I couldn’t pass Modena by, the birth place of Enzo Ferrari, without stopping by the Museo Enzo Ferrari (museum). A great photo opportunity when travelling with a camera.
I must admit, I had never heard of ‘Motor Valley’. It’s an area that runs between Modena, Maranello and Bologna. Here you can find many car and motorcycle museums, showrooms and factories. Names such as Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani and Ducati. Click here to see the full extent of what Motor Valley has to offer.
Back to Mr Ferrari. At the age 22, Enzo sold the house where he was born to buy a race car. In latter years, the house was repurchased and now forms part of this museum. The rest as they say, is history.
A prancing horse emblem had been created and sported by Italian fighter pilot Francesco Baracca. During World War I, Baracca gave Ferrari a necklace with the horse on it prior to take off. Baracca was sadly shot down and died. In his memory, Ferrari used the horse to create the now world famous prancing horse emblem that would become the Ferrari shield. It first appeared on Alfa Romeos, and first seen on a Ferrari in 1947.
The museum focuses on the life and work of Enzo. When you enter the stunning ‘driving with the stars’ car display, you are treated to a spectacular audio visual show of some of the 90 year history. It is also fascinating to see the engines that power F1 cars in the Ferrari Engine Museum. You can also treat yourself to trying out an F1 car in the simulator. Lots to see and do here – you can find out more on the dedicated website.