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If you can dream it, you can do it

An incredible drive – in every sense – led Enzo Ferrari’s name to become synonymous with some of the most coveted motor vehicle marques in the world.

Brought up in Modena, Italy, with little formal education, he became bitten by the motor-racing bug at the age of 10 when his father took him to watch Circuit di Bologna in 1908.

After fighting in the First World War and being discharged from the army after contracting the flu which had killed both his father and brother, Ferrari began working for a car manufacturer as a test driver and soon began competing in races. He became a big name on the motor racing circuit until retiring from behind the wheel in 1931, by which time he had established the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix racing team.

By 1940, Ferrari had begun building cars, achieving its first Grand Prix win at Silverstone in 1951. The company began to manufacture leisure sports cars – with the iconic prancing horse logo – to support its focus on the professional track. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Ferrari team claimed the laurels at win after win in Formula One.

A private man who was feted for his engineering and success in contribution to motor manufacturing, Enzo’s first love was for the racing track. Just weeks after his death, team Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix. In 2002, a new car was unveiled, the Enzo Ferrari – the first to be named after the man himself.