Italy’s classic Targa Florio heads to Australia in a world-first

Daniel Ricciardo performs at Targa Florio in Palermo, Italy on December 1, 2014. Photo: Jim Krantz/Red Bulletin

Daniel Ricciardo performs at Targa Florio in Palermo, Italy on December 1, 2014. Photo: Jim Krantz/Red Bulletin

Victoria has secured exclusive rights to host the world’s most prestigious road race, the Targa Florio.

The rally will be swapping out scenic Italian views for our own sweeping Victorian vistas from November 30th, when the race is held outside Sicily for the first time in 101 years.

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute

  • Dates: Thursday, 30 November – Sunday, 3 December
  • Locations: Melbourne, Geelong, Healesville and around Victoria.
  • Classic race: Open to cars from 1906 to 1976.
  • Ferrari Trophy: Open to Ferrari cars from 1977 to present.
  • Entries and race info: targaflorioaustralia.com

Before its 1977 shift to a rallying event, the Targa Florio was a notoriously challenging race, as its drivers sped through tiny Palermo villages avoiding potholes, pedestrians and livestock.

In a 2015 jaunt around the traditional Sicilian course, Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo acknowledged the madness of the Italian race.

“I expect to learn how to avoid donkeys while driving a racing car at 300kph,” Ricciardo said pre-race.

The Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon John Eren MP, described the event as an opportunity to showcase Victoria to the world.

“We’re delighted that the organisers have chosen Victoria to stage the first-ever race outside of Italy,” Mr Eren said.

“These classic cars will travel to some of our most breathtaking destinations, breathing more life into regional communities across Victoria.”

After four days of racing spectacle, the Targa Florio Australian Tribute will culminate in an official closing ceremony at Harbour Esplanade, attended by the Premier of Victoria.

Race spaces are available for any member of the general public with a need for speed, and deep pockets – entry fees alone are $8500.

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Full race schedule:

  • Thursday November 30 – registered vehicles will make their way from Melbourne CBD to the City of Greater Geelong via Torquay and back to Geelong for the official opening ceremony, 170kms
  • Friday December 1 – vehicles will drive from Geelong to Apollo Bay via Lorne and then onto Queenscliff. Vehicles will be transported by ferry from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Mornington Peninsula
  • Saturday December 2 – registrants will drive from the heart of Mornington’s wine region through Red Hill to San Remo and onto Healesville
  • Sunday December 3 – departing from Healesville back towards Melbourne CBD and via Albert Park, finishing at the Sponsors village
  • Total of 1175 kms
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon John Eren at the Targa Florio announcement in Torquay. Photo: Supplied

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon John Eren at the Targa Florio announcement in Torquay. Photo: Supplied

 

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