Ferrari celebrates its 70th birthday
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.