Some of the oldest and most recognisable brands in the Automotive industry use badges that are trenched in mythology and sometimes obscurity. Here are 15 manufacturer badges and their histories:
A superb prop and a beast of a man that is acting as an ambassador for a children's foundation, while he does some punditry work too. Image Source: Twitter
Third: 2009, French Open
For all of the master's brilliance, the French Open is the one which was missing from his CV. Winning this tournament, and as a result all of the majors put him in the history books, and level pegging with Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slams. Image Source: USAtftw
1) Mako Vunipola
The current best loosehead in the game; has it all in his - rather big - locker. Image Source: Twitter
Sixth: 2005, US Open
Winning back-to-back US Opens was one thing, but completing the second one against the great Andre Agassi in his own back-yard was special. Image Source: Twitter
Second: 2007, Wimbledon
Possibly one of the greatest matches of all-time. Federer and Nadal both at their peaks; RF victorious after a gruelling five sets, equalling Björn Borg's record of five consecutive titles at Wimbledon. Image Source: SportsThenAndNow
The best looking man in the England team by a mile. Currently Gloucester's scrum coach. Image Source: Twitter
Fifht: 2003, Wimbledon
The Swiss man's first Grand Slam. He did it by dropping just one set all tournament. Phenomenal. Image Source: Twitter
Vickery has been quiet since retiring, but who cares what he is doing when he won the 2011 Celebrity MasterChef! Image Source: Twitter
Fourth: 2009, Wimbledon
What. A. Final. Andy Roddick must have an uncomprising amount of respect for Roger/despise the great man at the same time. 2009 saw the American lose for a third time in a Wimbledon final, and this one went the whole way, and set a record of games played in a Grand Slam final of 77. Image Source: Twitter
One of England's greatest ever players and fancied by many to have some role with former side Leicester in the near future. Image Source: Twitter
Kay currently does his best to help BT shake their tag of having awful commentators. It isn't working. Image Source: Twitter
After looking into the origins of these easily recognisable car manufacturers, one stuck out like a sore thumb as utterly peculiar. The Alfa Romeo badge is probably the strangest. The crest of a man being consumed by a snake is actually what’s known as a “Biscione,” an emblem of the House of Visconti, who controlled the city of Milan from the 13th to the 15th century.
Legend states that in Lake Gerundo, very near Milan, an enormous snake lived and terrorised the inhabitants of the city by attacking and eating the children and polluting the water with its venom. In a heroic effort, Ottone Visconti, the founder of the family, slayed the snake and adorned his coat of arms with its likeness as a symbol of triumph.
Why Alfa Romeo decided to attribute half of their logo to this weird legend remains mysterious. It isn’t like the crest itself depicts a triumphant moment of slaying a snake, but focuses on the darker element of the legend. Maybe it’s to warn us to tame the beastly nature of their more powerful models?