Looking for that perfect car film to get your distinctly non-petrolhead friend or significant other to watch with you without having to hear them complain the entire time, and you just can’t make it through another Fast and Furious movie? If you haven’t heard of the newest documentary to cover the extremely interesting story about the feud between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari in the 1960’s, then you are in luck. Created by die-hard petrol head Adam Carolla, ‘The 24 Hour War” is a 100-minute documentary documenting the intense rivalry that took place between the two heads of their respective companies and their drive to destroy one another at the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, and best of all, even non-car people will be completely enthralled by it.
For those unfamiliar with the subject of the film, in the 1960’s, Ford, riding a train of success and financial profit, attempted to purchase Ferrari. The negotiations went very well, prices were agreed to, contracts were written, but it was all for naught as Enzo Ferrari pulled the rug out from under the negotiation at the last possible moment due to an unwelcome addition to the final contract. The result was a vengeful fire being set inside of Henry Ford II pushing him to destroy Ferrari on the world stage, specifically the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which Ferrari had won with multiple podium victories for five years straight.
Not only did the failed buyout push Ford, but years of embarrassment, loss of vehicles, enormously and largely wasted amounts of money, and constant losses to Ferrari, drove Henry to near insanity as he pursued victory against the Italians.
Then it all changed. In 1966 Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time, defeating Ferrari at last. Not only that, but the team went on to win 3 more times over the next 3 years. These victories would cement Ford as a serious racing company, and the cars they built as legitimate racing machines, from that time on.
The film covers all of this, and of course more, in beautiful detail and excellent story telling. It contains fantastic interviews with a laundry list of delightful storytellers and truly draws in the audience to the point where you’ll be completely immersed in the film from start to finish.
The list of appearances and interviewees includes Mario Andretti, Dan Gurnsey, Edsel Ford II, Peter Brock, Piero Ferrari, Ralph Nader, and other great drivers and industry legends. These people do such a good job lending true emotion and passion to the film in ways that other films about the same subject have failed to do.
The ability to watch the film and actually hear these legends speak about a part of automotive history that we’ve only seen in books or on YouTube clips really does justice to one of the most significant automotive rivalries of all time. ‘ The 24 Hour War’ is a film that’s about more than cars. It’s about people, passion, love, hate, and competition, and that is something just about everyone can enjoy watching.
Source: Road and Track