Ciravolo and Messina win the Targa Florio Classica in Palermo.
Ciravolo and Messina, in a Fiat 508 C, won the top step of the podium in the last race of the 2023 Italian Great Events Championship, the Targa Florio Classica.
A victory that came after a close fight with top specialists Passanante, Accardo, Di Pietra, Loperfido, Aliverti and Valente.
Mario Passanante and Alessandro Molgora, in a 1937 Fiat 508, won the 2023 Italian Major Events Championship instead. Among Ferraris, Tribute category, the high point is for Giordano Mozzi and Valter Lanzoni in Ferrari 458 Speciale.
But let’s take a small step back because, first of all, it is worth noting that the center of Palermo has returned to embrace the arrival of the Targa Florio, in front of the monumental Teatro Massimo in Piazza Verdi. The event, organized by the Automobile Club of Palermo with the fundamental support of the Automobile Club of Italy and Aci Storico, saw the participation of more than 200 crews engaged along a route more than 500 km long divided into two stages.
The first took place in Trapani, among the hills the vineyards of the “Tour of the Saline” in Marsala, and the second on the “Circuit of the Madonie.”
Winners of the Targa Florio Classica 2023, Enzo Ciravolo and Francesco Messina (Classic Team bearers), originally from what can be considered the cradle of Italian and world regularity: Campobello di Mazara.
In the Italian Historic Car Regularity Championship, first place went to Mario Passanante in a Fiat 508 navigated by Alessandro Molgora of Franciacorta Motori; second were Accardo and Becchina again in a Fiat 508, while Francesco Gulotta and Paolino Messina in a Y10 completed the podium in the final overall standings.
Among the protagonists of the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio ace-wins-all are the experienced Giordano Mozzi and Valter Lanzoni in Ferrari 458 Speciale, who dueled with Fabio Vergamini, now the idol of the Sicilians along with his wife Anna Maria Fabrizi in Ferrari 488 GTB. Third in Ferrari Roma, Celestino and Fabrizio Sangiovanni.
“The Targa Florio is by right a heritage to be cherished and relaunched” – said Automobile Club d’Italia President Angelo Sticchi Damiani on the arrival platform aboard the Lancia Aurelia B20 shared with Susanna Serri. Virtually summer weather, picturesque landscapes with a public backdrop such as Sicily can offer and painstaking organization were the appreciations shared by all the crews of the car race. Cala Muletti in Terrasini, concluding act with the awards ceremony for all the protagonists of the groupings.