Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (1898-1988) grew up at Modena where his father, Alfredo Ferrari, had a mechanical engineering business based in a workshop that is part of this museum. The younger Ferrari was inspired to a career in motor racing by watching the Circuit di Bologna in 1908. He became a racing driver and in 1932 founded the Scuderia Ferrari grand prix team. In the late 1930s his company made its living by supplying parts to other racing teams, and during the Second World War had to turn to the manufacture of armaments.
Allied bombing raids destroyed the factory at Modena which caused him to move to a new works at Marandello, 27 km. to the south, which became the seat of Ferrari SpA the manufacturing company that he founded in 1947, and which subsequently achieved great successes in grand prix races, in the 24 Hours race at Le Mans and in the Mille Miglia, as well as in marketing commercial high performance cars.
The Ferrari company’s achievements in motor sport are commemorated in the museum at Marandello which is linked by a shuttle bus service with that at Modena which is concerned with the career of Enzo Ferrari himself. It consists of two sharply contrasting parts. Alfredo Ferrari’s workshop, a two-storey, ten-bay building with rendered walls and a clay tile roof, has been renovated and visitor are able to see the setting in which Enzo Ferrari learned the basics of automobile engineering. Adjacent to the workshop is a spectacular modern building opened in 2014 where, in a huge open space, without upright columns or pillars, visitors can enjoy a multi-media presentation on the life of Enzo Ferrari provided by 19 projectors, while surrounded by many of the outstanding cars produced by the company he founded.