The Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena provided the backdrop for a very special evening yesterday that saw Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne meet with His Royal Highness Prince Edward KG GCVO and other representatives of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a charity that is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.
The event was also attended by John Surtees CBE, World Champion with Ferrari in 1964, representing the Henry Surtees Foundation, which assists people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living.
To highlight Ferrari’s strong commitment to social issues, Mr Marchionne presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with a section of the rear wing of the 2013 F138, the last naturally-aspirated single-seater built by the Prancing Horse. The component was also autographed for the occasion by the Scuderia’s two drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.
Co-hosting the visit were Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli representing the city of Modena and, of course, Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari representing the Prancing Horse.
In the course of the day, Prince Edward had also toured the factory and was clearly delighted both by the cars in the Classiche department and those in the current range. He also tried out several Ferraris on both track and road.