Targa Florio #1

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This week a Ferrari 335S sold for £24.65m.

I’m going to Sicily next month to drive the Targa Florio (albeit in a hire car) and I bought a guide book to Sicily second-hand off ebay. £2.80 including postage. Do you know, it does not mention the Targa Florio – undoubtedly one of the greatest road races ever?

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Nor does it mention the Museo Targa Florio in Collesano. Very strange. Do the authors think I’m going to see some old ruins, visit Montalbano’s house and to drink Marsala? (Well, I am going to drink the Marsala, that’s true).

When I saw the 335S had sold for such silly money I had two thoughts – whoever bought it will never drive it, and it is too clean and shiny. And I thought I’d find an old photo of one doing the Targa Florio in ’57, probably beaten up and dusty. However, It seems that the Sicilian event was not included in the World Sports Car Championship that year and it was won by a Fiat 600! Anyway, here are some photos culled from the internet that show Ferraris being Ferraris around the Sicilian hills and villages. Can’t wait!

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3 thoughts on “Targa Florio #1”

  1. Wonderful photos. Maybe Sicilians are no longer very interested in cars? The old Montalbano seems to drive the same old black Fiat heap that the young Montulbano drives. Silly money for that Ferrari. You’d have more fun and go quicker in a £15000 Boxster.

  2. Have a good trip Bob – and go easy on the Marsala! Great photos by the way, seel found.

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