Perhaps the biggest showdown in sports car racing history was the battle between Ford and Ferrari in the 1960s. In '64, when the GT40 first went to Europe, hundreds of thousands of spectators turned up to the races. Why?
It was seen as a fight between the Old World and the New; between the computer-designed Ford and the handmade Ferrari; between the industrial giant from Dearborn and the small factory in Modena. In reality, Ferrari had the might of Fiat behind it, Ford was relying a great deal on small workshops in England, and the conflict wasn't quite what it was advertised. Who cares? It was a spectacle like nothing else, and really, everybody won.
Today, everyone was pretty much a winner, so we're going to highlight a couple of threads. There's a lot to read, and a lot to enjoy.
First, we have a serious discussion between representatives both in the fair US of A and in the Vaterland starting with this from Parti-vi.
"Hello is this Travis Okulski with Jalopnik I wuz callin' to say that we are 'Mericans and in 'Murica we speak American - what's all this fancy number signs €34,000 what the hell does that mean? Give me mah' money signs in USA Dollors!
Also post more Camero articles there the best!"
Second we have an earnest, reasoned debate over using tablets in cars between pauljones and Ash78.
I'm not an economist, so I'm not going touch the topic of Neutral. However, as an automotive enthusiast, I am decidedly captivated by the concept of replacing the dash in a car with a tablet. And when I say "captivated", I don't mean it as in "seeing a beautiful supermodel" captivated. I mean "captivated" as in "seeing Roseanne Barr trying to use a stripper pole mounted to the tow hook of a Cadillac Escalade" captivated.
Clearly, that's not a good kind of captivated…
Finally, things got out of hand in the Audi SQ5 article. This was a long thread. Read it.
Nigel Tufnel: It's like, how much more blue could this be? and the answer is, none. None more blue.
Photo Credit: the Dave Friedman collection/Benson Ford Research Center/Ford (1965 Daytona Continental race pictured)