As famous as it is mysterious is the logo of the exponent brand of Italian sports cars. How it all started and what was the first car that ran with the emblem on its bodywork. All the details, below.
Enzo Ferrari is, one could say, the founder of ferrari but not from Prancing Horse, the brand logo. Yes, the emblem is not his complete authorship. But better let’s put ourselves in context and review how his first encounters with his great passion were: the engine, the speed, the mechanics, the races.
When he was still a young man who confronted his family due to his weakness for vehicles and competitions, he managed to avoid the First World War. During the Great War he lost his father Alfredo and his brother Dino. Enzo achieved his goal of getting involved in motorsports.
Paradoxes of life. Although Ferrari did not race for a long time with his Alfa Romeo, his first car, to later dedicate himself to his true vocation, which was to direct, which led him to lead the automobile division of the Milan brand -what would later become the Scuderia Ferrari- those few years were enough to bring the legendary logo to life.
The origin of the Ferrari logo
In 1923 Enzo Ferrari met during a race in northern Italy Enrico Barracca, father of Count Francesco Baracca, aviator of the Great War. Here we must locate the origin of the Cavallino, since it was Francesco who used it before Ferrari was born. Ferrari’s horse was neither more nor less than that of the Baracca heraldic shield and the aviator had it painted in red on white on the fuselage of his aircraft.
Also important in the story is Francesco’s mother, Countess Paolina. And there are two versions involving it. One supposes that it was she herself who asked Enzo to apply the Cavallino in his race car in tribute to her son who died in combat. The other establishes that she proposed to him at the Baracca house when she saw Enzo carefully observe the version of Francesco printed on a canvas in a living room of the house.
Thus, Enzo Ferrari took it in black on yellow as mourning for those who died during the war and in allusion to the official color of Modena. However, it took nine years for the logo to start in motorsports. It was in 1932. Already off the tracks, Enzo was now directing. A Alfa Romeo 8C He had the privilege and he did it with honors: he won that day and won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, a Belgian circuit.
After the details, what is known, at least for scholars of the history of the Italian manufacturer: SF, that inscription under the Cavallino, is due to the fact that the Scuderia was the foundation prior to the officialization of the brand as such in 1947. From then on, the emblem mutated while preserving its essence. Its origin, however, is only one. Did you know him?