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  Ferrari - Scuderia 1

We have the extremely problematic year 1929, as you know, the one with Black Friday. And so you might ask yourself how one can start a racing team shortly afterwards. Perhaps it was also due to the development that Italy had taken up to this point in time.

The enthusiasm for racing in the country has always been difficult to communicate abroad. Early on, every major settlement had its own motorsport events. And if it was only going uphill, comparisons between cars are always possible. Incredible the reports of really very fast vehicles that had to pass through canyons of houses in villages.

Where other countries tended to outsource this sport, it took place in Italy in the middle. And where real racetracks emerged, they were really fast, very fast even, such as Monza. Car racing has a similar meaning as football and cycling. And that's exactly what Alfa had no more money for, because the fascists were concentrating that on Fiat and they were only supposed to build sports cars.

In the course of the beginning armament , trucks and the like were added, but not funds for racing. Italy was almost a leader in motorway construction and, contrary to the motor vehicle route between Cologne and Bonn so celebrated by Germany, had opened the first motorway with two separate lanes as early as 1924 between Milan and Varese.

Then there were the five Maserati brothers with their 16-cylinder record-breaking car, which is reported in the corresponding chapter. It had just made it to nearly 250 km/h, not the first, but that hardly mattered. And if a love of racing, or even participation, was part of good manners even for men from high society, the founding of Scuderia Ferrari was almost logical.

Ferrari himself seemed to be the right person to run this company. Especially his good relations with Alfa were, if at all, a guarantee for sufficiently fast vehicles. He also knew the racing drivers in question well himself and was able to assess their respective values. In addition to Alfa’s 10,000 lire, there were similarly high royalties from Shell, Bosch and Pirelli.

Ferrari seemed to be doing well, because he was able to contribute 50,000 lire himself, not a little despite the 130,000 lire from the textile manufacturers Augusto and Alfredo Caniato and the racing driver Tadini. Nevertheless, it was an ascent in the crisis which cost many small manufacturers and suppliers the existence. Ferrari's dominance in the Scuderia was similar to that much later demanded by Ford for racing, but at the failure to grant this, the takeover failed.

Typically Italian that one of the two brothers was appointed president, albeit without any competence. Of course, all suppliers were more willing to compromise in this difficult situation, and some even became further sponsors. And then you made not only your own cars ready to race, but also those of wealthy customers.

No, the racing department was not completely outsourced to the Scuderia. It continued to exist with Alfa, Vittorio Jano was also still developing racing cars there. However, there was limited competition insofar as the cars and possibly the drivers were shared. The better material was of course reserved for the factory.

So it was difficult for the Scuderia in the first year. With the engagement of Giuseppe Campari, who has also become known as a heavyweight opera star, Ferrari only barely made it into the premier league. Another driver was co-founder Tadini. It appeared to be a probation year that Alfa was critically looking at. Ferrari had meanwhile relocated the branch to his hometown Modena, together with a small team and workshop.

Ferrari drove again, even taking the third place in a race in Alessandria on the weaker 1750. It was only in the second year that the Scuderia apparently got hold of better material and more often it was able to compare not only with the works team, but sometimes also with the other big players as Maserati, Bugatti and Mercedes. Overall, they won 8 times in 22 participations, and not just small, insignificant races.

The year 1931 began accordingly in a friendly manner. Enzo had found a more spacious workshop in the village, together with his wife Laura, a larger apartment. It was possible to obligate one of the two best racing drivers in the country, Tazio Nuvolari. There was also a new racing car, the data can be found at the beginning of the chapter.

Incredible the further development of the Scuderia, which in the meantime has achieved much more than just getting vehicles ready for racing. The changes to the cars went so far that they were even labeled as their own versions. Of course, this also included a large number of machines. It was also possible to transport the cars and those of rich customers themselves by purchasing two trucks.

A certain reputation had been earned at Alfa, were rewarded with just-developed vehicles, some of which had not even been fully tested. In very important races, such as the one in Monza, the Scuderia was left out. Therefore Arcangeli's fatal accident was not their fault. Nevertheless it is still one of the first really significant victories of the 8C, which is then nicknamed 'Monza'.

Ferrari finally started for the last time after being badly humiliated by Nuvolari. He had the much weaker 1750, had an accident after which the passenger could only accelerate and still he caught the boss just before the finish, even though he had started already minutes before.

1932 is the year in which Alfredo (Dino) was born, who despite his relatively short and illness-riddled life played a role in the history of the Ferrari company. There was reorganization among the partners, the new racing driver Taruffi, but also a new connection that had to be considered even more important with regard to the future, that to a certain Edoardo Weber.

If you don't notice it straight away, it is these wonderfully pretty structures that later adorned up to six the upper part of the twelve-cylinder and, as flat-flow double carburettors, delighted countless fans of tuned vehicles. This is where one of the many successful connections for both parties began that Ferrari had made, until petrol injection intervened.

The Mille Miglia was particularly exciting this year, as the aim was to stamp out the disgrace of Rudolf Caracciola's race victory in a seven-liter supercharged Mercedes from the previous year. The works team and Scuderia were challenged here. And even with the incredibly much weaker 8C it was possible not only to win, but also to undercut the record that had been set.

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