In celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the publisher, Giorgio Nada Editore SRL, has brought out this wonderful piece of work by the author Leonardo Acerbi. The book covers the ‘Golden Years’ of Ferrari’s motorsport achievements from 1947 to 1988, including all aspects of the company’s involvement in racing. The content is conveniently divided into decades, making it easy for the reader to select his/her favourite decade.
The book though is not so much a book in the traditional narrative style, as there are just a few pages of text at the start of each chapter before one gets into the images relating to that decade. This is where the appeal of this book is really strong, as the images used to illustrate this book are simply breathtaking. They cover every aspect of the sport: action shots sliding through corners, pit lane, drivers and personalities, team and crew, and many more. There are copious double-page spreads in both black and white as well as colour, depicting in the most graphic and intimate manner all aspects of motor racing.
The photography includes the passion, the character, the pain and the glory of Ferrari’s ascendancy through the decades to that of domination in many sectors of the sport. There is the horror of several fatal accidents, to the jubilation of so many race victories, and the simplicity of race car assembly in the Ferrari works. There is little that is new between the covers of this book by way of text, but the way in which it has been portrayed through photography, elevates this book to the highest level.
The subject of the book covers the years during which Ferrari was ruled by one man, Commendatore. Enzo Ferrari’s rule was absolute, and this is perhaps the single most important reason behind the company’s extraordinary success over more than four decades. Ferrari managed and built up his company during a time when other similar entrepreneurs and visionaries did likewise in the industry, and we are unlikely ever to see such a period again.
This book celebrates the vast number of successes in Ferrari’s motorsport activities during the four decades from 1947 to 1988, the time when the company was headed by Enzo Ferrari. Rather than telling the story of Ferrari, it is a tribute to the people who played a part in those many successes and disappointments, from the top of the company right down to the shop floor.
On the downside, the text that introduces each chapter is printed in a light grey on white, and this makes it quite difficult to read. This differs from the style used for the captions, which is a slightly darker shade, and therefore a bit easier to read. Quite why the publisher has chosen to go this route is puzzling, but if you can look past this fact, the pictures tell their own story. The introductory narrative at the start of each chapter, as well as the captions, are presented in dual language, Italian/English.
I would go so far as to say that the cover price of this book is slightly on the light side, given the heavyweight nature of the product. It is a large book, almost square in format, and 360 pages in length on good quality paper. If you are a Ferrari enthusiast, or a general motorsport enthusiast, or even if your loyalties lie with another marque, this book is a must for you. Get it while you can!
|Title||Ferrari Gli Anni D’Oro – The Golden Years|
|Publisher||Giorgio Nada Editore SRL|
|Format||28 x 30cm, hardbound with jacket|
|Language||Italian and English|
And if Ferrari is your chosen marque, you might want to check out our other blogs on Ferrari:
- Ferrari 512 S/M – Book progress report
- Ferrari 250 GTO – A raw beauty
- The red promise
- The European motor museum tour continues…
Written by: Glen Smale