Ford v Ferrari – separating fact from movie fiction

Charles Bradley

As you’d expect from a Hollywood blockbuster, the plotline played a little fast and loose with reality. So which parts of the film are true and which are false?

Did Ken Miles really throw a wrench at Shelby at a race in California? Did he ever punch him in the face? How did Miles lose a multiple-lap lead at Le Mans – was it sabotage from Ford management, who wanted its other drivers to win? What really happened at the finish line? And what did the podium scene actually look like?

Narrated by nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, using exclusive footage from’s Le Mans archive and photographs from Motorsport Images, we tell the story of what really happened featuring interviews with a host of motorsport experts – and Miles’s son Peter, who was a young boy when all the real-life drama unfolded.

Check out for 70 episodes of archive footage from the world’s most famous sportscar event, the Le Mans 24 Hours