The 200 crews are already busy along the “Circuito delle Madonie,” on the roads of the legendary Targa. Today Power Stage in Termini Imerese and arrival platform in the heart of Palermo. Tomorrow (Sunday 15) prize-giving in Terrasini.

The crowd bath at the Start of the Targa Florio is a habit for Sicily to which the crews never get used. This is probably one of the added values of the Targa Florio Classica, a historical re-enactment of the oldest race in the world, staged this weekend in Sicily and divided into two stages, the first one the one held yesterday on the “Tour of the Saline” route, between Alcamo, Campobello, Marsala and Trapani and which today sees its “stage two” with the “Circuito delle Madonie”, in the eastern part of the province of Palermo on the roads of the Targa Florio myth. Crews from all over the world that with their presence are testifying to the high sporting value of the Sicilian competition, a value that has been growing over the years. In this regard, the president of Automobile Club d’Italia himself, Engineer Angelo Sticchi Damiani, competing in a Lancia Aurelia B24, described the Targa Florio as a “heritage to be preserved and relaunched over time.”

So today at 8. 30 under the coordination of race director Marco Cascino and the women and men of the Automobile Club of Palermo, the organizing body of the event with the fundamental support of the Automobile Club d’Italia and ACI Storico, from the engineering department and the Museum dei Motori (event headquarters), the more than 200 crews at the start, took the coastal road that leads from Palermo to Floriopoli, continuing on to Cerda, Caltavuturo, Calcarelli (hamlet of the late Baron Antonio Pucci) Castellana Sicula, Petralia Sottana, Piano Battaglia, Collesano and Campofelice. The starting order captivated the large audience with the splendid prancing horse cars of the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio, which already yesterday saw the first pretenders to the final victory emerge with expert driver Giordano Mozzi in a Ferrari 458 Speciale sharing with Valter Lanzoni the hare, followed at 180 penalties by the strong Garfagnana crew formed by Fabio Vergamini and Anna Maria Fabrizi, in a Ferrari 488 Gtb. After the Ferraris, it was the turn of the protagonists of the Italian Great Events Championship, the CIREAS, the Italian Championship and the highly admired Gran Turismo of the Legend.

Speaking of the drivers, the first day saw a very close fight between the crews of the Sicilian school of Campobello, the national home of the regularity discipline, who challenged each other to the sound of precision passes even on the medium trials, putting to the test, as much their physical endurance as that of their vehicles. He wants to make the big voice the landlord Mario Passanante who, with Alessandro Molgora president of the Franciacorta Motori stable and their 1937 Fiat 508 will want to repeat last year’s victory over Angelo Accardo and Filippo Becchina who, for their part, also in 2023 confirm themselves as fearsome protagonists on the profitable Fiat 508, as well as the Campobello-born Francesco and Giuseppe Di Pietra (champions of the Epoca Championship in 2022) still on Fiat 508C. Also in evidence were Enzo Ciravolo and Francesco Messina on Fiat 508 of RC2. In the Sicilian duel for the laurel could also insert the Milanese Alberto Crugnola, navigated by Annalisa Mentasti always on 508 and the Taranto Fabio Loperfido, fierce on Lancia Aprilia divided with the president of Classic Team Corrado Corneliani (stable firmly at the head of the championship).

Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente on the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato consider “the course to be very beautiful, requiring very high concentration. Yesterday,” they conclude, “we had some problems on the special stages, and we hope to recover today”.

Among the splendid cars in the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio, an attacking race for experienced regulars Giordano Mozzi with Valter Lanzoni in a Ferrari 458 speciale. At 2 p.m. ten crews from each of the competitions in the race will take part in the Power Stage Classic, a skills race not valid for the final standings, set up at the Termini Imerese lookout. The spectacle of the regulars on the tubes, will be broadcast in the coming days on ACISPORT Tv on Sky channel 228, the same channel that will also broadcast, in addition to the story of the event, a special of Ruote nella Storia of no less than 26 minutes, with fascinating images, interviews and stories from the territory of Sicily. Also today at 4 p.m. in Palermo’s Piazza Verdi, adjacent to the Teatro Massimo will be the final platform with the arrival of the Targa Florio Classica 2023, whose awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15 at the location of Cala Muletti in Terrasini. The Targa Florio Classica 2023 is lived in the sign and memory of the curator of the Targa Florio Museum in Termini Imerese Nuccio Salemi who recently passed away.

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