The rich history of Enzo Ferrari is the Key reason we are now blessed with beautiful and unique Super and HyperSuper cars from the iconic Italian maker.
Every car Ferrari has made and makes is worth taking a drive in, I have driven at least 200 of them since my 1st in 1966, the 275 GTS.
“My intent is that everyone dream of driving a Ferrari.” — Enzo Ferrari
Now for the success of Ferrari in the Commadetore’s own words, as follows:
- “The era of gentleman racing drivers is ended.”
- “The client is not always right.”
- “I have never gone on a real trip, never taken a holiday.”
- “The best holiday for me is spent in my workshops when nearly everybody else is on vacation.”
- “I build engines and attach wheels to them.”
And, of course these:
“IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.”
Enzo Ferrari watched his 1st race when he was 10 anni in Bologna (won by Felice Nazzaro) and immediately fell in love with racing. After serving in World War Ι and recovering from a serious illness, Ferrari started living his dream.
InY 1919 he was hired as a test driver for Costruzioni Mecanniche Nazionali. In the same year he debuted as a racing driver in a hill climb race, and by Y 1924 he earned his fame by winning the Coppa Acerbo driving an Alfa Romeo RL.
A child’s dream came true, and the Ferrari name was put on the map.
“RACE CARS ARE NEITHER BEAUTIFUL NOR UGLY. THEY BECOME BEAUTIFUL WHEN THEY WIN.”
Enzo Ferrari liked to play little mind games with his employees.
He believed in competition among the Ferrari racers; he believed that if his racers felt insecure about their future at Ferrari it would make them race better.
He respected his racers, but he did everything he could to keep Ferrari at the Top.
“AERODYNAMICS ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T BUILD ENGINES.”
In Y 1960 race car driver Paul Frère asked Ferrari at Le Mans why the Ferrari 250 TR had a limited speed since the car had quite an impressive windshield.
Enzo Ferrari responded that you do not need to worry about aerodynamics if you build a superb motor.
“RACING IS A GREAT MANIA TO WHICH ONE MUST SACRIFICE EVERYTHING, WITHOUT RETICENCE, WITHOUT HESITATION.”
Before building the great Ferrari enterprise, Enzo had a career as a racing driver, so he knew everything about “going all in”, without hesitation, sacrificing everything.
As did the World War I ace pilot Francesco Baracca from whom Ferrari got its logo.
After Enzo Ferrari won the 1st Circuito del Savio, Countess Baracca invited him to use “The Prancing Horse” emblem that was painted on the plane of her deceased son.
“ONE MUST KEEP WORKING CONTINUOUSLY; OTHERWISE, ONE THINKS OF DEATH.”
Enzo Ferrari dedicated his life to racing and building the Ferrari company, so working continuously was exactly what he did.
The last car he approved off before his death in Y 1988 was the Ferrari F40.
Enzo Ferrari outlived most of his family, losing his father and brother before even starting to race.
Ferrari dedicated their V6 mid-engine cars to Enzo’s son, Dino, who died at age 24.
The life and legacy of Enzo Ferrari in a few but very important words: “My intent is that everyone dream of driving a Ferrari.”
Have a Happy Christmas!