duel between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II for victory at LeMans in 1965 and 1966. However, this battle between Enzo Ferrari “The Magician of Maranello” and Henry Ford “The Deuce of Detroit” is but one of the many complex and gripping sub stories woven into the pages of Go Like Hell.
Through deep research and brilliant writing, Baime peers into the mind and soul of racing legends Carrol Shelby, John Surtees, Luigi Chinetti, Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren, Phil Hill, John Wyer and Mario Andretti. Baime takes you from Dearborn to Maranello and from Daytona to Monza. Ultimately the reader arrives at the hallowed straights and curves of LeMans in 1966. Through Baime’s writing, the halcyon days of 1960’s auto racing come vividly back to life. Masterfully written, Go Like Hell is a page turner to the very end.
Move Go Like Hell to the top of your reading list.