Ferrari Essay

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Early Years at Alfa Romeo: No history of Ferrari is complete without mentioning that I worked for Alfa Romeo from 1920 to 1929 (I wanted to get a job at Fiat after WWI, but restrictions on civilian auto traffic in Italy meant the company wasn't hiring), and that I raced Alfas for another 10 years after that. From the time I was 12, I knew I wanted be a race driver. At Alfa, I achieved that dream, and adopted the cavallino, or prancing horse, insignia for My Alfa race car. In 1929, I left Alfa to start Scuderia Ferrari in Modena, My privately owned Alfa Romeo racing team. The 1950s - Race- and Road-Ready: During the 1950s, I had legendary engineers like Lampredi and Jano on the payroll, and bodies designed by the legendary Pinin Farina. Every time a race car was improved, the road car was the beneficiary. In 1951, a Ferrari 375 brought the team its first victory -- over Alfa Romeo, no less. The 357 America hit the market in 1953, as did the first in the long line of 250 GTs. Production of all Ferrari cars grew from 70 or 80 a year in 1950 to more than 300 by 1960. I suffered a personal tragedy in 1956, when My son Dino, who had helped develop Ferrari's V6 engine, died of muscular dystrophy at the age of 24. The 1960s - Turbulent Times : The '60s started out pretty good for me: Phil Hill won the Formula 1 championship in 1961 using a 1.5-liter V6 race car nicknamed "Dino." It was the era of the sexy, swooping 250 Testa Rossa. But things got rough for the Prancing Horse, like when Carroll Shelby brought his Cobra to European race tracks. After years of rivalry, the Texan beat the Italian in 1964. Ferrari was having financial troubles as well, but that was nothing new. There were talks with Ford about a buyout, but I instead walked out on that deal and sold part of the company to Fiat in 1969. The 1980s - Greed Is Good -- for Ferrari: Let's skip to 1985, when

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