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2013 Targa Florio Classic retraces the legend
Old glories back on the roads that created a myth
Ancient tradition, a legendary path, famous protagonists and new aficionados: these are the simple but fundamental ingredients for the historical re-enactment of the Targa Florio, the oldest motor race in the world.
The Targa Florio Classic regularity rally, to be staged from the 9th to the 13th of October 2013 on the renown Circuito delle Madonie, will be the clou event for the international relaunch project of this glorious brand. An intense programme has been developed to bring Targa Florio back to its important role. From its beginnings in the early 1900's the Targa Florio has 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. The project is by the Automobile Club of Palermo, owner of the brand, availing of the organization by the MAC Group.
2013 Targa Florio Classic is part of Porsche AG's calendar of international events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911.
The history of the 911 crossed many times the velocity 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 coupé.
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 reached third place 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.
For the important 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 realised 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. Along with them also will be Institutions, important entrepreneurs and show business personalities.
This project not only gathers native Sicilian people: it also involves who chose Sicily for its uniqueness and for the beauty of its territory or even for the business opportunities it offers.
Supporting the Committee will contribute to give back to Targa Florio – and to everything it entails, from its natural resources to the Sicilian culture – the value, interest and popularity proper of this ancient tradition.
Targa Florio Classic propose to 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 beautiful 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 Targa Florio Classic, on the CSAI calendar with the Great Events, will take place from the 9th to the 13th of October 2013: entry is open to vehicles built from 1907 to 1977, with special consideration given to the models that were entered in the world's oldest race in period.
Entries will be available until the 31st of May 2013 online on the website
The Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio, 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 'Prancing Horse' brand comes third in the number of medals won, with 7 first places in total: the highest step on the podium belongs to Porsche, with 11 overall wins, and hot on its heels is Alfa Romeo, winner of 10 Targa Florio endurance races.

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