FERRARI THE MAN

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FERRARI THE MAN

FERRARI THE MAN

Enzo Ferrari- Italian legend

There was a self made automotive mogul who created exotic sports car for sale to the public. He is FERRARI THE MAN.

Enzo Ferrari was driven to absurd detail, expectations and levels of winning that was second to none.

Ferrari was highly driven. Enzo Ferrari expected everyone around him to get more from themselves than they thought possible.

FERRARI - THE MAN

Enzo as a driver for the powerful Alfa team

Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena Italy. By age 10 he decided to become a race car driver. In 1924 as a driver Ferrari had many wins and was offered a drive in the Alfa. Ferrari Knew he was best at designing winning race cars. Enzo would set out in his career to be the best race car builder in the world.

FERRARI THE MAN

Enzo Ferrari

In 1951 Ferrari’s cars won some of the races in the new Formula 1 racing series.

Many of the firm’s greatest victories came at Le Mans. (14 victories, including six in a row 1960–65). Ferrari also won in Formula One during the 1950s and 1960s, with the successes of Juan Manuel Fangio (1956), Mike Hawthorn (1958), Phil Hill (1961) and John Surtees (1964).

Some have criticized Ferrari for his psychological pressure he put on drivers. During the late 1950s and 1960s seven Ferrari drivers were killed. They were Alberto Ascari, Eugenio Castellotti, Alfonso de Portago, Luigi Musso, Peter Collins, Wolfgang Von Trips and Lorenzo Bandini. All killed driving Ferrari race cars. Such high death toll was not at all unusual in motor racing in those days. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano described Ferrari as being like the god Saturn, who consumed his own sons. In Ferrari’s defense, contemporary F1 race car driver Stirling Moss commented: “I can’t think of a single occasion where a Ferrari driver’s life was taken because of mechanical failure.”

Personal life

FERRARI THE MAN

Enzo Ferrari- Italian legend

Enzo Ferrari spent a reserved life, and rarely granted interviews. He was married to Laura Dominica Garello Ferrari (c. 1900–1978) from 1932 until her death They had one son, Alfredo “Dino”, who was born in 1932 and groomed as Enzo’s successor, but he suffered from ill-health and died from muscular dystrophy in 1956. Enzo had a second son, Piero, with his mistress Lina Lardi in 1945. As divorce was illegal in Italy until 1975, Piero could only be recognized as Enzo’s son after Laura’s death in 1978. He is currently a vice-president of the Ferrari company with a 10% share ownership.

Made a Cavaliere del Lavoro in 1952, to add to his honours of Cavaliere and Commendatore in the 1920s, Ferrari also received a number of honorary degrees, the Hammarskjöld Prize in 1962, the Columbus Prize in 1965, and the De Gasperi Award in 1987. In 1994, he was posthumously inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Just before his death Ferrai Car Company built the fastest Ferrari to date. Enzo saw the F40 before his death. ‘Il Commendatore’ was sated one more time.

FERRARI THE MAN

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John Speed, SR Motorsports Writer- MAXRUSHTV.INFO

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