Born in Castelvetro di Modena on 22 May 1945, Piero Ferrari is the son of Enzo Ferrari and Lina Lardi. Ferrari was passionate about mechanics from an early age – but he was initially more interested in two wheels rather than four, spending much of his time in the bicycle repair workshop near the family home. After earning a degree in engineering, Ferrari joined the family company in 1965. Four years later, on 13 September 1969, he joined the Board of Directors. Between 1980 and 1998 he was the executive director of the racing department, after which he was made vice-president. Ferrari owns 10% of the company. In addition to his work at Ferrari, in 1998 he founded High Performance Engineering, which designs and manufactures parts for high-performance engines. Ferrari was the president of Piaggio Aero Industries until 2014 and served as the president of the Italian Motor Racing Commission (CSAI) between 1998 and 2001.