Enzo Ferrari

Class of 1994

Biography

Born in Modena, Italy in 189S, Enzo was a sportswriter, race car driver, designer and producer of racing and high performance road cars. After serving in the Italian Army, Ferrari became a test and race car driver for Vespa, and then with Alfa Romeo, winning ten races. The father of Francesco Baracca, one of Italy's aces shot down in World War I, was so affected by Ferrari's performance in the 1923 Savio race that he offered his son's prancing horse emblem to Ferrari as a tribute. Ferrari was overwhelmed and it has been used ever since.

By 1929, the prancing horse had become the insignia of a new organization, Scuderia Ferrari. Beginning with Formula 2 cars, Ferrari charged into design and production of racing and high performance road cars.

In 1950 he focused on Formula 1 cars, and in 1953 and 1954 Ferrari's cars won the World Drivers Championship. Between 1960 and 1965, Ferraris won every Le Mans, and between 1958 and 1964 they won six of the seven Sebring races. His cars are still leaders in the performance world today.

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