If money is no object; tell us about your dream car and why
DeAngelo • ABERDEEN, NC
Rocky Mount High School
My dream car is the Ferrari. Ferrari has always been a symbol of speed and prestige and elegance. It has even been described as a 'passion on wheels'. Owning a Ferrari means that you have arrived in style. But of course it is not easy. Only the very rich can even dream of owning a Ferrari. The Ferrari is the brainchild of Enzo Ferrari, an Italian who started his career as a small carmaker and soon took up car racing.
The 125 Sport was the first ever Ferrari motorcar. Enzo Ferrari did not intend to build road cars, when he formed the Scuderia Ferrari in 1929. He did this as a sponsorship for amateur drivers. After World War I, Ferrari became a driver on the Alfa-Romeo team.
Following a victory at Ravenna, the family of Francesco Baracca, a World War I fighter pilot for the Italian air force, presented him with a small charred plaque. Baracca had died in combat and the plaque was one of the surviving remnants of his plane. It contained their family crest, a black horse on a yellow shield. This prancing horse became the symbol of Ferrari and it appeared on all the cars he drove.
Even today it can be seen on the distinctive red racing Ferraris and the touring cars he makes for the public. The Ferrari has been featured in many films and television shows. The Ferrari 250 GT California was seen in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the Ferrari 512 was in the 1971 film "Le Mans" with Steve McQueen, the Ferrari "Mondial" was in Weird Science, the Ferrari Daytona appeared in "Miami Vice" and a replica of the Ferrari F430 was used in the Pixar movie "Cars."
In a truly extraordinary and record-setting partnership between man and machine, Michael Schumacher and Ferrari dominated the Formula One races, winning the World Driver's Championship from 2000 through 2004 and the Constructors' Championship from 1999 through 2004. Among four wheelers, it is simply the ultimate in style and power and that is why it is my dream car.