Edelbrock Attends the Ford vs. Ferrari Movie Premiere and Gives a No-Spoiler Review

Matt Damon as the legend Carroll Shelby in Ford vs. Ferrari
Matt Damon as the legend Carroll Shelby in front of one of the tool boxes displaying Edelbrock signage in Ford vs. Ferrari.

Early in the production of the Ford vs. Ferrari movie starring Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, the filmmakers at 20th Century Fox came to Edelbrock to provide some period-correct performance parts, signage and logos that you’ll see throughout the film. One of the perks of our involvement was an invitation to attend the movie’s premiere. Our VP of Marketing, Marissa Colwell, drew this assignment along with a small group of Edelbrock employees. Without revealing the storyline or any of the highlights of Ford vs. Ferrari, she came back with this review:

The two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the Ford vs. Ferrari movie

One of my first thoughts as I was walking out of the Ford vs. Ferrari screening was that Steve McQueen must be smiling somewhere as it was reminiscent, of the great classic car movies that really don’t get made anymore. It felt real, gritty and raw and provided a glimpse into a chapter of automotive history that many people just don’t know about. That Edelbrock itself as a company played a small role in this story is a huge honor.

Garage scene in Ford vs. Ferrari movie
An Edelbrock banner hangs high in the rafters in this garage scene of Ford vs. Ferrari.

The cars and locations were beautiful, the technical and historical accuracy was spot on, the driving sequences were some of the best I have seen but what really resonated with me was the friendship which is truly the heart of this story. Matt Damon as an uncompromisingly determined Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as the passionately authentic Ken Miles were phenomenal. It didn’t feel like A list actors performing a role, they were truly channeling the spirit of these race legends.

Trackside altercation between Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, and Ken Miles played by Christian Bale
Trackside altercation between Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, and Ken Miles played by Christian Bale.

“That Edelbrock itself as a company played a small role in this story is a huge honor.”

In real life and in the film these men set a goal and chased it with every bone in their body. Building a car that could out perform a Ferrari at Le Mans was only the beginning of their challenges but no matter the obstacle, they worked through it together with a sense of dignity, humor and a well- aimed wrench.

Edfelbrock decal in the Carroll Shelby garage in Ford vs. Ferrari movie
The Edelbrock decal on these locker doors are some of the many period-correct items provided for the Ford vs. Ferrari movie about the legendary Carroll Shelby.

Ford vs. Ferrari is my favorite film of the year and I would highly recommend to all but especially to auto-enthusiasts. I believe it has something that would appeal to all ages and most importantly has no shortage of speed or heart. Special Thanks to 20th Century Fox for bringing this story to life and to Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby for living life in a way that is greater than any fiction. – Marissa Colwell

Ford vs. Ferrari will be in theaters starting November 15.