The following article, written by Céline Cornu, appears on The Local.
It’s the black prancing horse’s 70th birthday and gleaming Ferraris are out in force in Italy this weekend to celebrate.
Some 500 sleek, purring sports cars gathered in Milan on Friday before the festivities moved to Modena, where founder Enzo Ferrari was born, and they end with an exclusive party in Maranello, where Ferraris have been made since World War II.
“Ferrari is a mythical brand: it has had a fabulous track record in speed and represents the pinnacle of the sports car,” automotive historian and enthusiast Patrice Verges told AFP.
For luxury motor fanatics and punters alike, there is something “magic” about Ferraris and their distinctive sound.
“Having a Ferrari and being watched is part of the game,” Verges says.
It all started when Enzo Ferrari, a racing driver, formed the “Scuderia Ferrari” (“Ferrari Stable”) in 1929 and prepared and fielded Alfa Romeo racing cars.
It was not until 1947 that the first Ferrari (125 S) was born — designed by Ferrari, produced at the Maranello factory and bearing the brand’s symbol, a black horse on a yellow background, bordered by the colours of the Italian flag.
The stallion, rearing up on its back legs, its tail swept upwards, was chosen as a tribute to Francesco Baracca, a World War I Italian air force ace who used to paint a prancing horse on the side of his planes.
The pilot’s mother suggested Ferrari use it as a good luck symbol, and he added the canary yellow background as it was the colour of his hometown of Modena. Continue reading at The Local.