Targa Florio, history and memory

“And then you feel, / even if they keep telling to you you can / stop midway or at sea, / that there is no stopping for us, / just road, and more road, / and that the journey is one you always have to start over”.

Eugenio Montale’s verses seem to echo like an unfulfilled prophecy, in the stretch of winding road meandering among the Madonie where the Targa Florio – one of the oldest and most famous car races in Italy – was held 61 times, between 1906 and 1977.

Unfortunately the gloriously challenging itinerary, snaking through the massif in northern Sicily, came to an end in 1977, partly because of the many accidents that marked the history of the competition.

But the memories of this wonderful, epic adventure in the world of automobiles are forever. And will always be portrayed at their best in these beautiful posters by great Italian and foreign artists.

Duilio Cambellotti, "L'attimo fuggente", 1907, Targa Florio poster

Duilio Cambellotti, "That Fleeting Moment", 1907

Targa Florio Cancellieri, 1907

Cancellieri, 1907

Crosby Frederick Gordon, 1907 Targa Florio

Frederick Gordon Crosby, 1907

Duilio Cambellotti, 1907

Duilio Cambellotti, 1907 Targa Florio

Duilio Cambellotti, 1907

Ezio Castellucci, "L'attesa sul circuito", 1907 Targa Florio

Ezio Castellucci, "The Wait at the Racetrack", 1907

Sconosciuto, 1929 Targa Florio

Unknown author, 1929

Sconosciuto, 1924 Targa Florio

Unknown author, 1924

Garcia Jorge, 1926 - Targa Florio

Jorge Garcia, 1926

Margaret Bradley , "Tribune di Cerda", 1930 Targa Florio

Margaret Bradley , "Tribunes in Cerda", 1930

Targa Florio Sconosciuto, 1961

Unknown author, 1961

Crosby Frederick Gordon, "Sulle Madonie", 1938 Targa Florio

Frederick Gordon Crosby, "On the Madonie", 1938

Targa Florio Sconosciuto, 1964

Unknown author, 1964

Andrea La Rovere, 1966 Targa Florio

Andrea La Rovere, 1966

Francesco Accardi, 1969 Targa Florio

Francesco Accardi, 1969

Targa Florio, history and memory


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