Ford. Ferrari. And their battle for speed at Le Mans.
Enzo Ferrari had emerged as the dominant force in sports cars in the world, creating speed machines that were unbeatable on the race track. In America, the Ford Motor Company was quickly losing ground as the pre-eminent brand. Henry Ford II saw a solution. He decided to declare war on Ferrari, to build a faster car than anything Ferrari had brought to the track, and to beat him at the world's biggest race, Le Mans. Ferrari was just as determined to see off this challenge from across the Atlantic.
With practically no safety regulations in place in the European Grand Prix races, horrific accidents were routine, with both drivers and spectators killed in many races. The stakes were incredibly high, money and men were thrown at the competition, and neither Ford or Ferrari would accept anything but victory. The battle to become the fastest in the world truly became a race to the death.
This thrilling story is told in the documentary film, The 24 Hour War, based on A.J. Baime’s bestselling book, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans — and you’re invited to join us for a private screening.
Enjoy a special evening featuring classic cars, enticing cocktails, delicious 1960s fare, a screening of The 24 Hour War, and a talkback with author A.J. Baime — all in support of veterans programming at The War Memorial. You’ll also receive a voucher to see Ford V. Ferrari at The Patriot Theater, coming in November!
Your $125 ticket includes:
An exclusive private reception featuring mouthwatering 1960s fare
Your own copy of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, autographed by author A.J. Baime
A private screening of the documentary film The 24 Hour War, featuring actual footage from the 1966 Le Mans
A conversation with A.J. Baime following the film
A free voucher to see Ford Vs. Ferrari at The Patriot Theater, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, coming in November. (Exact dates and showtimes will be announced once available from the film studio.)
The fair market value of your ticket is $70
The proceeds from this event benefit veterans, military members, and first responders
6pm: Strolling supper in The War Memorial ballroom
7:15pm: Private screening of The 24 Hour War documentary film in The Patriot Theater
8:45pm: Conversation with author A.J. Baime in The Patriot Theater
About A.J. Baime
A.J. Baime is a New York Times Bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, a public speaker, and occasional on-screen personality. In addition to Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, his books include The Accidental President, The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War. A.J. is also a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He writes the “My Ride” stories that appear in the Life & Arts section, about the love affair between people and their vehicles.
After earning a B.A. at UNH and M.A. in literature from NYU, A.J. moved into journalism by writing stories for the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and other publications. He is a former executive editor at Boston, Maxim, and Playboy magazines, respectively, and a former contributing editor to Road & Track. He became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal in 2010, penning news, business, travel, and feature stories. A.J. has been a featured speaker at the National Writers Series in Traverse City, Michigan; the World War II Museum in New Orleans; the 92nd Street Y in New York; the FDR Literary Festival at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York; the Chicago Printers Row Literary Festival; and at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. He has appeared on numerous national TV stations including CNBC and MSNBC; in various documentary films and TV shows such as The 24 Hour War and Jay Leno’s Garage; and as a host and racecar driver in online documentary pieces for Time Inc’s TheDrive.com and Playboy.com.
A.J. lives in northern California with his family. He is an avid fan of skiing, biking, running, music, cars, tech, wine, beer, and travel.
Your ticket includes a free voucher to see “Ford Vs. Ferrari” at The Patriot Theater this November!
Exact dates and showtimes will be announced once available from the film studio.
Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in Ford Vs. Ferrari, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
PG-13 | 2019 | 2h 32m