The press conference for the presentation of the Targa Florio Classica 2020 took place today at the headquarters of the Automobile Club Palermo. To tell the story of the event, born from the joint efforts of ACI and AC Palermo, with the support of ACI Sport and ACI Storico, were Angelo Pizzuto, President of the Automobile Club Palermo and Marco Rogano, General Manager of ACI Sport SpA, who wanted to reaffirm the commitment of the organization in carrying on the legend of the Targa Florio, in its version of historical re-enactment, although necessarily having to make some waivers in compliance with current regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition will in fact be closed to the public and will not stage the traditional start with the line-up of the cars in Piazza Verdi, in order to avoid gatherings and situations of health risk. But the Targa Florio is a symbol of Sicily, Angelo Pizzuto wanted to emphasize, and as such it does not stop.
The route was also presented, which consists of 2 official stages plus an optional one that will constitute a stand-alone competitive event. The first day, Friday 16 October, represents the variable part of the itinerary, designed with the aim of showing each year new areas of a magnificent territory, steeped in history and culture, which fits perfectly with the spirit of the revival event. This year we will start on the road of the salt pans, towards Trapani, then the stop in Marsala, at the well-known Cantine Florio where the iconic wine that takes its name from the town is produced, then a passage to Campobello di Mazara, which gave birth to top drivers such as Moceri and Passanante, hence the return path to Palermo.
For the second day the classic route of the Targa Florio will return to the scene through the Madonie, towards Termini Imerese, to then revive the myth of Floriopoli and the Piccolo Circuito delle Madonie, on which, Professor Salvatore Requirez wanted to remember "it was made the history of motorsport! ". The stands of Cerda, Caltavuturo, Polizzi Generosa, Collesano and Campofelice di Roccella will be the historic locations crossed by the caravan of cars.
Finally, it will end on Sunday 18 October, with a last lap outside the ranking, in a competitive event on the Circuito della Favorita, a short but highly prestigious route, which represents a worthy end to an event of great historical and sporting value, valid for the Campionato Italiano Grandi Eventi ACI Sport.
Nino Vaccarella and Giovanni Moceri, champions of yesterday and today, also took part in the conference, confronting each other in different ways and eras along this route. “The Targa Florio is a legend, it is right that it continues to stay alive in all its forms”, said the ”preside volante”, also recalling the times of speed. Moceri, on the other hand, a specialist in classic regularity in search of the fifth Sicilian victory, underlined the difficulty of blocking the stopwatch to the hundredth of a second, in a challenge that is first of all with oneself; he wanted then to compliment the organization of the competitive path, for the commitment and the large number of chronometric and average tests.
The participation of the sponsors, Mafra, ACI Global Servizi and Sara Assicurazioni, was also fundamental for the event; As well as the technical partners Chinotto Neri, Fiuggi and Duca di Salaparuta; of the Museum of Motors of the Museum System of the University of Palermo which, as a technical partner, will be the organizational headquarters on competition days and the essential work of the official timekeeper Tag Heuer.