As Autocar's Andrew Frankel noted earlier this year when he undertook a drive in both a Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 166, "it is perhaps worth remembering that Ferrari the person, Ferrari the team, even Ferrari the car constructor are somewhat older even than Ferrari the sports and supercar brand we all grew up with".
His point, of course, was that it is only one part of the Ferrari legend that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year.
Nonetheless, it would be churlish to overlook an anniversary celebration of one of - if not the - most famous of marques when the opportunity comes up, and that is exactly what the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have done, assembling around 35 competition cars made in Maranello, including grand prix and sports car racers, in addition to a number of road-going Ferraris. As a result, visitors to the Festival get to hear a variety of glorious Italian engine notes from four-, six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines.
Elsewhere at the Festival, Goodwood has dedicated a category of its Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance to the Ferrari 250. Under the title Maranello's Masterpiece, highlights include a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale Pininfarina, 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Shark Nose and 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO.