Registrations are now open for the Targa Florio Australian Tribute 2019. You can have your choice of registering online, downloading a PDF registration form or calling one of our friendly staff. This years event will be held in October with the exact dates released in early 2019. Be part of one of the most historic motor sport events in the World right here in the beautiful surrounds of Victoria.
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Victoria showcased the best it had to offer over the 5 days of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute. The weather in 2018 was absolutely fantastic, the sunny skies and and gentle winds were a perfect backdrop for the field of Classic, Ferrari’s and Supercars to make their way around the six tourist regions of Victoria.
Geelong set the scene as the base for scrutineering, the commencement of the event on Day 1 and start for the Geelong/ Bellarine leg on Day 2. The Steampacket Gardens provided the perfect place for all the competitors, officials and car enthusiasts to gather and admire this unique set of cars.
There were many highlights throughout the event including the view of Bells Beach and warm atmosphere of the locals at Colac. The stunning driving on the Mornington Peninsula in particular the Flinders and Arthurs Seat scenery. Philip Island was a highlight for most. The world famous race circuit captured the imagination of all our competitors. The secluded and scenic driving roads of Gippsland provided an enjoyable run into Healesville as competitors completed their final time trials at the Green Street, Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival. The final run on Day 5 through the Yarra Valley via the many vineyards into the centre of Italian dining culture, Lygon St, was a great way to finish the event.
The full results for the entire 5 days of the event are below…
1st: Angelo PIZZUTO and Himara BOTTINI (ITA) - MG A - 1961
2nd: Brent MORRISON (AUS) and Christopher KERR (NZL) - Porsche 356 A - 1958
3rd: Tony and Tim DONNELLAN (AUS) - Alfa Romeo Spider - 1976
1st: Robert and Sam MARSH (AUS) - Ferrari 360 Spider
2nd: Justin LUI and Holly LAU on from HONG KONG - Ferrari F430 F1
3rd: Michael PICCOLO and Gaby CILIA (AUS) - Ferrari 458 - 2011
1st: Giordano MOZZI and Stefania BIACCA (ITA) - Alfa Romeo 4C - 2018
2nd: Peter VOIGT and Lynda FIELD (AUS) - Porsche 911 GT3
3rd: Robert SUMMONS and Niko FRENCH (AUS) - Audi R8 - 2009
day 5 - yarra valley perfect start for the final run
The Yarra Valley provided the perfect run for our competitors for the final day of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute. The picturesque backdrop of our World famous wine region set the scene for a great run throughout the morning for a lunchtime finish at Argyle Place in Lygon St, Carlton, famous for its Italian culture and heritage. Drivers, Co-drivers, Officials and fans alike gathered for presentation ceremony and awards to the best performed competitors throughout the 5 days of beautiful driving on what was a successful Targa Florio Australian Tribute for 2018.
Day 4 - plenty of excitement for the last day
What an exciting Day 4 of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute with plenty of competitors making their move today to position themselves for one last tilt at winning their respective categories. Going into to the last day we have the experienced pair of Angelo Pizzuto and Himara Bottini leading the Classica Trofeo category in their feisty 1961 MG. The Ferrari Tributo was hotly contested yesterday with plenty of changes on their leaderboard, but father and son team Rob & Sam Marsh showed their toughness still retaining the prized number 1 position. Finally the Italian dynamic duo of Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca will be hard to beat in their stunning Alfa Romeo 4c. Ensure you see the finish at Argyle Place, Lygon St Carlton at 11:30am…
DAY 3 - Wrap
The experience of the Italians is coming to the fore as President of AC Palermo, Angelo Pizzuto and his co-driver Himara Bottini of RuoteClassiche make their move to the top of the Classica Trofeo leaderboard. Meanwhile the dynamic duo of Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca continue to consolidate their lead in the Supercar Trophy class in their gorgeous yellow Alfa Romeo 4C. The Ferrari Tributo category does remain wide open, with Marsh team holding strong in 1 st position. They will have to hold off the fast finishing Michael Piccolo and Gaby Cilia combination who moved from 7th to 3rd today.
DAY 3 - D’Alberto father & son team moving up the ranks
After returning overnight fresh from accepting his GT Endurance Cup awards ceremony, Tony D’Alberto was back into the Drivers seat with his father Alvano. The Father and son combination have been excited to share the driving and co-driving duties as they make their way around Victoria. Tony said, “It’s certainly a change of pace for me but a great way to finish a great year of driving with my involvement in the Supercar, GT Endurance and Lotus series this year.” Dad, Alvano D’Aberto has also enjoyed the competition and change of pace in their beautiful 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super.
Day 2 – Ambassador Kate Peck looking for strong performance in 2018
Kate Peck has given herself a fighting chance for a podium finish in the 2018 Targa Florio Australian Tribute. After completing last years event with no co-driver, the now experienced Peck enlisted the help of friend and master navigator Jo-Ann McEwan. A more relaxed Kate Peck has put the pressure on the Classica Trofeo field finishing 2nd on the Classification points table after the first day.
Day 2 – Wrap
In what was another superb start to the day, the Ferraris in the Ferrari Tributo category led the field heading to the Bellarine Peninsula on route to Queenscliff before completing their final time trial for this sector prior to boarding the Searoad Ferry. After exiting the Sorrento port, competitors enjoyed a quick lunch at Peppers Moonah Links Resort unaware that a fantastic afternoon of driving was about to begin. In perfect conditions the competitors traversed the Mornington Peninsula enjoying filtered sunlight through the trees on the winding roads and completing their time trials at the surrounds of Arthurs Seat, Point Leo and through Flinders.
Day 1 - the beginning of 5 days of driving pleasure
It’s Wednesday 28th November 2018 and the final cars are arriving in the morning for the scrutineering requirements in preparation for the commencement of the race at 1:00pm from the Steampacket Gardens.
The field will exit Geelong city along some beautiful coastline taking in Bells Beach on their way to a lunch stop in Colac along with some time trials adjacent to the memorial gardens in the town. the cars will then make their way back Geelong before resting and enjoying some of the local food and wine.
DAY 1 - Mozzi & Biacca SWAP CATEGORIES
Winner of last years Classica Trofeo category, Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca have swapped to the Supercar category in 2018. They have jumped behind the wheel of magnificent Alfa Romeo 4C. In a move to showcase the versatility of this driving dynamic duo Like a seasined prize fighter, Mozzi & Biacca will be looking for back to back in different categories as they set out to make history in the Targa Florio Australian Tribute.
Day 1 - Wrap…
The weather was magnificent for Day 1 of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute. The field of cars made up of Classic, Ferraris and Supercars rolled out of the Steampacket Gardens on route to Bells Beach, Torquay before heading further north to Victorian Country town of Colac. Their the field of cars completed their time trials in front of 500+ crowd of car loving locals. This was just a taste of what promises to be a fantastic 5 days around Victoria.
TARGA FLORIO AUSTRALIAN TRIBUTE
AN event built on morE than 100 years of history
The Targa Florio Australian Tribute suits all car enthusiasts. Those who wish to tour, those who wish to have fun and those who wish to compete seriously. The modern event offers driving great roads through an amazing backdrop of towns and scenery, waving to many of the public who come out to enjoy the cars as they travel the route and fine dining and accommodation to round out a memorable event.
The event also offers a serious competition to those that enjoy a challenge. The Targa Florio Australian Tribute is unlike any other competitive motoring event in Australia. Once exposed to these events they become addictive. The good news is that you don’t have to fly to Italy to experience the Targa Florio – it’s now in Australia and competitors are flying here to enter the Targa Florio Australian Tribute!
After 100 years of events in Sicily the Palermo Car Club agreed to add a sister event in Australia and the Targa Florio Australian Tribute was born. Victoria with its large Italian community its strong history of racing and roads that provide the perfect backdrop for the rally convinced the club that it was time to let their historic event be experienced elsewhere in the world too. The event has been planned to run exactly the same as the Targa Florio.
A Targa Florio Australian Tribute competitor, is someone who enjoys their car and the idea of driving approximately 1000 km of spectacular roads in the company of fellow driving enthusiasts around regional Victoria. It is truly a unique event in Australia.
the route 2018
Below is the Course and Itinerary of the 2018 Targa Florio Australian Tribute. Our competitors will get to experience everything that Victoria has to offer, including its weather, great views, wine regions, cafes restaurants, beaches and countryside.
The new course will allow competitors to enjoy 5 exciting days of driving on some amazing roads showcasing all of Victoria's 6 beautiful tourist regions in 2018.
Click the button for the spectator guide to the times and locations for all the cars over the 5 days of this great event…
1906 - 1976
For classic cars between 1906 and 1976 this category is truly a fan favourite with the majority being European cars such as the great car brands such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Fiat to name a few. Last years winner of this category was none other than Regularity Motorpsort Legends Giordano Mozzi and his wife Stefania Biacchi.
In 2018 the Classics are the largest category of competing cars including entries from all over the world such as Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.
Many of the cars competing are some of the rarest of their kind in the world including the 1926 Alfa Romeo pictured above.
The 2018 Ferrari Tributo will see Ferraris produced from 1977 compete over the 5 days across Victoria’s iconic tourist destinations and regions. The drivers and navigators will get the chance to experience some of the best roads that Victoria has to offer.
This years Ferrari Tributo will prove to be extremely competitive with defending champions Carlo Travaglini and Australian Racing Legend Alfredo Costanzo returning to defend their title. They are pictured above in their Ferrari California. The field of Ferraris consisted of an amazing range of iconic models produced over the last 50 years.
In 2018 a new category has been introduced into the Targa Florio Australian Tribute, the Supercars. The category is for genuine factory Supercars from 1990 onwards and is an exciting addition to the event. Famous racing names such as Lamborghini and McLaren will feature prominently.
The roar of these pure racing machines will excite the many fans along the route of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute in particular this McLaren taking part in this years event courtesy of Supercar Category sponsor Lorbek Luxury cars.
Victoria offers a driving experience equal to the worlds best. The Targa Florio Australin Tribute will explore the 6 main tourist regions of Victoria, including the sweeping views of the Great Ocean Road, the serenity of the Bellarine Peninsula, the beautiful coast line of the Mornington Peninsula, the excitement of the Phillip island Grand Prix circuit, the touring roads and great towns of Gippsland, the world class wineries of the Yarra Valley and ending in Melbourne, at the original destination for Italian eateries, Lygon St, Carlton.
THE TARGA FLORIO origins - palermo, sicily, italy
First run in 1906, the Targa Florio has grown to become one of the great names in motor sport. It has been held every year on the roads of Italy until 1940, before commencing to run again in 1947. Run in one of the most enchanting Italian regions, Sicily, the race has always started and finished in Palermo, after an overall route of 600-700 kilometres.
Before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars on earth, attracting the great racing car drivers and the most important international car makers, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.
For over 80 years it has stood as a symbol of passion for cars, luxury, and elegance.
Today, the Targa Florio is not just the world's most ancient road race, but a tribute to classic cars and beautiful scenery. It is both a race and historical tribute for the legendary cars that participated in the original race and now also includes, the ever popular Ferrari Tribute.
The Targa Florio is an event that brings together the beauty of classic cars and the fascination of the great races to a passionate audience from across the globe.
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