Horses for two dif­fer­ent cour­ses

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

What Jon Bent­ley did not men­tion in his 17 Fe­bru­ary col­umn on car badges when he said that Porsche also had a pranc­ing horse in its badge, sim­i­lar to Fer­rari’s, was that it is the same pranc­ing horse!

It’s well-known that Enzo Fer­rari used the pranc­ing horse em­blem on the side of Baracca’s fighter plane in the 1920s. He be­lieved it brought him good luck.

But Baracca used that par­tic­u­lar em­blem be­cause his fam­ily had a stud farm, adopt­ing as its sym­bol the pranc­ing horse from the coat-of-arms of the city of Stuttgart, that name it­self be­ing a cor­rup­tion of ‘Stuten­garten’ – which means ‘Stud Farm’ in English – or ‘Scud­e­ria’ in Ital­ian. Porsche, based in the city, also used the Stuttgart coat of arms as the ba­sis for its badge: ergo it’s the same pranc­ing horse! Nor­man E Hawkes, Hessle, York­shire

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