The Club was delighted to welcome members and guests to the Ferrari In Art event where, for one night only, the Mountbatten Room was turned into a temporary art gallery. Displaying 25 pieces of eclectic Ferrari artwork, the creation was a collaboration between Mark Dickens and well-known Formula 1 photographer Keith Sutton. The pieces charted the iconic Italian brand’s journey through the decades, since its formation 72 years ago. Each piece was a layered creation incorporating print, paint, resin, photographs, fabric, transfers and hand-written text with guests encouraged to touch the textured artwork.
Key to the artwork were the hand-written messages which were contributed by people with special ties to the Ferrari brand. These ranged from previous chefs to the Ferrari team to the son of Enzo, Piero Ferrari, to ex-CEO of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone and ex-Ferrari Team Principal, Ross Brawn OBE.
For Ferrari fans the evening was a brilliant opportunity to become closer to the brand and rub shoulders with famous faces connected to the luxury manufacturer. Among the stars present was Enzo Ferrari’s PA of twenty years; Brenda Vernor who said her time at Ferrari was ‘the best years of my life. I was the only woman, an English woman working with 199 men from drivers to mechanics. You couldn’t do that now’.
The current Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn OBE was also in attendance. Speaking of the passion Ferrari stirred in people, Brawn said ‘I love the history of Ferrari, it wasn’t manufactured, it was organic, Enzo Ferrari didn’t sit down and say we are going to create this empire, and this is how we are going to do it, everything just evolved to be the world-famous car racing team and car manufacturer that it is today. To be a small part of that is very special. I’ve been lucky enough to stand on the podium at Monza when Ferrari have won and there’s no better sensation than that. Seeing the huge crowds and the emotion and passion of the fans’.
During the evening Alan Hyde hosted a short on-stage interview with Mark and Keith who spoke about where their idea has come from and shared interesting stories behind the hand-written quotes.
To view images from the night click here.