The famous historic re-enactment, based in Palermo, will take place from 4th to 7th October
Targa Florio Classic, a very important step for the history of motor sports patronized by ACI Storico*, recalls one of the most legendary races in the world, at its 2018 edition: a mix of tradition, culture and strong emotions which stands out for the extraordinary quality of the places reached and the locations proposed.
It is still possible to register to Targa Florio Classic, the last trial of the Campionato Italiano Grandi Eventi, with 150 crews already registerd including the participants to Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio, one of Ferrari’s official events, which involves the owners of Ferrari of any time in the demanding Sicilian race. Beyond Italian teams, many crews will represent the 5 continents, such as Spanish and British, followed by Swiss, German and Dutch teams; North and South America are represented as well, thanks to crews from United States and Argentina; Japan and Hong Kong represent Asia, while South Africa and Australia complete the picture of an event which was, and still is, famous all over the world.
Among the most significant cars registered to Targa Florio Classic there is a 1927 Lancia Lambda, the oldest car registered to the event, the seventh of nine high-quality series of the a model which has been considered one of Vincenzo Lancia’s masterpieces; one of the most iconic Alfa Romeo models in the 30’s, Alfa Romeo Gran Sport 6C; 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Gran Sport “Testa Fissa”, which won the elegance contest Poltu Quatu Classic in Costa Smeralda; 1949 Ferrari 166 MM, named after Mille Miglia, as a consequence to the victory by the couple Clemente Biondetti/Giuseppe Navone.
In the year of the 30th anniversary of Piero Taruffi’s death, the driver who won the 1954 edition of Targa Florio on a Lancia 3300, his daughter Prisca, journalist and driver, will take part in Targa Florio Classic 2018, with Mariella Tomasello as her co-driver, on a 1961 Giulietta Spider.
The city of Palermo, Italian Capital of Culture in 2018, will be the core of the course, which will reach the most evocative locations in Sicily, the distinctive characteristic of the “Cursa”, which this year has its headquarters at the Museo Storico dei Motori e dei Meccanismi, active partner of Targa Florio events.
The program envisages a press conference on Wednesday 3rd October at 11:30am at Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri, the headquarters of the University of Palermo, located in Piazza Marina.
On Thursday 4th October the starting ceremony will begin at 6:30pm in Piazza Verdi, where the Targa Florio Village will be set: a real exhibition area which will be the contour of the magic and emotions of Targa Florio.
On Friday 5th October the group will move from Palermo to the coastline in the Province of Trapani, traveling backwards in the same course traveled by Giuseppe Garibaldi until Marsala, where a stop at the Cantine Florio is in schedule. The return trip to Palermo, will allow the participants to cross the famous saltworks, which reach their highest point in October.
On Saturday 6th October Targa Florio will travel across the mythical streets of the Parco delle Madonie and their namesake track which made the race even more famous. The course includes a stop in Floriopoli, where the historical bleachers and pits are located, the town of Cerda, the fortress of Caltavuturo, Petralia, Castelbuono (where a stop at the cloister of S. Francesco is in schedule). The return journey reaches other unforgettable locations, such as Cefalù, the Pearl of the Mediterranean, with its Cathedral, UNESCO heritage. A stop in Termini Imerese precedes the return to Palermo.
On Sunday 7th October the race will take place in the surroundings of Palermo: after the time trail at the University of Palermo, the average speed trial in Monreale and the re-enactment of the Favorita circuit (which hosted Targa Florio from 1937 to 1940) will take place. The return to the city centre is expected at 3:30pm, when the awarding ceremony will take place near the “Teatro Al Massimo.”