The Targa Florio is one of those races that remains in the minds of motorsport fans since in its time it was one of the most important in the world.
The test was created by Vicente Florio, a noble Sicilian sportsman who had been the first to import a car from abroad. His idea was to create an endurance race for machines and runners among the mountains of his beloved Sicily.
The first edition was held in 1906 and was won by Alessandro Cagno, with Itala, in 9h32m20s at an average of 46,805 km / h after three laps of a 148,823 kilometer circuit and 108 curves between mountains at 300 meters above sea level in its lowest point.
Due to its dangerousness, the Targa Florio changed modality in 1978 and stopped being a speed competition to become a rally event that has been part of the calendar of the Italian and European tournaments of the specialty.
Ironically, Florio never won the race he created and his best result was second place in 1909 behind Francesco Ciuppa.
Since its creation, great protagonists in the history of motorsport have participated, such as Enzo Ferrari, who raced in 1919 with a CMN, and Juan Manuel Fangio himself, who was third with a Maserati in 1953.
Among its most emblematic winners are the Italians Felice Nazzaro, Achille Varzi, Tazio Nuvolari, Luigi Villoresi, Piero Taruffi, Arturo Merzario, the English Stirling Moss and Peter Collins, the Swede Jo Bonnier and the German Wolfgang von Trips.