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25 years on - Remembering Enzo Ferrari 14 Aug 2013

Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari Current Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo sits next to Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari, at a news conference Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari, at the 1920 Targa Florio where he drove for Alfa Romeo (L to R) Baconin Borzacchini, Enzo Ferrari, Tazio Nuvolari and Eugenio Siena with Alfa Romeo 8C 'Monza'. Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari, at the 1920 Targa Florio where he drove for Alfa Romeo Froilan Gonzalez (Ferrari 375) on his way to a debut world championship victory for him and Ferrari. 1951 British Grand Prix, Silverstone. Race winner Phil Hill (USA) Ferrari 156 became the first American World Champion albeit in tragic circumstances. Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 10 September 1961. World ©  Phipps/Sutton. John Surtees (GBR) Ferrari 158 3rd place. British Grand Prix, Brands Hatch, England, 11 July 1964. Scuderia Ferrari boss Enzo Ferrari stands with his chief designer Mauro Forghieri, as they look over the Ferrari 312 chassis, 1967 Italian Grand Prix, Monza Gerhard Berger, takes the chequered flag for the win folllowed by teammate Michele Alboreto, 2nd position (both Ferrari F187/88C's), Monza, Italy. 9-11 September 1988.

It’s 25 years since Enzo Ferrari, the incomparable founder of the famous Ferrari marque, passed away at his home in Italy, aged 90.

However, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who was hired by Ferrari in 1973, the legendary team boss’s influence remains intact: “The example set by Enzo Ferrari is always kept in mind,” he said.

“He managed to realise his dream of building extraordinary cars thanks to his determination and his passion, characteristics which are part of the DNA of all the men and women who work for the company that bears his name.

“Twenty five years on, he would be happy to see what Ferrari has become today, a unique industrial and racing institution, which represents Italian excellence and continues to enchant the millions and millions of fans of the marque, all over the world.”

To mark the 25th anniversary of his passing, we look back over Enzo Ferrari’s incredible career - a journey that saw him transition from humble racing driver to head of the most successful team in Formula One history…

1898 - Enzo Ferrari is born on the outskirts of Modena, Italy on February 18.

1908 - A young Enzo attends his first motor race with his father and brother and is enthralled by the action.

1917 - Serves in the Italian army during the First World War.

1919 - Moves to Milan and becomes a test driver, and then a racing driver, for Costruzioni Meccaniche Nazionali.

1920 - Finishes second in the famous Targa Florio race, driving an Alfa Romeo. Goes on to race for the company for several years before hanging up his helmet in 1931, just prior to the birth of his son, Dino.

1929 - Founds ‘Scuderia Ferrari’, initially as a racing ‘stable’ that helps owner-drivers to race. In time it effectively becomes the de-facto racing department of Alfa Romeo.

1937 - Scuderia Ferrari is responsible for building Alfa Romeo’s famous 158 (better known as the Alfetta) which goes on to dominate pre-war Grand Prix racing. A year later Ferrari winds up the Scuderia to take up a position as head of Alfa’s sporting division.

1939 - Ferrari leaves Alfa Romeo, but under the proviso that he does not use the Ferrari name in association with racing cars for at least four years. A year later he founds Auto Avio Costruzioni, eventually setting up base in Maranello.

1945 - Begins work on the first Ferrari - the V12-powered 125s - which debuts in 1947.

1950 - Ferrari enter the newly-formed Formula One world championship at the second round in Monaco. A year later, at Silverstone, Jose Froilan Gonzalez wins Ferrari’s first Formula One Grand Prix.

1952 - Alberto Ascari wins the first of two consecutive world championships for Ferrari.

1956 - Tragedy strikes Ferrari as Enzo’s beloved son Dino dies of muscular dystrophy. However Juan Manuel Fangio wins the world championship at the wheel of the modified, Ferrari-powered Lancia D50.

1958 - Mike Hawthorn wins another drivers’ world championship for Ferrari.

1961 - Ferrari win both the drivers’ world championship (with Phil Hill) and the constructors’ crown, but their triumphs are overshadowed by the death of driver Wolfgang von Trips at the season finale in Monza. At the end of the season, two of Enzo’s employees - designer Carlo Chiti and team manager Romolo Tavoni, leave the Scuderia to set up their own team, ATS.

1964 - Ferrari again win both drivers’ and constructors’ titles, but John Surtees triumphs not at the wheel of a scarlet car but in a blue and white machine - the result of a falling out between Enzo and the Italian motorsport federation.

1969 - Ferrari sells 50 percent of his company’s shares to fellow Italian car manufacturer Fiat, bringing welcome funding to the Scuderia.

1971 - Ferrari decides to build a permanent test track next to the team’s Maranello base. Fiorano opens a year later in 1972.

1973 - Enzo hires Luca di Montezemolo as an assistant to the management. The future Ferrari president becomes team principal the following year.

1975 - Niki Lauda takes the drivers’ title and, with the assistance of Clay Regazzoni, helps Ferrari seal the first of three consecutive constructors’ crowns. Lauda would claim the title again in 1977.

1979 - Jody Scheckter claims the drivers’ title - the last that Enzo would see in his lifetime. The team also win a sixth constructors’ crown.

1983 - Ferrari win their second consecutive constructors’ title - the last championship victory under the stewardship of ‘Il Commendatore’.

1988 - Enzo Ferrari passes away aged 90 at his home in Modena on August 14. A week after his death, Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto finish an emotional 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix, with Berger dedicating the win in memory of the late team founder. At the time of his death, Ferrari had established themselves as the most successful Formula One team in history, having claimed nine drivers’ titles, eight constructors’ crowns and 93 race victories.

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