1977-1987 In the Limelight

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A Ferrari thinking head

The Paris Motor Show is the stage on which Ferrari chooses to reveal to the world another of its masterpieces in 1984. The model that is destined to become one of the most famous and beloved of the company cars: the Ferrari Testa Rossa.  It is immediately reviewed with approval by the public and the critics; it is elegant, thanks to its design by Pinin Farina, and provided with a powerful engine. Because of its huge success it has been produced until 1996, for a total of 7,177 units placed on the market.

As Beautiful as a Movie Star

Its well-designed shape and its luxury finishes make Testa Rossa a global icon able to gain a place on Hollywood sets, as in the popular Tv-movie series “Miami Vice”, in which the two characters drive a white Testa Rossa. But it is not the only car to tread the boards: Ferrari 308 GTS is the absolute star for three seasons in the” Magnum P.I” series.

Ferrari is now a status symbol loved by the best-loved V.I.P.s : Peter Sellers, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and the list continues to present day, as well as  among the celebrities of the fashion, business, entertainment and  music world , also among millions of fans all over the world.

Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter

For the Prancing Horse Company Formula 1 is triumphantly successful with the arrival of two incredible star players: Niki Lauda – an accurate, meticulous, almost precise driver with indomitable will – and Jody Scheckter – a well-experienced champion, capable to measure out courage and intelligence in an amazing mix. The two stars of the competition permit the Maranello Team to win the World Constructors’ Championship in 1977 and in 1979 as well as the Drivers’ overall Final Standings. In the 80s Ferrari succeeds in winning two more Constructors’ Titles, respectively in 1982 and 1983, before having to yield to McLaren’s supremacy.

Gilles Villeneuve

In these years Ferrari supporters have good reason to develop a passion for the work of the Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve. He debuts at Ferrari pits in 1977, competing in the last two races of the Championship after Lauda’s default. He is going to stay at the Scuderia Ferrari for five seasons. Shortly Villeneuve becomes one of the fans’ favourites thanks to his driving skills and the competitive spirit he plays in every race, but also due to his mild-mannered and generous disposition in and out the racing world. It is because of his valuable help Scheckter succeeds in winning the World Championship in 1979. Just in this year Grand Prix of France, which takes place in Dijon, proves memorable while being the scene of an engrossing struggle between Villeneuve and René Arnoux for the second place:  the Canadian driver has the advantage over Arnoux, staging one of the most spectacular moments in the history of Formula 1.

The aviator crashes in Zolder

The “aviator”, this is Villeneuve’s nickname, is one of the most beloved Ferrari drivers due to his racing bravura, although he has never won the World Championship  Title because of his premature death, which happened in 1982 at Zolder, during the qualifications for the Belgian Grand Prix. Although his career is really short, this “generous champion”, as he is then defined by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, leaves his mark in the story of the Prancing Horse Company and in Ferrari fans’ memory.

A Temple for a Legend

A rough idea of ​​a Gallery dedicated to “Cavallino” starts shaping in 1984. On April, 21 Enzo Ferrari himself sends a request to the managements respectively of the Castle in Spezzano and of the Autodrome in Modena to make an inspection and see if they are fit for the purpose. The two sites, however, prove to be unsuitable and Maranello is selected, as if a natural, invisible thread tied the town with the company.  At the same time, Enzo Ferrari applies the City Council for a site and is proposed to set up the Gallery inside the library, as a first solution. The idea is to exhibit the cars through a transparent floor, while visitors tread upstairs in the library.

In 1985 the City Council entrusts architect Tiziano Lugli with the design of the future Ferrari Gallery, which also incorporates the Civic Centre. By the same resolution the Council approves an economic contribution by Enzo Ferrari and the company. These are the foundations of what is going to be in time the Ferrari Museum at Maranello. The project is abruptly stopped when Enzo Ferrari’s health begins to be very poor. After his death ​​the Gallery job is put aside, but not for so much time long.

The Maranello Stadium

The City Council of Maranello continues to work for the town improvement, and in 1986 inaugurates the football pitch “Municipal Stadium Dino Ferrari”, at Via Dino Ferrari.


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