LANSING, Mich. — You’ve experienced the new blockbuster film FORD v FERRARI starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Now you’re hungry to learn more. Make sure you head to the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo for a look at the what late radio commentator Paul Harvey would have referred to as the “Rest of the story.”
The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday November 15th, covers the true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and British-born race driver Ken Miles (Bale). Together they built a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and took on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
The Gilmore has a new exhibit featuring a 2005 FORD GT, inspired by the original FORD GT40 of race fame and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, which was an increased horsepower, out-growth from those that raced at Le Mans.
The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was marketed to consumers who wanted full race speeds right off the showroom floor. This particular example also has a Hollywood connection—it was formerly owned by actor Nicolas Cage (GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, NATIONAL TREASURE).
If the film FORD v FERRARI has left you thirsting to learn more about this pivotal time in automotive history, make sure to visit the Gilmore Car Museum—North America’s Largest Auto Museum, located just 20 minutes north of Kalamazoo or 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids.
The new FORD v FERRARI exhibit runs through March of 2020. Learn more at GilmoreCarMuseum.org.
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