The Jalopnik vs. GM showdown is going to be awesome and it carries on a great tradition of racers, automakers, and journalists squaring-off. Looking back, what's the greatest automotive duel of all time?

The Fords, of course, have a history of battling. Henry Ford bested Alexander Winston in 1901 and used that success to start an empire. But not all great automotive duels start with a race. Later, Henry Ford II took up the mantle when Enzo Ferrari walked away from talks with FoMoCo. It was a slap in Ford's face and HF2 took it upon himself to hit Ferrari right where it hurt by enlisting Carroll Shelby to lead a racing program to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was quite the battle, but Ford proved the strength of his will and in 1966 the checkered flag waved for Ford. To read the full story check out the wonderful Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime.

What do you consider to be the greatest automotive duel of all time? Two automakers? Two cars? Two drivers?


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