Probably one of the most desired cars on the planet no matter who you are is a Ferrari. Few things set this car apart, one which is the most obvious is the bright red signature paint work and gorgeous sleek and sexy lines that paint its every curve.
I don't know what it is, but show anyone a picture of this car in Rosso Corsa, the correct name for Ferrari red, and the proud prancing horse name will come to mind. It's the go to car for aspiration, music video eye candy, and a symbol of wealth and riches. Ferrari has been ingrained into us as an established, premium and dream brand for the young and old.
It's not all glitz and glamour either. Take a look at the picture above. What you see there are massive brakes, perfectly cut rims and hints of pure racing bloodline. While Ferrari might be a symbol of some sorts to you, for us car fanatics we know that every picture tells a story of racing heritage, lightweight materials and cutting edge technology.
However, this is where things change in my story. You see for myself, and I am sure many others out there, Ferrari's became a sort of arrogant brand. Could it just be me? Perhaps, but whenever I just saw one and the person in it, I thought to myself, argh what a show off in his or her brightly coloured Ferrari showing off and thinking they are all that. While this may be true, the story behind the car and driver runs a bit deeper than our slight hatred for them owning our dreams.
Owning a Ferrari for the privileged few is a life goal to achieve for its buyers. You have a great career or you have made your first few millions, so to celebrate the success you go and buy the car you have always wanted since you were 12 years old. Once all the paper work and clearance is done, it sits perfectly in your driveway where you can look in admiration as to how hard you have worked for your number one desire.
We all want the best things in life don't we? So did the man who created and founded this iconic brand, Enzo Ferrari. Lets start with that badge you see on the steering wheel. It was first adopted as a personal emblem by highly decorated Italian World War I pilot, Francesco Baracca, who painted it on the side of his war plane. At the end of the war, Baracca’s mother and father let Enzo Ferrari use the Cavallino Rampante (Prancing Horse) symbol. He then later took on the logo for his racing team, placing it on a yellow shield in honour of his hometown of Modena.
Powering each Ferrari is a technical masterpiece, the famous one being the signature V8. Hearing one is like listening to an orchestra building up to the climax. Unlike a normal V8 which shouts and burbles and has a more bass like nature, a Ferrari's V8 can be best described as violin or cello. It's clean, pure and symphonic.
At full chat, the car sounds amazing but watching it do its thing on a normal B-Road or a race track just leaves you in awe but also shows you the marriage that is Ferrari. From rich leather interiors and minimalist carbon fibre pieces, to sleek and sexy lines as the car blurs past you, gripping the road and shouting in glorious symphony, you finally say to yourself, yip that's a Ferrari.
After all that is said and done the pieces are slowly put back together. A Ferrari isn't just a piece of bedroom wallpaper inspiration, it's lifestyle, a goal, an accomplishment, and a piece of tangible success that allows others to aspire just like you have when you so boldly purchased one. So when you see someone in his or her Ferrari, give them a round of applause and a bit of a slow clap because they are living the dream each and every single one of us want at the end of the day. To end this I will quote Enzo Ferrari himself, " Everyone dreams of driving a Ferrari, it was my intent from the start."