Maranello, 14 October
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It has been a special weekend for anyone and everyone who loves the Targa Florio. The tribute that Ferrari wanted to pay this year to one of the world’s most fascinating races, that is so rich in the history and the appeal of motor sport, was a decisive contributing factor in keeping the Targa alive on the very roads that made it immortal – because never has the name of this race come as close to disappearing as it did this year. The role of the Maranello company was crucial because it also allowed all the Ferrari drivers who had entered the Targa Florio Classic plus other passionate followers the chance to take part in the competition that was organised in collaboration with the Palermo Automobile Club.
A total of eighty-four Ferraris took part – from modern day cars to models like the 275 GTB, from examples of the 599 GTB Fiorano to the Dino 246 GT or the 330 GT 2+2. They came from four separate continents and represented 15 countries as they took on the thousand kilometres of this race that took place over a span of three days, from Thursday 10 October to Saturday 12 October. From Palermo to Catania, from the slopes of Mount Etna to the temples of Agrigento and the sea of Selinunte, then returning to the capital city before joining the original track that twists and turns round the mountains of the Madonie: for the Ferrari drivers who took to the roads for these three days it has been a fantastic experience, occasionally showered by rain but often lit up by a sun that still felt like summer. Leading them away was the outstanding ambassador Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel of a white 458 Italia. For the record, the final victory went, for the third straight year, to Gino Verghini who took the win in his 512 Testa Rossa in partnership with Maria Sydorenko.
It’s events like the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio that make being a Maranello client a unique experience, because they allow you to relive the exploits of the drivers who made this brand the strongest in the world. It also offers a unique chance to see once more these same cars – and their descendants – on the very same roads where they raced in the Targa Florio, one of the most important dates on the world motor sport calendar.