In 1898, Enzo Ferrari was born into a lower-middle-class family in Modena, Italy.

Soon after World War I, Enzo applied for a job with Fiat, which flatly rejected him.

Sitting on a bench in Valentino Park, Enzo became determined to break into the auto industry. He stayed in Turin and met as many people as possible.

At the 1947 Turin Grand Prix in Valentino Park, he won the first-ever Grand Prix for Enzo Ferrari as carmaker.

Sitting on the same bench at Valentino Park, Ferrari rejoiced at Raymond Sommer's win at Turin.

At the age of 10, Enzo saw his first race, in Bologna, and was hooked.

When he was young, Enzo Ferrari wanted to be an opera singer or a sports writer.

Giuseppe Campari was an Italian opera singer.

Scuderia Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 by sponsoring drivers and race cars; then the company went into independent car production in 1946.

Enzo's father, Alfredo, and brother, both drafted into World War I, died of influenza in 1916, forcing Enzo to quit school and go to work at the family's metal foundry.

The official Ferrari logo has changed little over the years. However, the Ferrari name has.

In 1923, while racing at the Circuit of Sivocci at Ravenna, Ferrari met Count Enrico and Countess Paolina Baracca, who asked him to use their son's airplane emblem.

Porsche also uses the Stuttgart logo.

Ducati used the Baracca logo as well.

Count Enrico and Countess Paolina Baracca were the parents of the Italian pilot Francesco Baracca. Baracca may have borrowed the design from the city of Stuttgart.

In the 1920 Targa Florio, Ferrari finished second behind Guido Meregalli, after Alfa Romeo's team leader, Campari, had retired.

In 1929, Scuderia Ferrari would not have been possible without the financial help of Alfredo Caniato and Mario Tadini. With their money, he was able to hire Giuseppe Campari.

Giuseppe Campari was an Italian opera singer.

When Alfa Romeo decided to lure Giuseppe Campari back, Enzo Ferrari hired a young Tazio Nuvolari to drive for his team.

Tazio Nuvolari raced bicycles before winning the Targa Florio in 1931 and 1932, in the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300. After which, he devoted himself solely to cars.

Most of Ferrari's early drivers drove Alfa Romeo's 8C 2300.

Alfa Romeo's first Grand Prix car, the P1, was a disaster. Ugo Sivocco crashed one at Monza and was killed.

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