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Australia To Host Targa Florio Road Tour

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For the first time in its 101 year existence, the most historical and prestigious tour, the Targa Florio, will take place outside of Sicily and across Victoria.

Today, at The Surf Coast Hotel in Torquay, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon John Eren MP, in conjunction with Major Partner Visit Victoria, made the announcement and confirmed that Victoria has officially and exclusively secured a deal to the event’s hosting rights after beating a consortia from Florida.

Hon John Eren MP acknowledged the event as a significant opportunity to showcase Victoria and increase its position on the global classic and luxury car circuit.

The Targa Florio is a symbol for the passion of cars, luxury and adventure – and we’re delighted that the organisers have chosen Victoria to stage the first-ever tour outside of Italy.”

“These classic cars will travel to some of our most breathtaking destinations, breathing more life into regional communities across Victoria.”

“Our love of sport and fast cars, coupled with our beautiful scenery and large Italian community, makes us the perfect host for such an occasion.”

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In the same manner as the famous Sicilian event, the Targa Florio Australian Tribute will see over 200 historic cars including Ferraris unfold over four days, with two main races being run on the same route with the same rules and trials:

  • The Targa Florio Australian Tribute classic car regularity is open to cars from 1906 to 1976 that will compete at an average speed of max 50 km/h. 30/40 time trials will be set in the route

  • The Ferrari Trophy is open to Ferrari cars from 1977 to present

Historically and before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars across the globe, attracting the international racing car drivers and car manufacturers, such as Alfa Romeo, (FIAT) Abarth, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

Today, the Targa Florio is not just the world's most ancient road tour that attracts an international following, but a tribute to classic cars and beautiful scenery for people to adore - this year from a Victorian stage.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) CEO, Eugene Arocca, said the event would further boost Victoria’s status as a major supporter of the very best events in world motor sport.

“As the national sporting body for four-wheeled motor sport, we are extremely proud to be associated with such an iconic, international motor sport event and congratulate the event organisers, Visit Victoria and the Victorian Government for hosting the Targa Florio on some of our most famous roads,” Arocca said.

“We can’t wait for this to get underway at the end of this year and are looking forward to seeing yet another amazing motor sport event being held in Australia, on top of other memorable events such as Victoria’s own Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Australian round of the World Rally Championship,added Arocca.

To pay homage to the event’s heritage and format, the Australian Tribute will receive a “Made in Italy” theme, including culture and lifestyle intertwined with innovation, highlights and experiences that showcase Australia, and of course Victoria.

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Tour schedule:

• Thursday 30 November – registered vehicles will make their way from Melbourne CBD to the City of Greater Geelong via Torquay and back to Geelong for the official opening ceremony, 170kms

• Friday 1 December – vehicles will drive from Geelong to Apollo Bay via Lorne and then onto Queenscliff. Vehicles will be transported by ferry from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Mornington Peninsula

• Saturday 2 December – registrants will drive from the heart of Mornington’s wine region through Red Hill to San Remo and onto Healesville

• Sunday 3 December – departing from Healesville back towards Melbourne CBD and via Albert Park, finishing at the Sponsors village   

• Total of 1175 kms

The four-day tour extravaganza will culminate in an official closing ceremony at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, with awards given to the first three cars to rank and presented to them by the Premier of Victoria.

The Targa Florio, Australian Tribute comes to Victoria courtesy of Melbourne-based consulting company the iSTEEM Group, who, as part of organising committee, secured the exclusive rights with a view to extend for the next five years.

Join the tour
Participant tour spaces are available for the general public to purchase. To enquire or secure a space in the first ever Targa Florio Australian Tribute, simply visit www.targaflorioaustralia.com

11 August, 2017