Horses for two different courses
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