On this day in auto history – June 30th

Wed 30th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1956 that Alfredino Ferrari - the only legitimate son of legendary racing driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari - passed away at the age of just 24 from a form of muscular dystrophy.

It was Alfredino’s birth in 1932 which prompted his father to abruptly end his successful career as a racing driver and to focus on building and developing cars of his own, initially with Alfa Romeo.

Under the stewardship of his father, Alfredino - known as ‘Dino’ - showed huge promise as an automotive engineer himself and was widely-credited as the creative force behind the famous 750 Monza which enjoyed great track success in the 1954 season.

When Alfredino passed away, a distraught Enzo Ferrari vowed to honour his beloved son’s memory by naming a brand new marque after him. Thus, Ferrari's famous “Dino” brand was formed and remained in production until 1986.

Years later, it emerged that Enzo had fathered another son out of marriage - Piero Ferrari - who went on to inherit his father’s fortune and eventually become Vice Chairman of Ferrari - a position he still holds today.