A selection of images from Australia's first Targa Florio Tribute event
The Targa Florio is one of motor racing’s most historic events. With three laps of harping bends, mountain roads and rustic countryside, it was the among the first car events to truly test man and machine.
But due to safety reasons – like so many road-based motorsport events – the Targa Florio ceased to exist in 1977. A historic event of the same name has been running for a number of years, but for 2017 a new event of the same name has taken place in Australia. Known as the Targa Florio Australian Tribute, the 2017 event toured Victoria’s coast and countryside for four days.
And, just like the Sicilian tour, the Targa Florio Australian Tribute has been running two regulatory automotive events consecutively with the same rules and trials. Naturally, the fastest drivers were awarded accordingly, with gold, silver and bronze winners.
Giordano Mozzi and co-driver Stefania Biacca took the gold award after keeping up the most impressive pace in their Porsche 356 C 1964. The duo were presented with a bespoke engraved Momo steering wheel.
Brent Morrison and co-driver Kris Kerr were awarded with the Silver Momo wheel after finishing the time trials in second place in their 1958 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupé. Finishing with bronze was Peter Williams and co-driver Anie William, in their Austin Healey Sebring
Visit Victoria’s Head of Event Acquisitions, Regional and Government Relations, Michelle Morris said: ‘The Targa Florio is a world renowned event, known for showcasing a deep passion for cars and adventure. We’re delighted that for the first time in its history, the event has been staged outside of Italy and on our Victorian stage. The event has not only showcased some of Victoria’s most breathtaking destinations, but has no doubt boosted our position on the European and classic car circuit.’
Shortly after the inaugural event the President of the Targa Florio Italy, Angelo Pizzuto, announced that Australia has been granted the official event rights for the next five years.