Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio 2011
Palermo, 2 October
The atmosphere in Palermo, the moment the cars’ parade arrived at the stage in front of the Politeama theatre, was full of the participants’ satisfaction and enthusiasm. The Tribute Ferrari to Targa Florio ended after three days of racing in Sicily’s capital.
The last stages were especially beautiful: the Etna with the special stages amongst the lava, the Nebrodi hills with spectacular forests, the coast towards Palermo passing Cefalù and the legendary Piccole Madonie circuit arriving in Collesano. Places enhancing the passion of those behind the wheel and the Prancing Horse.
The race rhythm was intense, but gave the participants the possibility to discover Sicily with its immense beauty of nature, history and culture.
Regarding the motorsport results Gino Verghini and his copilot Lamberto Fusi won the Ferrari Tribute for modern cars with a 512 TR, and Carlos Augusto Lopez and his copilot Maria Eugenia Prieto won the category for historical cars with a 250 GT Cabriolet.
The Ferrari Tribute was mainly an occasion filled with passion, shared during the special stages, mastered with innovative technology or just a stopwatch in one’s hand, followed by relaxing moments with the breathtaking views of a spectacular scenery.
Thank you so much for your participating and support at this event and we hope to see you all again for a new edition on the roads of Sicily in 2012!
Taormina, 1 October
The second stage of the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio ended in the beautiful city of Taormina after 300 kilometres on the roads of eastern Sicily with the enthusiastic participation of the local spectators.
The 45 participating cars passed the cities of Modica and Noto, famous for their Sicilian baroque, arriving at the archaeological park of Siracusa, where the Ferrari 250 Tour de France cut a fine figure at the Greek theatre.
In Catania the local authorities, together with numerous fans, welcomed the cars on the Piazza dell’Università. After a short stop in the beautiful courtyard of the Rettorato, the participants took up the race again.
Later on the Tribute reached the Etna, together with the cars from the Ferrari Club Italia. The breathtaking climb to reach the Sapienza cottage, was even more spectacular thanks to the volcano’s eruption. Today the participants had to complete 14 time trials, including the roads of the Etna, underlining the motorsport spirit of the event and the participants’ enthusiasm. The exciting day ended with the arrival at the Naxos Gardens and a parade in Taormina.
On Saturday the Tribute will pass at the Madonie circuit and return to Palermo.
Marina di Ragusa, 30 September
The Targa Florio Tribute race started with numerous historical and modern Ferraris. The cars are on their way on the legendary roads of Sicily, where once the famous race was held with some of the most famous drivers from the history of motorsports.
Behind the wheel of a Ferrari California: Nino Vaccarella, World Champion in the Sport Prototype category in 1964 with Ferrari.
Antonio Ghini, editor-in-chief of the Official Ferrari Magazine, has joined the Targa Florio tribute and tells us about the first kilometres of the race: The stage from the mosaics of Piazza Armerina to the antique Ibla, over two hours in the dark, was extremely challenging, the roads narrow and the visibility scarce….but this was a little bit like the spirit of the legendary Targa Florio and the Giro di Sicilia. In fact some editions of the Florio were held here on the track of the Giro di Sicilia, on these roads. This morning the sun is out and Nino Vaccarella, who is our number one, the one who drives ahead, the legend of this region and of these races, is in great form and it seems that he doesn’t feel yesterday’s efforts at all and is ready to go. Now we’re here in Marina di Ragusa for another challenging day, which is also a little bit uncertain, considering that the Etna had some eruptions. We’re still waiting for a decision, because we still don’t know if we can race or if the dust or the lapilli in the air will force us to take another route.