We’re just back from a week’s holiday in Sicily where we spent a day driving the Targa Florio – the 72 km Piccolo circuit which was in use from 1932 to 1936 and 1951 to 1977. I was shocked by the state of the roads and we were not able to complete a full lap as the road had slipped down the mountainside at one point and we had to take a diversion. Nevertheless, we almost did it and here are some photos from the day and a few from the glory days gone by.


cerda pits

cerda bar

The grandstand at Cerda 1970 (above) and in 2016 (below)


1932 - Nuvolari - footbridge

Nuvolari thunders under the footbridge in 1932 above. All quiet in 2016 below.


The Zust driven by Maggioni passing through the village of Petralia Sottana


The roads were not tarmac at first (above) but even so must have been better than they are now (below).


phil hill goats

Phil Hill in his Ferrari 250 GTO in 1962 avoiding some goats (above). Animals are still a hazard in 2016 (below).



Collesano 1960 (above) and 2016 (below).


1966 b

Campolfelice then and now.


Let’s finish with a video…





One thought on “Targa Florio #2

  1. Thanks Bob. This is quite an eye-opener. You have to take your hat off to people who competed back in the day on such road courses. Les.

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