Palermo – The 100th edition of the Targa Florio was presented today, Tuesday 3 May 2016, in the
charming setting of Palazzo Comitini in Palermo and was attended by Manlio Munafò
(Extraordinary Commissioner of the City of Palermo), Leoluca Orlando (Mayor of Palermo),
Fabrizio Micari (Principal of the University of Palermo), Marco Rogano
(General Director of ACI Sport Service), Angelo Pizzuto (Chairman of AC Palermo),
and Giancarlo Minardi (Targa Florio Historic Speed Coordinator).
“A Cursa”, which will be held from 5 to 8 May 2016, will be split into four events to
celebrate the 100th edition of the oldest car race in the world.
“The 100th Targa Florio is an event of global calibre – stated the Chairman of the Automobile
Club of Palermo Angelo Pizzuto – not only because the oldest car race in the world marks the evolution of car racing, but because it celebrates the ‘Targa Florio’ phenomenon which characterised an era from a cultural, social and historical viewpoint, in addition to the sporting aspect. Targa Florio originated from an idea of the magnate Vincenzo Florio who decided to follow his passion in 1906, organising the first edition of what was to become the social phenomenon of the century, influencing the lifestyle of a developing Sicilian society in search of liberation.
The Automobile Club of Palermo, ACI Italia and all our partners are ready to celebrate the 100th edition of the oldest car race in the world, welcoming guests and competitors who will total almost a thousand, but above all fans and visitors from the world over. We will show them all the beauty that Sicily and the Madonie mountains have to offer in terms of sport, nature, culture and food and wine ”.
The Mayor, Mr. Orlando and Mr. Munafò did the honours during the conference and wanted to reaffirm the lasting bond that has always held Palermo and Targa Florio together.
The Principal of the University of Palermo Fabrizio Micari proudly greeted the key role which the University of Palermo will have in the forthcoming Targa Florio.
Indeed, the Press Room of the Targa Florio Classic and Historic Speed and the Race Management will be set up in Palermo University's Faculty of Engineering.
While Viale delle Scienze will be the start for the first leg of the Classic race, scheduled for Friday 6 May.
Let us have a look in detail at the four events comprising the forthcoming Targa Florio.
Targa Florio Rally, this is the third date of the Italian Rally Championship, with validity for the Regional Championship, but also the third seasonal round of the Italian Vintage Car Rally Championship which will allow for a return to Sicily's streets of the cars that made the Targa Florio great during the 1970s and 1980s – rally's golden years.
Targa Florio Historic Rally. The “Targa 100” special event for both rallies from Floriopoli to Cerda, will allow the cars in the race to drive past the temple of car racing, in other words the Floriopoli stands, the heart of the four events comprising the 100th Targa Florio. Palermo, Campofelice di Roccella, Cefalù, Cerda, Collesano and Gratteri are the towns where the Targa Florio was born and grew up, and where it continues to live, looking towards the future.
Targa Florio Classic, the exclusive regularity race for cars of special historical and sporting value, represents the reference event for vintage car lovers. The Classic will offer the opportunity to admire the most beautiful vintage cars of leading brands, built between 1906 and 1970, that will perform along the roads of the Madonie mountains and all of Sicily.
Historic speed, the great innovation of this edition will be the dynamic show which will see some of the drivers that have written the history of the Targa Florio car race on display from Floriopoli to Cerda: from Ickx and Merzario, to Van Lennep and Vaccarella, along with De Adamich, Facetti, Munari, Helmut Marko, Nanni Galli and many others, without forgetting the prestigious cars taking part, from the Alfa Romeo T33 to the Porsche Carrera Slrs of the Historic Museum through to Ferraris.
“Historic Speed - said its coordinator, Giancarlo Minardi - is a leap into the past to celebrate an event which has represented and continues to represent a great brand over 110 years of history. A great brand which has to look to the future, in order to make “a Cursa” a point of reference for the sport and tourism of this wonderful island called Sicily”.
"Vincenzo Florio - concluded Minardi - had a modern vision 110 years ago which allowed him to grasp the major potential of this race which has been developed over the years. Proof of this lies in the great enthusiasm of the drivers I contacted to take part in this event."
Important guests taking part in the 100th Targa Florio include the Chairman of FIA, Jean Todt, who will line up at the start of the Historic Speed alongside the ACI Chairman, Angelo Sticchi Damiani in the parade from Floriopoli to Cerda.
While John Elkann, Chairman of FCA Italy and Muthar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola will line up at the start of the Targa Florio Classic.
To celebrate the 100th edition of the Targa Florio, there will also be a one-off meeting in Palermo with the drivers and leading names that have written memorable pages in the history of the oldest car race in the world.
Passion Day with its audience of fans, will be held on Saturday 7 May, from 4:00 pm on at Teatro Al Massimo in Palermo.
Mauro Coppini, the director of Formula Passion.it, together with Ezio Zermiani will interview leading names in the world of car racing that have taken part over the years in the Targa Florio.
Ninni Vaccarella nicknamed the “the flying head”, a legendary figure linked to the
Madonie race, Mauro Forghieri, Jacky Ickx, Helmut Marko, Hans Hermann, Vic Elford, Andrea de Adamich, Arturo Merzario, Sandro Munari, Nanni Galli and Carlo Facetti are just some of the guests taking part in the event in Palermo which forms part of the official programme of celebrations for the 100th edition of the Targa Florio, organised by ACI Sport.
The 100th edition of the Targa Florio will enjoy the involvement of leading brands that will link their name with “a cursa”.
Alfa Romeo and Abarth, that have enjoyed major sporting victories in this event, will be the Main Sponsors.
Eberhard & Co., the Swiss watch manufacturer, will be a Sponsor in the capacity of Official Timekeeper and will present a special model, Champion V Targa Florio, dedicated to the 100th edition and to the competitors having the chance to enjoy this amazing experience.
Another Official Sponsor of Targa Florio will be Ma.Fra, a leading company in the car cosmetics segment, that will offer a special treatment between one leg and another, for the bodywork and interior of vintage cars taking part, in the setting of Sicily's Madonie mountain roads.
Poste Italiane will also be an Official Sponsor of the event, adding to the list of prestigious brands lined up for the Targa Florio.
On this occasion, Targa Florio will offer its support to ANT which has been involved in providing homecare for tumour patients for many years.
For all event information, please consult www.targa-florio.it