Targa Florio car rally for G21 region


FOR the first time, the world-renowned Targa Florio vintage car rally will race outside of Italy, calling Victoria home for an incredible four-day event that takes in some of the G21 region's most breathtaking scenery.

Victoria's Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined Confederation of Australian Motor Sport's general manager Mike Smith in Torquay today (11 August 2017) where the ‘Targa Florio – Australian Tribute’ will pass through.

The Targa Florio will take place from 30 November to 3 December.

The famous rally will showcase the best of regional Victoria, as more than 200 classic cars travel across 1,200 kilometres of our state. It’s expected to attract thousands of car lovers, celebrities and international media.

The route has been designed to promote some of Victoria’s top regional destinations including Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road, Queenscliff to Sorrento, Gippsland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.

Before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars on earth. First run in 1906, the race has always started and finished in Palermo, Italy.

It attracted the best drivers and the most important international car makers, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

The prestigious road race will now celebrate its 101st anniversary in the sporting and major events capital of Australia in November.

Victoria will be the only place in the world to host the F1 Grand Prix, the Moto GP and the Targa Florio, all of which are sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The event will also feature 101 Ferraris competing in the ever popular Ferrari Tribute.

Powerhouse trio ‘Il Volo’ – who have performed alongside Barbara Streisand, Placido Domingo and at the Eurovision Song Contest – will perform at the race’s closing ceremony.

Minister Eren said the Targa Florio was a symbol for the passion of cars, luxury and adventure.

"We’re delighted that the organisers have chosen Victoria to stage the first ever race outside of Italy,” he said.

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

Race 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
  • 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 at Docklands.

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

Source: A state government media release