time Enzo Ferrari witnessed a car racing event, he immediately knew
what his life was destined to be. And even if his life-long works
are very popular among car enthusiasts, never had he expected that
his name would be one that is so coveted by everyone who’s
anyone in today’s society.
Around the time of Enzo Ferrari’s birth
in 1898, the name “Ferrari” was just as ordinary as
any other “John” or “Joe”. But now, the
Ferrari brand is one of the most sought after in the automobile
industry, a definite entry in most people’s list of dream
popularity of Ferraris can be attributed to every single ounce of
blood, sweat, and tear that Enzo Ferrari spent not only in strengthening
the brand, but in his entire career in the automotive racing industry
as well. With the Ferrari brand having a colorful history full of
dramatic events and talented (not to mention dedicated) personnel,
Enzo Ferrari was able to build a company/institution that would
go on to be one of the most famous in the industry, even until now.
Race championships, world-renowned drivers, and
innovative car models are just a few of the highlights associated
with Ferrari’s rich past. Add to that the adrenaline-pumping
speeds that Ferrari cars can travel, while still being able to sport
sleek and fashionable looks that have set standards, benchmarks,
and stereotypes in and out of the race world over the years. All
these have made loyal followers out of most car fanatics, establishing
the symbol of the Prancing Horse as more than just a brand, and
not just about races and cars. It is passion in itself.
That same passion is the reason why the Galleria
Ferrari was established in 1988. The structure serves as a museum
for only the best memorabilia in Ferrari history, housing trophies,
models, significant car parts, emblems, and other items that any
Ferrari junkie would love to see.
Since Enzo Ferrari and his life’s works
have made significant strides in enriching Italy’s culture
through the years, the Galleria Ferrari is a well-loved attraction
in the country. This one-of-a-kind facility is even situated in
Maranello, a town just south of Enzo Ferrari’s birth place
of Modena. Furthermore, this structure doesn’t just hold the
many priceless Ferrari artifacts; it accurately depicts the developments,
the struggles, and the ups and downs in Ferrari’s decades-worth
History of Ferrari and its Founder
at the age of 10, Enzo Ferrari was already exuding that passion
for automobile racing and even dreamt of becoming a race car driver.
Soon after, Ferrari traded his formal education for chance to be
a part of the automotive industry, working for a small carmaker
while improving his racing skills by test driving the products.
His knowledge on cars expanded too, mainly because of that exposure.
After World War I, Ferrari started taking up racing
seriously, with a ninth place finish at the Targa Florio being the
highlight. And just like that, he earned a job at Alfa Romeo in
1920 and even drove a modified production car during the races.
His performance record saw significant improvements, with a series
of high-place finishes tucked under his belt.
Ferrari had quite a long tenure at Alfa Romeo.
Even when he retired from racing in 1929, he continued to assist
in designing race car machinery, which he learned during his racing
days with Alfa Romeo. It was during his days at Alfa Romeo when
Ferrari was given a unique distinction of carrying the family crest
of Italian flying ace Francesco Baracca, a martyr of World War I
whom Ferrari admired and idolized. The symbol is one of the few
remnants of Baracca’s plane when it crash landed, so Ferrari
adopted it as his personal symbol when Baracca’s parents,
Count Enrico and Countess Paolina, presented it to him. Currently,
this insignia of the Prancing Horse on a yellow shield is well-known
around the world as it can be seen on all bright red Ferraris, regardless
if they are for racing or for sale to the public.
Ferrari was also able to establish the Scuderia
Ferrari team, which had a beneficial relationship (sort of a subsidiary
arrangement) with Ferrari’s employer Alfa Romeo. Overall,
the Scuderia Ferrari team had a good run, scoring eight victories
and several decent finishes in 22 events. However, it was discontinued
in 1938 due to stiff competition from German racing companies, forcing
Alfa Romeo to concentrate all its resources in forming a new stable
called Alfa Corse.
This incident led to the founding of Ferrari’s
very own company, Auto-Avio Costruzioni Ferrari. Despite experiencing
a massive destruction of its workshop during World War II, Costruzioni
Ferrari proved that it was just a slight bump on the road to greatness.
After successfully rebuilding its workshop and constructing its
first race car (the 125 Sport), the Ferrari winning tradition started,
amassing victories left and right even up to this day.
Aside from the gifted drivers and engineers that
have helped the Ferrari brand become a household name, Ferrari also
benefited from Italian pride, gaining significant contributions
and donations from countrymen like Fiat, Lancia, and others. And
with everything already in place, the rest was history.
Inside the Galleria
in 1988 and inaugurated in February of 1990, this two-storey museum
exhibits a bevy of racing cars that were driven only by the great
Ferrari drivers like Gilles Villeneuve, Froilan Gonzales, Rubens
Barrichello, Michael Schumacher, and many others.
In line with that, tons of historical information
can be seen on the museum walls, including a display of various
trophies earned in Ferrari’s more than fifty years of active
competition. Among the notable accolades displayed are those won
by Enzo Ferrari himself during his heydays as a race car driver,
as well as the “fruits” of Schumacher’s F1 dominance.
Furthermore, there are monitors and images in
the museum that highlight the important people, machines, and events
that have been integral pieces in Ferrari’s emergence as a
powerhouse in its industry. The company has made timeless contributions
to the automobile industry through technological innovations and
safety measures, which is why there are historical exhibits inside
the museum that are related to the important stages in the development
of the said industry.
On the upper floor of the Galleria Ferrari is
a spot dedicated to the company’s innovative juices. Seen
here are experimental models such as the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
and the F50, previous F1 racing cars and engines, F1-type gearshift
paddles, and other technological discoveries of different times.
Another fascinating attraction in the Galleria Ferrari is the amphitheater,
where two F1 driving simulators await those who want to feel the
rush of racing behind the wheel of a single-seater.
Since other related establishments (the Ferrari
restaurant, the official Formula One shop, and the actual Ferrari
factory) are positioned nearby, the Galleria Ferrari will surely
give any visitor a complete dose of red racing fever that is “Ferrari
Via Dino Ferrari, 43 - 41053 Maranello, Italy
053 694 32 04
Cost of Entry: Adults
- Students €10
- Children aged 6-10 €8
9.30am-6.00pm Mon-Sun -1st May to 30th September extended opening
a hotel in Maranello and pay on check out