Ferrari Museum – Take the kids! Tips!
A dream trip need to have something for everyone so our last Italian adventure found us at the Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy. Hubby and son both are car lovers. For those of us who aren’t as enthusiastic about cars, a little background information made the trip really enjoyable.
Ferrari Museum – Take the kids! – logistics
We found Modena an easy day trip from Bologna where we stayed in an apartment. We hired a car to make the trip which made it easy! You can also take the train. Write ahead for information on booking a taxi from the airport.
Buy tickets online for the sightseeing tour that suits your group the best.
Ferrari Museum – Take the kids! – Enjoyable for everyone.
Ferrari Museum – Take the kids! – Enzo Ferrari
Enzo Ferrari was an Italian race car driver and entrepreneur. He founded both the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and Ferrari car manufacturer.
He grew up with little formal education in Modena, Italy. During WW1, his father and brother both died of flu. When Enzo was discharged after becoming severely ill during the 1918 flu pandemic he was discharged from the army and returned home to find the family business in ruins. So, he took a job a small car company redesigning truck bodies into passenger cars. In 1920 he joined Alpha Romeo and began racing their cars.
Ferrari Museum – Take the Kids! Ferrari Emblem
The prancing horse emblem was taken from the fuselage of Italy’s WW1 leading fighter pilot, Francesco Baracca after his mysterious death. Enzo met with Francesco’s parents after a race and they suggested the use of the prancing horse for good luck and as a homage to the war hero. The yellow background was added because it is the official color of Ferarri’s hometown, Modena. The horse’s tail was changed to curve upwards, and is now called ‘Cavallino Rampante’ being first displayed on a race car in 1932.
Ferrari Museum – Take the kids! The story of the Ferrari and the Lamborghini
Ferrucio Lamborghini’s tractor business was booming. Like some wealthy people he decided the best way to celebrate his success was to buy himself a Ferrari! But, he was so disappointed with it so he went to meet with Enzo at his factory. Lamborghini wanted to complain about the clutch in his Ferrari 250GT and give his thoughts on how to improve it. Enzo sent him away telling him to go and drive tractors since he didn’t know how to drive cars.
Not deterred, Lamborghini had his clutch dismantled and realized that the manufacturer of the Ferrari clutch was also the manufacturer of the clutches for his tractors. So, Lamborghini found a spare part in his warehouse that solved the problem. After that, Lamborghini was a dissatisfied Ferrari client and aimed to beat Ferrari at his own game. He started by hiring someone that had previously worked on Enzo’s development team…. and the rest….is Ferrari and Lamborghini car history.
Ferrari Museum – Take the Kids! Legend of the logos
Legend has it that Lamborghini copied the Ferrari shield, then reversed the company’s black and yellow color scheme. The bull stands for Lamborghini’s astrological sign. What do you think?
Ferrari logo photo from Ferrari.com and Lamborghini logo photo from Lamborghini.com
Ferrari Museum – Take the Kids! Fun exhibits
In addition to the fantastic exhibits of cars you can listen to Ferrari cars race! This was really interesting. You can choose the sounds – straight aways, tight turns… and each sounds very different. The kids especially enjoyed this part.
Include a little bit of everything in your dream trip! You never know what you’ll learn!
Read more posts about our Italian travels:
Natalie, The Educational Tourist