90 years of a legendary team
16th November 2019 marks Scuderia Ferrari, one of the most famous names in motorsport, celebrating its 90th anniversary. The company was officially founded on 16 November 1929 when papers were signed in the offices of the lawyer Alberto Della Fontana, in Modena, Italy. Scuderia Ferrari came into being with the intention of “buying Alfa Romeo racing cars and using them to take part in races, including those on the national calendar and on the calendar of the National Association of Automobile Clubs.”
Shareholders. The company president was Mario Tadini and, apart from Enzo Ferrari, other shareholders were Alfredo and Augusto Caniato and Ferruccio Testi, Alfa Romeo and Pirelli. Enzo Ferrari’s idea began to form in his mind in 1929 and the spark came from a meeting with Caniato and Tadini a few weeks before the papers were signed, when the three men met in Cremona, at a celebration for Baconin Borzacchini setting a new world land speed record.
Debut. The team first raced in the 1930 Mille Miglia with its first win coming in the Trieste-Opicina on 15th June that year, courtesy of the great Tazio Nuvolari. The Scuderia also tried its hand at motorcycle racing from 1932 to ’34 and in fact it was in 1932 that the Prancing Horse first appeared on an Alfa Romeo entered by Ferrari. The design was inherited from war hero Francesco Baracca and placed on a yellow background, the colour of the city of Modena. It won first time out in the Spa 24 Hours with Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena driving.
Winning around the world. Starting with Alfa Romeo cars and, as from 1947 with cars it built itself, Scuderia Ferrari gradually became the most successful racing team of all time, with hundreds of wins to its name in the most famous races in the world. In Formula 1, it has taken 16 Constructors’ and 15 Drivers’ titles, while in Endurance racing, it has won the Le Mans 24 Hours nine times, twice at Daytona as well as taking five FIA WEC titles and even several hillclimb wins.
Events. To celebrate this anniversary in appropriate fashion on this special day with its fans, the Maranello team has posted a video on its social channels entitled “90 years in 90 seconds.” For hardcore fans there’s even a game called Memorabilia where one can learn even more about the Scuderia’s incredible history. There are also great celebrations taking place at the Maranello Museum, where visitors to the “90 Years” exhibition, will receive a special commemorative card.