Yes, the rampant (or rearing, or prancing) horse was Francesco Baracca's
symbol, the WWI air war Italian ace (I remember 36 victories, the bio I point to says 34),
painted on his airplanes. He came from a cavalry unit (as were most of
the fighter pilots of WWI), hence the horse.
Like "The Drake" (Enzo Ferrari nickname) he is a son of Emilia-Romagna
the region which hosts the Ferrari and Maserati plants, land of people
who loves engines/motori (and the stronghold of communism in Italy, virtually
everyone is a commie there, but also where the Accademia Militare has its
quarters in Modena, the Italian version of West Point).
As far as the red colour, well, I thought I knew the answer!
Enzo ferrari started his carreer with the scuderia, as a manager
for the Alfa-Romeo racing team. Whose cars were painted red.
When he started to produce his own cars, he kept the colour.
I don't know where the red colour was taken from by Alfa-Romeo.
I simply assumed that Red had always been Italy's colour ever since racing
was undertaken (Deep-Blue for the French, Dark-Green for the Brit...).
Your sentence about Black being Italy's colour calls for more research.
Ahh history...[ July 30, 2002, 01:08 AM: Message edited by: M@tteo ]