Myth of Targa Florio live!
- Myth of Targa Florio live!
Northwest Sicily in golden autumn
There’s magic before and after the race – experience a unique journey to the Targa Florio 2021 with Nostalgic. Isolated mountain roads in the Madonie National Park set the scene of heated duels between great race drivers and legendary racing successes of the Targa Florio since the 1970s. The new edition of the Targa Florio Classica is quieter, but no less impressive and full of emotion!
The Targa Florio 2020
It is well-known among Italians, those on the peninsula live with the highest self-confidence – in Sicily. The proud Sicilians have had plenty of reasons to feel great about their home since last weekend! Amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases and a government that is hurrying to curtail public life for the benefit of the general public, the revival of the “Targa Florio” was quite a show! After all one of the oldest car races in the world refused to be stopped this year and still took place successfully (and safely) in Sicily. The field of participants was smaller, with just under four dozen classics, less than in other years, but it didn’t detract from the enthusiasm!
The “Targa Florio” reminds the islanders of the glorious past of the real estate magnates Florio from the end of the 19th century. The route starts and finishes in the capital Palermo, it alternates roads past the sea and through mountains: Monte Erice to Mozia, with an obligatory stop in the Marsala cellars of the port city of the same name. Finally the “grande circuito” of the Madonie Mountains, an unexpectedly rough and sparsely populated mountain area two hours’ drive east of the capital, in which the industrialist Florio pushed ahead with the expansion of the serpentine mountain roads in 1906.
Team Moceri-Dicembre won the 2020 victory in a 1938 Fiat 508C! They followed by two other teams in identical models. The Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, which often competed in the historical editions of the “Targa Florio”, were less represented this year – the Swiss-Belgian team Dubois finished 14th in an Alfa Romeo 1900. The highlights of this classic rally, like the Technical vehicle acceptance in the “Museo della Meccanica e dei Motori”, were the spectacular stretches of coast between Marsala, Trapani and Mazara del Vallo, as well as the breathtakingly beautiful and lonely serpentines between Collesano and Polizzi Generosa. The latter will also be part of the upcoming races in the following years. Don’t miss the opportunity to be there next year when the “Targa Florio” fires the starting gun! With Nostalgic, you will experience driving pleasure at its finest, at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, that also competed in the original races in the 1950s – you are sure to receive applause from the proud Sicilians on the roadside.
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The glorious history of the Targa Florio
In 1906, the wealthy Sicilian millionaire’s son, patron and entrepreneur, Vincenzo Florio fulfilled a lifelong dream: his own car race in his home country. On unpaved gravel roads, the 70 km long route led from sea level to 1200 meter high passes, and the automobile had only just been invented.
Long before the Mille Miglia or the 24-hour race in Le Mans, the “Targa Florio”, as the race was called after its founder, was the rendezvous of the small elite who believed in the automobile. After the end of the historic race, in 1977 after a serious accident, a revival is now being offered.
The modern “Targa Florio Classica”
The new edition of the Targa Florio is called “Targa Florio Classica” and thus differs from the Targa Florio Rally for modern rally vehicles. Victory will be fought in three vehicle categories in October: vintage cars built between 1900 and 1977 compete for the “Targa Florio Classica”, those made between 1978 and 1990 race for the “Targa Florio Legend”, and Ferrari GTs of all years compete for the “Tribute to Targa Florio”. The grand opening ceremony takes place in the evening in the old town of Palermo around the venerable Teatro Massimo. The races start every morning in Palermo and end again in Palermo in the evening. The routes change every year, but the mountain routes of the Madonie are still a-must today. At Cerda, the route leads past the grandstands of the former starting area of the Targa Florio, in order to pay homage to where the race has come!
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With Nostalgic you will experience an exciting journey in the northwest of Sicily on the trail of the myth of Targa Florio. Of course, there will be time for petrol discussions in Piazza Verdi, where the grand opening ceremony traditionally takes place in front of the Teatro Massimo. At the wheel of the Nostalgic Alfa Romeo oldtimers, the roadbook takes you along beautiful coastal roads and into small Sicilian towns where time seems to have stood still. On the third day we leave Palermo and go through blooming lemon groves to where the Targa Florio began in 1906, on the “Gran Circuito delle Madonie“, then we reach the glamorous seaside resort of Cefalú where the journey ends.
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey in one of the most exciting corners of Italy, which you can experience from one of the most unusual perspectives: at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. The Targa Florio tracks are made for the sporty, agile Alfa Spider and are even more fun if you can share them with the Targa Florio and Ferrari Challenge participants.
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