For the first time in history, the world-renowned Targa Florio vintage car rally will race outside Italy. The 4-day event – to be known as the ‘Targa Florio – Australian Tribute’ – will be held in Victoria, Australia, from November 30 to December 3, 2017.
The famous rally, which will celebrate its 101st anniversary, will showcase the best of the state to the occupants of over 200 classic cars that will travel across 1,200 kms. It is expected to attract thousands of car lovers, celebrities and international media.
Before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars on earth. First run in 1906, the race has always started and finished in Palermo, Italy. It attracted the best drivers and participation of major international carmakers such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
“The route has been designed to promote some of Victoria’s top regional destinations including Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road, Queenscliff to Sorrento, Gippsland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley,” said the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren.
“Our love of sport and fast cars, coupled with our beautiful scenery and large Italian community, makes us the perfect host for such an occasion,” he added.
Victoria will be the only place in the world to host the F1 Grand Prix, the Moto GP and the Targa Florio, all of which are sanctioned by the FIA. The event will also feature 101 Ferraris competing in the ever popular Ferrari Tribute.