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August 14: Enzo Ferrari died at the age of 90 on this date in 1988

Justin Hyde
Motoramic

"I am an agitator of men." Even late in life, when Ferrari was on the verge of becoming dominant in Formula 1 racing and building the first car named for him, Enzo Ferrari would declaim that he'd ever possessed any genius as a driver — as shown above for Alfa Romeo in the 1920s — or as a mechanical engineer. His gift, he argued, was in getting the people around him to offer their best, even if it took making them angry to do so. Below, in a snippet of one of the rare interviews Enzo Ferrari granted, he explains the unlikely source of his inspiration for Ferrari's traditional 12-cylinder engines:

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