The Enzo Ferrari Museum is celebrating the anniversary of the great man’s birth with a photo exhibition.

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, the son of Alfredo and Adalgisa, was born 120 years ago in Modena on February 18, 1898.

As a child, he showed an unbridled passion for cars and as an adult he went on to become not only a great car manufacturer but one of the world’s greatest representatives of the Italian spirit.

He was also one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.

To celebrate his 120th birth anniversary, a photographic exhibition has been organised at Enzo’s birthplace, in the complex that now houses the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena.

It includes images depicting him at various stages of his life: from childhood to adulthood, from his career as a driver to that of a manager and manufacturer alongside unforgettable motor racing champions such as Nuvolari, Castellotti and Villeneuve.

“It seems incredible to think that Enzo Ferrari was born in the 19th century,” Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

“His lesson is more relevant than ever and his modernity unquestionable. He was a man with extraordinary vision and ability to manage people and resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional courage.

“One wonders what he could have achieved if he had had access to today’s technical resources and knowledge. The mark that he left on the world remains a source of pride for all of us at Ferrari and for the whole of Italy.”

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.