Targa Florio Classica kicked off in the evening of Thursday, October 15 in front of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo. An enthusiastic audience crowded Giuseppe Verdi Square while the about 80 cars involved in the historic regularity competition organized by AC Palermo in collaboration with Automobile Club d’Italia and ACI Storico took the start of the race. Involved in the starting ceremony was Nino Vaccarella. The most famous Sicilian driver and three-time Targa Florio winner, is the special guest of the event.
Volvo brand is officially present in the Targa Florio Classica with its own team and three cars in the race. Alfa Romeo, Bristol, Bugatti, Fiat, Ferrari, Lancia, Jaguar, MG and Porsche are the more represented makes in the Targa Florio Classica and Ferrari Tribute thanks to many historic models and crews from all over the world. Also in the race are four cars built in the Fifties and now prepared by GPS Classic; one Ferrari, two Lancia and, just restored, the Fiat 8V in the hands of Martin Gruss, weel-known US collector, and Michel Brogard that finished 13th overall in the 1955 Targa Florio with Giuseppe de Sarzana and Clemente Ravetto.
Ending on Sunday afternoon in Castelbuono, on the heart of the Madonie Mountains, which are the historic scenario of Targa Florio, tomorrow (Friday) the event will be opened at 10h00 by an ability test with cars competing within the University campus near the Museo dei Motori e dei Meccanismi, Polytechnic School, University of Palermo, department which is co-operating with the organization and today already hosted the scrutineering operations. Friday will continue covering the Via del Sale (“Salt Road”), in the Province of Trapani, heading to the Saline of Marsala, with windmills and the Egadi Islands as background. The exclusive “parade” will reach Mazara del Vallo, where competitors will visit the ancient Selinunte, Europe’s largest archaeological park. This first leg is both full of competition, thanks to several ability tests, and exclusive visits and it was optimized in collaboration with AC Trapani.
Source. Erregi Media/Automobile Club Palermo