Join Date: Jan 2009
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,008
Cliff Note version: Started with Enzo Ferrari when he was racing for Alfa... Italy's flying Ace had prancing horse on side of aircraft. His family asked Enzo to use shield on his car for luck. Enzo used it, but tweaked it (colors of Italy, yellow for Modena). All racing Ferraris had shield for luck. Production cars were not sold with shield, but service department carried shield for customers to emulate Enzo's racing cars. At first, shields were stickers, then resin (plastic), and now they are on the Ferraris as metal (cloissanaise) shields. Each F-car having shields should use period-correct material.
So, sorry for the quick paraphrased synopsis, but that's the story (basically).
Some like the shields, and some don't. Personally, I like them because they are Ferrari racing heritage (IMHO).