Can any body tell me what the letters (S,F) stand for in the Ferrari Shield? I have an idea, but i just want to be sure. I already know the story behind the prancing horse, I just would like to find out what the letters mean. Thanks.
Before motor racing, horse racing was the sport - the sport of kings!! "Owners" have stable of horses. So when motor racing started, team owners carry the usage of the word to denote their teams. Teams would mean a cricket team or rugby team, where a group of people get together to play a sport and everyone is a 'member' of the team. Whereas in motor racing, only the driver and his car is involved, the other people are just mechanics- paid employees. They were not considered part of the team. So if the rich owner has more than one car then, he has a stable of race cars.
The Italian/English dictionary listed below defines Scuderia as Stable or Team.
I have always understood the meaning as Team. I have sometimes seen reference to "Stabilimento Scuderia Ferrari" which I have always understood to refer to Ferrari Factory Team. Stabilimento = Factory.
"Scuderia Ferrari" has always been somewhat confusing to most of us as independent cars might carry the SF shield during some races?
The root word may well be Scudo = shield: which would have identified one "house" durning past times.
I have always understood that "Scuderia Ferrari" is best translated as "Team Ferrari". I have a good friend that lived in Italy for a few years (and happens to be a Ferrari enthusiast). He verified the Team Ferrari translation.
I, too, have always understood scuderia to mean team: however, we may be over-ruled by the weight of the evidence.
I posted several sites above, one of which is a definition of Scuderia Ferrari which indicates that the proper definition as Ferrari Stable.
The above posts with sites was done to show that the the entire shield may be read.
The Prancing Horse is the recognized symbol of Ferrari, the background color is the color of the city of Modena, the tri-colors are the colors of Italy and the SF identifies the car bearing the shield as of the Ferrari Stable.
If you had a postal code, you could almost send a letter with the shield as your address. Ferrari, Modena, Italy attention Scuderia Ferrari.
The official Ferrari site makes a difference between the Scuderia Ferrari shield and the Ferrari badge.
In one portion of their site you will be directed to Scuderia Ferrari (racing information) if you click on the shield, and to production cars if you click on the badge.
The following site also has some interesting information about the definition of Scuderia along with the shield and other stuff.
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