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Classic Carroll Shelby race cars reign supreme at ‘Ford V Ferrari’ junket

Ahead of the cinematic release of 'Ford V Ferrari' in South Africa later this month, Shelby South Africa treated a variety of media and racing experts to an unforgettable adrenaline-filled action at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on Wednesday. 

GUESTS were treated to an adrenalin-packed morning of passenger rides in one of the four Shelby cars – the Cobra, Daytona, GT40 or Supersnake – as well as outdoor gokart racing for hardcore racing fans and a full motion simulator competition, a Le Mans replica Scalectrix track with cars from the Ford V Ferrari film.

“A film this big and emotional along with heart-stopping car racing just lent itself to partnering with a brand like Shelby South Africa – a partner with a heritage and passion for innovation,” said Cameron Hogg, content executive for Empire Entertainment who is distributing the film in South Africa.  

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“As with all great films, we want to be moved, to cry, to laugh, to be inspired. This movie is all of that and more and gave us the opportunity to give local media a small taste of the world in which the film takes place.”

Next, Shelby South Africa will host the Ford V Ferrari premiere events in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town launching the Shelby Legendary cars brand in South Africa.

Ford V Ferrari‘ release details

A 20th Century Fox, ‘Ford v Ferrari ‘ tells the dramatic real-life story of the American car company’s insane quest to challenge reigning champion Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.

Led by Matt Damon as the film’s main protagonist, Carroll Shelby, and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, the driver of the GT40 that beat the Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans, the film examines what prompted the American automaker to take a stand and develop a car, with the help of Shelby, that will ultimately beat the Italian in the world’s oldest endurance race.

Titled ‘Le Mans ’66’ in the UK and other European territories, the film stars Led by Matt Damon as American racecar driver and builder Carroll Shelby, and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, the driver of the GT40 that beat the Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans.

It officially hits local cinemas on Friday, November 22.

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Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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