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TARGA FLORIO SEVENTY EPIC YEARS OF MOTOR RACING

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The Targa Florio is one of the oldest automobile races in the world, and the oldest still run. It was desired, created, financed and organized by Vincenzo Florio, a Palermo man from a wealthy... Read more
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The Targa Florio is one of the oldest automobile races in the world, and the oldest still run. It was desired, created, financed and organized by Vincenzo Florio, a Palermo man from a wealthy family, who was fascinated by the new means of locomotion and was already known in the world for having participated in some competitions at the beginning of the century and for having set up the Coppa Florio in 1905.

The race was held 61 times, practically without interruption (except for the two world wars), from 1906 to 1977.

The Sicilian roads have always been the scene of the race, particularly the narrow, winding roads that run through the Madonie mountain chain.

In this book, the author, David Owen, has managed to capture the spirit of this magnificent competition and the charm of the context in which it has taken place for over seventy years.

His descriptions of each race bring to life the excitement of the titanic struggles between drivers such as Nuvolari and Chiron, and marques such as Bugatti and Alfa Romeo.

The author's narrative deliberately stops at 1973, considered by many to be the last real Targa Florio.

After this edition, which was marked by a series of serious accidents that showed that the now anachronistic circuit of the Madonie was not suitable for hosting competitions for very powerful cars, the Targa Florio was excluded from the circuit of the great international events.

Four appendices complete the text: Great cars of the Targa Florio, The Targa Florio routes, Race speeds 1906 to 1973 and Results 1906 to 1973.

 

 

Product specification

Binding
In hardback
Pages
232
ISBN / EAN
0854292357
Languages
English
Publication date
08/1979
Dimensions
18 x 25 x 2 cm

Additional information

Book type or Series
History - Descriptive

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