Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 FERRARI TARGA FLORIO: TRIBUTE SICILY!

Ferrari owners are invited to relive the golden days of on-road competition in the Sicilian mountains.

This October, the mountains of Sicily will reverberate with the roar of vintage and modern Ferraris, as owners from around the world combine their passions for great driving and international adventure in the Ferrari Tribute Targa Florio. Following the success of the inaugural rally in 2011, the event celebrates the famous Sicilian mountain road race that ran in most years from 1906 through 1977. This year’s Tribute runs October 11-14, and all Ferrari road cars built since 1948, including the current 458, FF and California, are eligible to participate.
Run as a timed rally, the three-day Ferrari Tribute Targa Florio combines competitiveness and fun. Organizers designed the road rally to also provide drivers and their passengers with a breathtakingly scenic tour of Sicily and opportunities to enjoy its fabulous cuisine in luxury hotels.
The rally retraces the historic and mountainous “Piccolo Circuito delle Madonie” route used in the years after 1930, usually with 11 laps. Drivers start on Thursday, October 11 in Cerda, with the twisty, scenic route bringing them back to nearby Collesano on the following Saturday. Farewell lunch and awards ceremony are on Sunday, October 14.
Inaugurated in 1906 by racecar driver and businessman Vincenzo Florio, the Targa Florio was a grueling race and, by the 1920s, had become Europe’s most important automobile competition. The winner of the first race took nine hours to run the original three-lap, 277-mile course, averaging just 30 mph. Enzo Ferrari took second place in the 11th running in 1920 driving an Alfa Romeo.
The first win for Ferrari came in 1948, with Clemente Biondetti driving a 166 Alemanno, repeating the feat the following year. From 1955 to 1973, the Targa Florio gained even greater renown as part of the World Sportscar Championship. The final of seven Ferrari Targa Florio victories came in 1972 with a 312 P.

Ferrari photos from 2011 Tribute Targa Florio.

For complete information and a schedule, please visit, http://www.ferraritribute-targaflorio.com/en/

For questions, please call the Ferrari Concierge by phone at (551) 866-2828 or by email at support@ferrarisupport.com

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