Fer­rari cel­e­brates its 70th birth­day

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

LOTS OF mo­tor­ing an­niver­saries are two a penny but here’s a date worth mark­ing.

In March 1947 Enzo Fer­rari fired up the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. That first test drive on the streets of Maranello marked the start of the mar­que.

The then-mod­est fac­tory quickly grew into one of the great in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned Made in Italy icons. Ex­actly 70 years later, Fer­rari launched its of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tions for this mile­stone an­niver­sary.

To co­in­cide with the of­fi­cial start of the cel­e­bra­tions and to com­mem­o­rate the events of 70 years ago, Fer­rari is also re­leas­ing a video fea­tur­ing a re-en­act­ment of the first car driv­ing through the fac­tory gates.

The 125 S was de­signed by Gioacchino Colombo with Giuseppe Busso and Luigi Bazzi also con­tribut­ing to the project. On March 12 1947, the 125 S, still an un­bod­ied steel rolling chas­sis, roared to life for the first time and the great Fer­rari ad­ven­ture be­gan.

Two months later, on May 11 1947, the car made its track de­but at the Pi­a­cenza Cir­cuit and then on May 20, Franco Cortese drove the 125 S to vic­tory in the Rome Grand Prix.

A spe­cial web­site has been cre­ated at www.fer­rari70.com.

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