The image you see above is the cover artwork for AJ Baime's 2010 book, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari And Their Battle For Speed And Glory At Le Mans. This is how publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt summarizes the book:
By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather's company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed, not safety...style, not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.
The book tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II--with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby--concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.
Now, why are we telling you about this book? Apparently, this written work will be made into a movie, with no less than Tom Cruise being whispered as the actor likely to play Shelby, and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski likely to helm the camera. You will note that it hasn't been long ago when Hollywood retold another legendary racing story, via Ron Howard's Rush, a movie about the 1976 Formula 1 season. A critically acclaimed film, Rush now gives us hope that a popular star breathing life into an iconic motorsports character may not be such a bad thing after all.
If this pushes through, do you think the Mission: Impossible superstar can do the Carroll Shelby role justice?