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Old 07-27-2009, 08:21 PM
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AJ, this is amazing. On 212-213 you must describe what surely is one of the first computer simulations:

Using the measurements from the oscillograph mounted in Ken MIles's car at the Le Mans trials in April the team programmed into the computer the engine speeds and gearshift patters... The computer would then "drive" throuh a near-exact simulation. ...

The simulation even accounted for pit stops. "It shut the engdine down mementarily as a phantom pit crew jumped into action. And then it was back onto the track..."

This really is history very well recorded. Thanks!
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P.S. I'd started to make a list of "the great lines" but it would fill another book! Read it, you won't be disappointed.
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I am a second generation Shelby guy.
I have always been a huge Miles fan. It really breaks my heart the read the story so well told.
I felt like it was really the story of Ken Miles and what really happened to him at Le Mans and why.
Great book.

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P.S. I'd started to make a list of "the great lines" but it would fill another book! Read it, you won't be disappointed.
Here's one:

I'm nearing the end. Ken Miles just augered in. This was sad. But here are some words to live by:

... As one obit put it, "We don't have to feel sorry for people who choose to live dangerously, and lose. So the bull wins one. The matador must take the risk. The closer he plays to the horn, the better the show... Well, Miles, good show".

Everyone should live their lives, and especially, their careers, this way. I've taken chances. Lost some, won more.

So long Ken, it was a good show.
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AJ, if you aren't the luckiest bastard on the planet you certainly count among the top 10.

Thanks, this was a great piece of history. Can I come take pictures during the filming of the movie?

P.S.. Please make it soon so James Garner can be in it. Of the actor/racers, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are gone. He's the only one left.

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Getting back to Ken Miles, I heard some years ago the the cause of the wreck was the rear body of the 'J' car had a tendency to lift the rear wheels off the ground at high speed, which led to the redesigned rear as we now know it. I would not be surprised if Ford tried to cover up the cause of the crash. As the whole story unfolds, we see the ruthless behavior of Henry Ford II and his corporate bad boys. Carroll Shelby shines in this book.
On a lighter note, I think Tom Waites should play Shelby in the movie.
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I told my wife about the book when posted here in June 29th... Apparently she paid attention. She ordered it without telling me and brought it home yesterday afternoon. I finished it tonight and really enjoyed it.
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Finished mine about 2 weeks ago. Great read! It gave me a view of those times that I'd never gotten from any other media. Thanks AJ!

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Hello! I am a new member and author of the new book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. I want to know if any members have seen it and what they think?!
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Just finished reading your book and I want to tell you how much I enjoyed it! Very insightful and engaging - hope to see it as a movie soon!!

I got my copy from the library, but do you sell autographed copies?
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Hello! I am a new member and author of the new book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. I want to know if any members have seen it and what they think?!
Great read, I liked the way it linked it all together and crushed Ferrari at the end!!!!!!
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Thank you everyone for the good vibes re: Go Like Hell. I worked so hard on that book, it's amazing to see people enjoying it. Regarding twobjshelbys comment above about computer simulation, there's a great collection of Society of Automotive Engineers papers that has all the original published engineering papers for the GT40. It's called The Ford GT: New Vehicle and Technical History of the GT40. That's where I got all the detail that I used re: computer simulation and how the Mk II was built. The car that crushed Ferrari in the end!!!
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Check out A.J. "deer in the headlights" Baime with the one and only Jay Leno talking about Go Like Hell. As you'll see, I have the proverbial face for radio.

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/...ml?vid=1147424
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Good book, good interview. Congrats.
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Check out A.J. "deer in the headlights" Baime with the one and only Jay Leno talking about Go Like Hell. As you'll see, I have the proverbial face for radio.

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/...ml?vid=1147424

Awesome!

When you mentioned looking at the old videos, Jim McKay was one of the very best.
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Producer Lucas Foster was on Adam Carolla's podcast today to talk about his new movie "Law Abiding Citizen."

http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2...-michael-irby/

About 15 minutes into the the interview, Lucas Foster mentions that Fox has optioned "Go Like Hell" and that they are working on a feature film. Foster said it would probably take at least five years to put it together and that they're getting a lot of interest from actors like Josh Brolin, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Daniel Day Lewis.

Hopefully they'll make it...can you imagine the budget that they'll need to do it right?

I'm sure A.J. can provide us with more details.
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