Realpoint Italy

8 Sep 2013

The Italian Gran Prix

In Italy, Formula 1 means Ferrari and Monza. The Cavallino Rampante ("prancing horse") a black stallion on a yellow shield, the most sublime of racing cars, will be competing cheered on by thousands of aficionados at the circuit and watched by a worldwide audience.
The Monza circuit is beautiful, steeped in atmosphere with a rich history almost as long as motorsport itself. Located in a royal park and nestled in dense woodland, Monza has an ambience unmatched by any rival. "Monza is a very special place," says Pino Allievi, a veteran columnist for Italy's leading sports newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, who has covered F1 since the 1970s. "In going there, you go through a tunnel with history. It is different from any other circuit. There is a magnetism you don't get anywhere else."
This famous circuit has existed since 1922. It's the world's second oldest permanent race track still in active use, after Indianapolis in the United States. 

For much of that time, it has been associated strongly with a name that will be at the centre of things this weekend, as it has been since F1 began in 1950 - Ferrari.
The unique blend of glamour, speed and aesthetics represented by its cars resonates throughout the world, but nowhere more so than in Italy, where the famous racing and sports car constructor is almost a way of life.
It has been so for nearly a century. Enzo Ferrari, the legendary founder of the marque, raced for Alfa Romeo in the 1920s and 1930s, he made the name Ferrari popular before he set himself up as a manufacturer of road and racing cars in his own right in the 1940s.

One of Ferrari's many visionary qualities was to see the value of public relations long before it became a modern obsession, and he used it ruthlessly. He was, for example, the first to set up his company's own magazine - a lead nearly all exclusive car manufacturers have since followed.
Elsewhere in the world, F1 has opposition from tennis, cricket, golf, rugby, cycling and any number of other sports that battle for recognition in the wake of the juggernaut that is football. But in Italy, there is no competition - there is football, there is F1, and then there is everything else.
The world’s most famous and favourite red of Ferrari hails from Emilia Romagna. The racing cars which carry the logo of the prancing horse are not only beautiful sports cars but also a legend. A legend which finds its roots in Maranello, the birthplace of Ferrari in the province of Modena: a legend which has taken on and conquered the entire world.

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