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Ford vs. Ferrari
The rollicking tale of Ford’s corporate battle to unseat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966 – and the intensely personal battle between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari as well. To win the battle, Ford has to turn to intensely un-corporate (and now legendary) race car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and English driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale). A worthy Academy Award Best Picture nominee. As usual, Christian Bale completely morphs into Ken Miles and helps us understand the competitive fire that drives the best racers.

Rush
Great, underappreciated Ron Howard gem about the mid 1970s relationship between two Formula One drivers battling for the world championship: laid back English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Great performances and a reminder of how far we’ve come with safety in racing.

Qualified
A terrific ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Janet Guthrie’s successful battle to be the first female to drive in the Indy 500 in 1977. Lots of great participation from Guthrie herself, as well as Indy car veterans Johnny Rutherford, Tom Bigelow, and AJ Foyt. Even as people that lived through this colorful story, there were plenty of surprises for us –  including Guthrie’s highest finish in 1978, finishing ninth (only two spots behind AJ Foyt, and ahead of  Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, and Rick Mears) all while driving with a fractured wrist. A reminder of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.