Veneziano & Romano on the Ferrari 125 S
For who's interested to know...
So, you might wonder, why the birth of the Ferrari 125 S (or Ferrari 125 Sport) would be important? Because the Ferrari 125 S is the FIRST Ferrari ever produced, of course. Only 2 of it were made and her debut was the 11th of May at the Piacenza circuit. Enzo Ferrari's team had already produced other cars but this will be the first named 'Ferrari' and the last to be painted in 'rosso corsa Alfa Romeo' (race red Alfa Romeo) as the following will be in 'rosso corsa FIAT' (race red FIAT). Note that 'Rosso corsa' (race red) back then was supposed to be the colour that identifies Italian racing car teams. As of now teams aren't that tied to a colour but Ferrari still keeps the colour red as its own, though it uses a slightly different shade than before as this shade looks better on television screens (the previous would look brownish).
Those two Ferrari will race on the Parma circuit, on 13th July 1947 and the pilots will be Franco Cortese who was also its test pilot and the first Ferrari pilot and Tazio Nuvolari, who won the race while Cortese was second.
This Ferrari will inspire the Ferrari 125 F1, the first Formula 1 car from Ferrari that will be made in 1948.
As for Ferrari...
As you all probably know Ferrari S.p.A. is a multinational sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy and founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. The Ferrari Team in Italian is called Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari Stable), a reference to the cars being the equivalent of racing horses. By the way Ferrari is the oldest Formula One team, the only still-active team which competed in 1950 in its first Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Ferrari cars are usually painted in red. It seems that if you want a Ferrari that's not red you must already own a red Ferrari.
Ferrari holds the record for having won the most Constructors' Championships (sixteen).
The symbol of the Ferrari race team is the Cavallino Rampante (prancing horse) black prancing stallion on a yellow shield, usually with the letters S F (for Scuderia Ferrari), with three stripes of green, white and red (the Italian national colors) at the top. The symbol is based on the personal emblem of Francesco Baracca, the best Italian ace pilot during WW1 and used with his mother's permission.
It seems USA is a huge Ferrari lover as he's the one who buy the highest number of Ferrari while China is the first to have a Ferrari museum out of Italy (2012).
According to some the birth of the Ferrari should be dated to 1929 in Modena, with the birth of the S.A. Scuderia Ferrari however back then Ferrari did not produce cars, was only responsible for the development of the Alfa Romeo cars.
The manufacturer was officially born September 13, 1939 in Modena, with the foundation by Enzo Ferrari of the Auto Avio Costruzioni. His first commissions were the construction of components for aircraft and only in 1947 the construction of automobiles became the main activity.
The first car built in only two copies, was the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 dated 1940. Due to WW2 he had to wait till 1947 to build the second, again in only two copies, the Ferrari 125 S. If you're wondering why the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 didn't bear the name Ferrari that was due to a contract with Alfa Romeo that prevented Enzo Ferrari to use his name on cars until 1942.
In 1957 Auto Avio Costruzioni became Auto Costruzioni Ferrari to turn into SEFAC (SocietÓ Esercizio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse 'Company Cars and Racing Exercise Factories') Ltd. on the 26th of May 1960. In 1965 it turned into Ferrari SpA which became part of the FIAT group in 1969. With Enzo Ferrari's death in 1988, FIAT became the owner of the 90% of the shares while the rest remained to Ferrari's son Piero Lardi, who also remained within the corporate team as vice president.
In 1986, Enzo Ferrari ordered the construction of a vehicle for participation at the Formula Indy and the Indianapolis 500, in response to FOM, who did not accept requests for Ferrari for the new Concorde Agreement. Faced with the threat of seeing the team leave the Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone accepted the requests for Ferrari, so the car was never used in the race.
Ferrari is, to date, the only team to have participated in every edition of the World Championship Formula 1 and, especially, the one with the highest number of successes has the record of 15 World Drivers Championship titles (achieved in 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007), the record of 16 titles of World Champion manufacturers (1961, 1964, 1975 , 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008) and the record of 219 wins in a race (as of November 26, 2012).
Among Ferrari's most famous pilots there are: Tazio Nuvolari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Phil Hill, Mike Hawthorn, John Surtees, Clay Regazzoni, Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, Gilles Villeneuve, Didier Pironi, Michele Alboreto, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Ivan Capelli, Michael Schumacher, Gerhard Berger, Jean Alesi, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen e Fernando Alonso.