Motorsport Network acquire Ercole Colombo’s Ferrari photo archive

Wide-ranging collection of Ferrari’s Formula 1 history going back to the late 1970s joins Motorsport Network’s 23 million images

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Motorsport Network has acquired the archives of renowned Italian photographer Ercole Colombo, which includes the largest private collection of Ferrari images anywhere in the world.

Colombo’s collection adds to Motorsport Network’s existing Motorsport Images digital archive that now holds more than 23 million assets. The Italian’s archive also will provide selected images for the limited edition motorsport art service, Motorsport Gallery, which is scheduled to be launched next week.

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Colombo has been a familiar figure in Formula 1 paddocks since the late 1970s and in this time he has shot an extensive selection of images of Ferrari’s races as well as of the team, its cars and drivers. This year’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza will mark Colombo’s 700th Grand Prix.

He also has an intimate record of Enzo Ferrari with whom Colombo enjoyed a cordial personal relationship that lent him unparalleled behind-the-scenes access. His archive also spans the team’s glory days with Michael Schumacher at the wheel, right through to the current day. His 1979 image of Jody Scheckter en route to victory in Monaco earned him the Dino Ferrari award that year.

Reflecting on his decision to place his archive into the care of Motorsport Network, Colombo said, ‘It is not an easy decision to relinquish your life’s work, but it is clear to me that Motorsport Network has a serious commitment to building a world class stills archive and it is my privilege to join Rainer Schlegelmilch, the LAT archive, Suttons and Piola – Motorsport Images is a truly unrivalled collection and has an extensive network to ensure the images are seen and used in perpetuity.’

This visual record of Ferrari history also marries up with Motorsport Network’s stewardship of the world’s largest online Ferrari community, FerrariChat.

‘We always promise as an organisation to move fast and be distinctive. And this is a big one for us,’ added James Allen, President Motorsport Network. ‘Ercole Colombo’s archive takes us right to the heart of motorsport’s most iconic race team. I remember 30 years ago when I started working in F1, I encountered Ercole; a huge personality, passionate about his subject and a man who was completely in control of both his craft and his environment.’

Images courtesy of Ercole Colombo

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