Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari died from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 60 years ago. Alfredo Ferrari (1932-1956) was an Italian automotive engineer and the first son of automaker Enzo Ferrari. Alfredo was nicknamed Dino. He had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and died at the age of 24. After his death the Ferrari ‘Dino’ was fitted with the engine that Alfredo was working on and Enzo Ferrari named the car in honour of his son.
From an early age Enzo groomed Alfredo to be his successor. Alfredo studied economics in Bologna before moving to mechanical engineering in Switzerland. Over time, it became clear that something was wrong. Doctors had no idea what was afflicting him and he only managed to complete two years of his engineering education before returning to Modena.
In his short career at Ferrari, Alfredo was credited for the 750 Monza racing car and to a limited extent a 1.5-litre V6 that would later see action in Ferrari’s early Formula racers. Alfredo suggested to his father the development of a 1.5 L DOHC V6 engine for F2 at the end of 1955. Twelve years later, to honour his son, Enzo named the Dino series of road and racing Ferraris using this V-6 engine after him. Alfredo had Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In the final days of his life, while hospitalized, he discussed technical details of the 1.5-litre V6 with fellow engineer Vittorio Jano. Alfredo would never see the engine, he died in Modena on 30 June 1956 at the age of 24.
The death of Alfredo took a toll on his parents’ marriage. Enzo had another son, Piero, with another woman, Lina Lardi. As divorce was illegal in Italy until 1975, Piero was officially acknowledged as Enzo’s son after Laura died in 1978. Piero Ferrari is a 10% owner of the Ferrari company of which he is the vice chairman.
The Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Italy is also named in Alfredo’s honour, with his father’s name added after Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988.
This weekend the Dino theme brings awareness to Duchenne muscular dystrophy through a display of Ferrari Dino’s at the Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands).
On Sunday July 3rd there shall be a special “Dino 60 years display” (parking area):
A nice overview of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016!
The results for Vintage Cars and public referendum for modern “Concept Cars” of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 are as following:
Trofeo BMW Group
Best in Show by the Jury
Maserati, A6 GCS, Berlinetta, Pinin Farina, 1954, Destriero Collection, MC
Het Concours d'élégance Paleis het Loo, Nederlands bekendste en meest prestigieuze klassiekerevenement, staat dit jaar onder andere in het teken van zestig jaar Dino. Daarnaast presenteert Renault een prachtig overzicht van de rijke autosporthistorie van het merk. Bezoekers krijgen op 2 en 3 juli aanstaande in de unieke paleistuinen weer een prachtig weekend voorgeschoteld, dat vanaf nu een jaarlijks karakter krijgt.
Als een van de hoofdsponsors van het Concours d'élégance presenteert Renault in een eigen paviljoen een overzicht van de rijke racehistorie van het merk, die teruggaat tot 1898. Hierover later meer!
Een van de thema's dit jaar van het Concours d'élégance is 60 jaar Dino. Dit bijzondere merk is ontstaan in de jaren zestig, nadat de zoon van Enzo Ferrari op tragische wijze om het leven kwam. Enzo besloot zijn zoon te eren en zocht samenwerking met Fiat voor de productie van een sportwagen met V6-motor. De samenwerking leverde enkele bijzondere modellen op, waarvan de Fiat Dino Spider de eerste was. Later volgde een eigen versie van Ferrari, de Dino 246 GT. De motor van dit model wordt ook in de legendarische Lancia Stratos gebruikt. Pas halverwege de jaren zeventig verscheen het bekende Ferrari-logo op de motorkap van opvolger 308 GT4, die tot 1979 in productie bleef.
Tijdens het concours is er een speciale presentatie van de Dino 206/246 GT, de 246 GTS, 208/308 GT4, Fiat Dino Spider en Coupé en de Lancia Stratos. Het internationale concours kent een eigen klasse voor de 206/246 GT en 246 GTS, die wordt beoordeeld door vooraanstaand Dino-kenner Matthias Bartz.
Article by Nick Maltby - carsceneinternational.blogspot.co.uk
As a car enthusiast it was a privilege to be able to attend the 21st Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It was also very rewarding.
If I was asked to nominate just one feature that impressed or excited me most then it would be the stunning array of Pegaso cars. These cars were amongst my favourites when I was a boy in the 1950s. But they are so rare that they had almost slipped from my memory. Those memories came flooding back when I saw the display at the Concours, there were a number of models which I had never seen before. Many congratulations to those who manged to get all those cars together for this occasion. The other thing that struck me was that I had never seen so many McLarens together at the same time.
The programme started on Thursday 10th March with a RM Sotherby's sale review and a Guardians of Porsche Wine Makers dinner. There were more corporate evnts on Friday, with the momentum building for the Concours itself on Sunday 13th March.
I was able to visit on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday local car clubs and owners were able to display their cars on the first hole of the Golf club of Amelia Island.
Here is just a small selection of pictures taken plus the amazing cars we saw entering the auction room on the eve of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. You would have to be a real expert to understand why the cars achieved the prices they did; some seem excessive, others seem to be very good value.
The magnificent Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event is held every last weekend in May in Cernobbio on the beautiful Lago di Como in Italy. Probably the finest setting in the world to view a magnificent collection of historic and modern concept cars.
While the Saturday is reserved as a closed event at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este for participants, the media and invited guests, the Concours of Historic Cars is open to the public on Sunday in the park of the Villa Erba located close to the hotel.
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