Deep in the heart of Italy’s Modena is a modest home. It has unassuming tiles and ordinary guttering. Time has gnawed at the colouring of its bricks and the paint is slowly fading and chipping. Few things about this building are remarkable, and yet it serves as a place of worship. Here, the religion is speed and the deities are the cars born from Enzo Ferrari.
It is the home in which Enzo Ferrari was raised. Written on the outside fence, in both English and the native Italian tongue, is: “This house was sold by Enzo Ferrari when he was 20 years old to buy his first race car: the beginning of the Legend”.
The home and workshop have since been converted into a museum commemorating Enzo and his legacy. Not so long ago another building was built on the property. This one is radically designed and it strikes an intriguing juxtaposition against the 19th century home.
Inspiration has been sourced from the shape of a Ferrari’s bonnet. The roof and ceiling curve into one another just as the front- and rear-lines of Ferrari’s concept F100r. Yellow is the colour of this building because that is the colour behind the Prancing Horse.
The first building stands testament to Ferrari’s history. The second is where the company is going.
Inside tells a similar story. The museum displays cars poignant to Ferrari’s history. There’s everything from the first Ferrari ever made, the 125 S of 1947, right up until today’s LeFerrari. Stripped engines, Formula 1 cars and hydroplanes are found in between. All of the legends are present, coloured in iconic Ferrari red.
Upon his return many years later, founder Enzo Ferrari said: “I went back to see that place, sixty-two years later, moved by a sharp feeling of nostalgia. Only the canals have disappeared; the building is still there, with its bricks that show the insults of time, surrounded by modern cement. On the blackened and chipped front you can still make out the writing. ‘Officina Meccanica Alfredo Ferrari’.”
The following photos are joined by captions quoted directly from the museum and its exhibitions.