During the 1924-1925 circa, Alfa Romeo’s Italian racer, Antonio Ascari predicted that the car prices were going to soar and started using his reputation (Antonio Ascari was the fastest man on earth during his time) to win Alfa Romeo dealership rights in the whole of Lombardy – one of the richest and most industrialised regions of Italy. In the same group was a young Italian who was 10 years Ascari’s junior and having started his own racing career alongside Ascari in 1919, he held the Italian racer in great admiration. Ascari then told Ferrari to do the same in the region of Emilia-Romagna; a valuable advise that was followed through by Ferrari to much of his success. Antonio Asacri however was killed while leading the French GP but Ferrari continued to move on with great strength. He later recruited Alberto Ascari, Antonio’s son to be the first among two drivers to drive for Ferrari in the 1950 when Formula One was first contested under the FIA. Ferrari was also the man to enhance Gilles Villeneuve career stating that he saw the spirit of Nuvolari in the young Canadian calling him a bundle of nerves when they first met (picture above).
Enzo Ferrari died in 1988, which meant that he would never again see his name dominating the Formula One charts. It was also the time when McLaren-Honda’s reign was at the peak of its power. McLaren won all of the 1988 races except for one and in that particular race, for the very first time the world saw a McLaren being taken over by something other than another McLaren. It was at the Italian GP that Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto of Ferrari took the 1-2 victory just a few weeks after Ferrari’s death. That was the day Formula One preserved the little innocence it had left just to honour the Italian aristocrat without a single greed or the usual fight to win. McLaren’s Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna gave away a spot (perhaps) just so Ferrari’s drivers could take the podium for the very first time in the 1988 season just so they could honour the principal and the founder of Ferrari and a man who himself was once a Grand Prix racer.
According to Alberto Giacometti, born this day in 1901, The Palace at 4 a.m.relates to “a period of six months passed in the presence of a woman who, concentrating all life in herself, transported my every moment into a state of enchantment. We constructed a fantastical palace in the night—a very fragile palace of matches. At the least false movement a whole section would collapse. We always began it again.” See it now on our 5th floor.
Happy Birthday Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III // March 2, 1917
“Remember, good things do not come easy, and you will have your share of woe - the road is lined with pitfalls. But you will make it, if when you fail you try and try again. Persevere. Keep swinging. And don’t forget that the Man upstairs is always there, and all of us need His help. And no matter how unworthy you think yourself of it, don’t be afraid to ask Him for it.”
-Part of a letter that Desi received on his 16th birthday from his father, and passed to Desi Jr. on his 16th birthday