Enzo Anselmo Ferrari – racing driver, and founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix racing team and Ferrari sportscar marque – would be 120 years old, were he alive today. The visionary motorist and entrepreneur, who left an indelible mark on the performance automobile world, was born on the 18th of February, 1898.
The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy – near Enzo’s birthplace in Maranello – is marking the occasion with a special photographic exhibit meant to pay homage to the man that started it all. The exhibit includes photographs from various stages of Il Commendatore’s life, from childhood to adulthood, to his racing career, to his tenure as the head of the most successful Grand Prix motor racing team the world has ever seen, and subsequently, the world’s most renowned manufacturer of sportscars.
“It seems incredible to think that Enzo Ferrari was born in the 19th century,” says Ferrari Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne – a man who’s little more than half Enzo’s 120-year age. “His lesson is more relevant than ever and his modernity unquestionable. He was a man with extraordinary vision and ability to manage people and resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional courage. One wonders what he could have achieved if he had had access to today’s technical resources and knowledge.
“The mark that he left on the world remains a source of pride for all of us at Ferrari and for the whole of Italy.”
Two additional important Ferrari milestones – the 80th anniversary of the Ferrari sportscar marque, and the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix team – will arrive next year, in 2019. Both enterprises, which were formerly part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, were spun off into a separate company between 2015 and 2016; since Ferrari’s IPO in October, 2015, shares have climbed from just over $56 to more than $140.