THE ORIGINS OF A SUCCESS STORY
13 May 2005 – 25 September 2005
It is impossible to think of racing cars without thinking of Ferrari, a true glamour icon, symbolising excitement and emotion. The origins of its success today derive from years of hard work and experimentation, especially between 1950 and 1955, which marked the first glorious years of extraordinary creativity. Exciting years during which Ferrari, initially the exuberant new arrival, gradually became the dominant force in the Grand Prix circuit and in the world of sports cars.
One hundred photographs taken by a person with privileged access to the world of racing and Ferrari document those early years of success, the racing circuit and its protagonists – Enzo Ferrari, Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss, Luigi Villoresi – as well as the Maranello factory and its products, and amusing episodes that have become history(” One of the most memorable episodes in the history of racing happened in the 1952 edition of the Mille Miglia. Giovanni Bracco’s Ferrari was a few minutes behind Kling’s Mercedes. While the officials were stamping his race docket in Florence, Bracco asked for a flask of Chianti. Thanks to the additional “fuel” he managed to get past the German racing up and down the Appennines”).
The photographs, some of them hitherto unpublished, are by Rodolfo Mailander, at the time a young reporter dazzled by the world of racing cars. He was correspondent for the prestigious magazine, “Automobile Revue”, the bible of motor car journalism, and also contributed to other periodicals, such as Sport Illustrierte, Motorwelt, Auto Italiana, Automobile Year, Autocourse, The Autocar , Auto speed and Sport and L ‘ Equipe .
Rodolfo Mailander had the opportunity to work on a number of articles covering Ferraris in the Grand Prix races, rallies, road races and hill climbs. Thanks to his friendship with the drivers, and in particular with Stirling Moss, he managed to use his Leica to best effect, taking spectacular and sometimes dangerous shots (” Stirling Moss was the man I’d ask for advice when I had to decide the best spot on a circuit to take good photos. But then he stopped giving me advice after he’d gone off the circuit two or three times at the very point he’d suggested!” ).
The exhibition will also include some fine portraits of Enzo Ferrari and drivers of the period, such as Stirling Moss and Alberto Ascari. The photographs will be accompanied by some objects and memorabilia from the 1950s: drivers’ helmets and outfits, engines and models.
Two historic cars lent for the occasion by the “Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia” Motor Car Museum will be on show alongside the Lingotto race track: the Lancia D 50, which marked the transition between Lancia and Ferrari and bore both marques, and Ferrari 246 F1.
The section dedicated to Ferrari today will display a present-day Formula 1 car, exceptionally lent by Ferrari for the first two weeks of the exhibition, as well as a private collection of helmets from the 1970s to today, a collection of Ferrari models and some modern F1 engines.
The catalogue of the exhibition, with the 100 photographs on show, is published by Skira: www.Skira.net .
The 500 photographs Mailander shot from 1950 to 1955 are published in the book by Karl Ludvigsen “Ferrari by Mailander”, Dalton Watson Fine Books.
For informations: www.daltonwatson.com.
© FOTO ERCOLE COLOMBO