The 2013 running of the Targa Florio Classic will be staged 9th to the 13th of October on Circuito delle Madonie and the roads of Sicily, Italy. The MAC Group announced a multi-year agreement with the Palermo Automobile Club (AC Palermo) to organise the Targa Florio Classic and the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio.
The regularity race is open to vehicles built from 1907 to 1977, with special consideration will be given to the models that were entered in the world’s oldest race in period. The Ferrari Tribute, the event that pays homage to the historic race on behalf of the Maranello factory, will also be taking place: an authentic regularity challenge which will precede the Targa, welcoming Ferraris manufactured from 1948 to the present day.
The Targa Florio Classic regularity rally will be the headline event for the international relaunch project of this brand. A programme has been developed to bring Targa Florio back to its important role. From its beginnings in the early 1900’s the Targa Florio symbolised automobile history but not only that: its purely sporting function aside, the race became a huge fair for art, culture and progress. During the days in which the event took place, not only the attention of the whole of Italy, but also that of appassionati from all over Europe, the US and as far away as Japan, was catalysed onto Sicily. Fans came from far and wide to experience this unmissable annual rendezvous.
For the re-launch project the ‘I love Targa Florio’ Honorary Committee has been created, with the ambitious aim of promoting the culture of Sicily and of its territory around the world. Social and charity projects will be used to spread and promote the historical patrimony of the legendary race and more importantly, to turn once more Targa Florio into a great international fete. Historic racing drivers Vaccarella, Merzario and Galli are already part of the Committee, as well as Andrea De Adamich, Vic Elford and Prisca Taruffi, daughter of 1954 Targa Florio winner Piero Taruffi.
The Targa Florio Classic will showcase the Circuito delle Madonie, the soul of the Targa Florio, where the bends in the roads have set the stage for the speed race from the first year the race was held. The programme will include a whole day on the Madonie (Saturday 12th of October) – with classic cars that will return to race on the roads of the Piccolo, the Medio and the Grande circuits.
The touristic and cultural aspect of the event will not be lost: the first days of the race will be a prologue to the event, with regularity trials taking place along the beautiful roads of Sicily. Striking landscapes will not be missing along the route: from Cefalù to the Parco delle Nebrodi, the Monte Etna and the baroque city of Catania. Also the Valle dei Templi and the city of Agrigento will be part of the racing route. Starting from Palermo (Thursday 10th of October) cars will be back there on the evening of Friday 11th: participants will be the stars of the arrival parade through the heart of Palermo with plenty of enthusiasts admiring the cars.
The 2013 Targa Florio Classic is part of Porsche’s official calendar of international events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911. The history of the 911 crossed many times the Targa Florio path: honouring the famous race on the Circuito delle Madonie, in 1967 the Stuttgart automotive brand made the 911 Targa, a stainless steel-clad roll bar coupe. Only six years later, exactly 40 years ago, Porsche won the first place in Sicily with a (1973) 911 Carrera RSR of course: leading the car to the gold medal was Gijs Van Lennep with Herbert Muller. Gijs Van Lennep will be back on the Circuito delle Madonie forty years after his triumph: together with him will be another historical racing driver for the Porsche team, Gérard Larrousse.
Porsche will also show several official cars from the Stuttgart Museum: among these, a (1967) 911 2.0 Targa, a (1973) 911 Carrera 2.7 RS and the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 that finished third in the ’73 race with Leo Kinnunen and Claude Haldi. Porsche Italia will be part of the team as well, with its own (1973) 911 Carrera RS: Managing Director Pietro Innocenti will be driving the regularity rally.
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[Source: Targa Florio Classic]