Enzo Ferrari, the Man, His Inspirations

Enzo Ferrari, the Man, His Inspirations

Enzo Ferrari, the Man, His Inspirations


Tuesday, 14 August 1988 marked the 30th anniversary of  il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari passed at 90 anni.

Enzo Ferrari’s life touched thousands of people even after his death.

When a biopic was announced, several high-profile actors began to lobby producers to play il Commendatore, including Hugh Jackman and Robert De Niro.

Below is a list of 5 men that played Key parts in making Enzo Ferrari who he was, they were:

Felice Nazzaro

Felice Nazzaro

Mr. Nazzaro was a race car driver in the early 20th Century. He won the French Grand Prix and Targa Florio, among other big races, but his most important win came at Circuito di Bologna in 1908. Enzo Ferrari at 10 anni saw Nazzaro win the race, which inspired him to become a racing driver.

Antonio Ascari

Antonio Ascari

In the early 1920’s, Ferrari was a race car driver for Alfa Romeo, winning a few small races like the Coppa Acerbo. That helped convince Alfa to let him race in some more prestigious events.

As Enzo’s career progressed, teammate Ascari was leading the 1925 French Grand Prix when he crashed and later died. Mr. Ferrari admitted later that he continued to race, but halfheartedly.

Alfredo (Dino) Ferrari
Alfredo Ferrari aka Dino, no photo available

Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino was born in Y 1932 and that’s when Ferrari senior decided to officially retire from racing and focus on management and developing Alfa Romeo’s race cars.

At Alfa he built a team with a long-lasting name: Scuderia Ferrari.

Dino Frrari died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in Y 1956 at 24 anni, the Dino line of cars are named after him.

Ugo Gobbato

Ugo Gobbato

Ugo Gobbato was Alfa Romeo’s managing director when the company took back control of its racing team. It put Ferrari back into the sporting director position.

There was a disagreement, and Enzo Ferrari left and founded Auto Avio Costruzioni, a race parts company.

Enzo Ferrari’s contract stated that he could not race or design cars for 4 years, but he managed to place 2 racers into the 1940 Mille Miglia anyway.

That same year, Ferrari’s company was forced into war production for Italy. The factory in Modena, Italy bombed out of existence during WWII. After the war, he moved the business to Maranello and founded Ferrari S.p.A. in Y 1947.

Luigi Chinetti

Luigi Chinetti

Mr. Chinetti started as a mechanic with Alfa Romeo in Y 1917. And later became a race car driver, winning his 1st 24 Hours of Le Mans in Y 1932. He won the 24 Hours of Spa the next year and Le Mans again in 1934.

Mr. Chinetti went to the United States after World War II started, working for Italian dealer, importer and mechanic Alfred Momo. He went back to Europe after the war and won another Le Mans, before traveling to Mexico in Y 1951 and winning the Carrera Panamericana.

Mr. Chinetti was made a Ferrari factory agent later in the 1950’s and became the 1st Ferrari dealer in the US with a territory of everything East of the Mississippi River. The Greenwich, Connecticut business is still open, under the Miller Motorcars banner.

There are more people for sure including Ferrari’s Key financial backers including MG Crepaldi, but the above are a the early associations il Commendatore made that turned him into the iconic automotive leader he was until Y 1988.

Unfortunately, in all of my 50 yrs associated with Ferrari, I never met him, he was a very reclusive man.

My favorite il Commendatore quoteil cliente non ha sempre ragione (the client is not always right).

Stay tuned…

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