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This is a discussion on Great Night's Entertainment within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Mrs OldChap and I watched "Ford v Ferrari" last night. I highly recommend it. It may be the best movie we've seen in some time. ...

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    Mrs OldChap and I watched "Ford v Ferrari" last night. I highly recommend it. It may be the best movie we've seen in some time. If you like great stories told around great cars, this is it.


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    I wish i could afford a Ferrari. But my kids keep asking me about Bugatti's that are supposedly the fastest street car. I always get a kick out of some Colorado auto repair shops where they have a poster of a police lighted Ferrari and a Highway Patrol officer standing next to it with the caption "Welcome to Colorado". I suppose they have posters like that for every state. I would imagine that a lot of highway patrol officers would like to have a unit like that.
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    It was indeed a very well done movie. Christian Bale is by far one of my favorite actors.
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    I don't watch TV...Everything is trash...Sports are trash...Commercials are trash...Reality shows are trash....All trash!.

    ( Just Kiddin...I could not survive without my TV )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker95 View Post
    I don't watch TV...Everything is trash...Sports are trash...Commercials are trash...Reality shows are trash....All trash!.

    ( Just Kiddin...I could not survive without my TV )
    Can't go outdoors and get rid of cabin fever if.......
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    Apparently this isn't available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NECCdude View Post
    Can't go outdoors and get rid of cabin fever if.......
    You can if you have a TV in your pop up...Sometimes it rains...sometimes you watch a little TV and nap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker95 View Post
    I don't watch TV...Everything is trash...Sports are trash...Commercials are trash...Reality shows are trash....All trash!.

    ( Just Kiddin...I could not survive without my TV )
    We are in that camp! We started watching "Vikings" (made by The History Channel and 5 free seasons on Amazon). We kinda enjoyed it until we saw a Viking, circa 790 AD, wearing a pair of carefully camo-painted modern sneakers! I just couldn't believe it. You spend millions making a series, but can't afford to make period correct shoes?

    Then again...they probably hired The Three Stooges to do wardrobe.

    As far as car stories go, I wish someone would do a good movie about Jim Hall and the Chaparral series...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hall_(racing_driver)

    Just a few pix:

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    Believe it or not...this is an Indy car. It utilized ground effects with snowmobile engines to suck air from underneath the rubber skirts around the chassis.

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    In action...

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    And a more conventional "tunnel" design...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post

    Believe it or not...this is an Indy car. It utilized ground effects with snowmobile engines to suck air from underneath the rubber skirts around the chassis.
    I believe the Chapparal "sucker cars" were actually part of the "Can-Am" series back then (started in the mid-60s), which was a sort of "unlimited" series where technology could just go wherever it went. Quite a "wild west" period in motorsports development during the early life of that series. Lots of tech development that went on to make it into other series. It died later due to being weighed down by RULES. If you are a motorsports enthusiast, it's worth doing a deep dive into the early history of the Can-Am series.

    I also saw Ford vs. Ferrari and liked it as well. A good illustration of how innovation and experimentation in dangerous pastimes is connected with what would now be termed "toxic masculinity" by our current sick and depraved culture.
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    I don’t do theaters or “streaming” so I’m waiting for the DVD to come out, several years ago someone brought a GT-40 to the car show during the Mt Olive Pickle Festival. A very interesting car to see up close and yes he got the best Ford trophy.
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    @GraySkies You are right. I got the photos mixed up.

    @msgt/ret I think they are going to offer Ford v Ferrari on DVD and BluRay both. I don't see any date listed on the BluRay.
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    We enjoyed it immensely. Both Bale and Damon were solid.
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    The Chaparral was my favorite race car of that era, back when cheating was considered innovative. The other one I like, although not too successful, was the Cheetah.

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    Tricky to control and they never solved the cockpit overheating problem. The transmission connected directly to the rear end to keep the vehicle short, but that meant the driver basically sat on top of the engine, thus the heat issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    The Chaparral was my favorite race car of that era, back when cheating was considered innovative. The other one I like, although not too successful, was the Cheetah.

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    Tricky to control and they never solved the cockpit overheating problem. The transmission connected directly to the rear end to keep the vehicle short, but that meant the driver basically sat on top of the engine, thus the heat issue.
    Cockpit might have been too warm, but that Cheetah had the coolest looks.
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    I remembered a phone call I got one day when I was (IIRC) 17 years old. A friend of mine had a sponsorship for his drag race car and had been pretty successful. The local Plymouth dealer sponsored him, but the Ford dealer was always trying to get him to race one of their cars. Anyway, he thought I might be interested because the Ford dealer had one (count 'em...ONE) 1965 Shelby Cobra and they wanted to sell it to someone who might race it. This was a 289 version (blue with a white stripe) and the Ford dealer told me I could have it for right around $6000. That might as well have been $1 million for a kid still in high school.
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