Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988)
The founder of the world's most prestigious car factory was always very attached to his city, where he lived right up until his death in 1988.
Ferrari was born in 1898; in 1919 his childhood dream came true and he became a racing driver, first privately and then as a member of the Alfa Romeo team. He was interested in everything: racing, organisation, relationships with the suppliers. His destiny of car maker was already clear.
Ferrari decided to retire from competition after the birth of his first child: running the racing section of Alfa Romeo, he set up the Scuderia Ferrari in Modena. In 1939 Ferrari started up his own car building business with the company Auto Avio Costruzioni, which took on the name Ferrari after the Second World War. The factory was built in Maranello, 15 Km from Modena.
It was in 1947 that a Ferrari (Model 125) made its first appearance on a racing track. At its second, in Rome, the driver Franco Cortese drove his Ferrari to its first victory.
The rest belongs to history: nine world titles in the Formula 1 Championship, fourteen in the Prototype Sport World Championship and more than five thousand victories in top-class racing competitions.
These victories, the splendid car models and the figure of Enzo Ferrari himself have become a legend which has conquered the world.