It may not have the same cachet and recognition as the Mille Miglia or Le Mans, but the Targa Florio in Sicily was one of Europe’s oldest and longest-running road races, spanning a more than 60-year history. Angus MacKenzie explore’s the historic race’s route in a 2013 Porsche Boxster S, while exploring the history and culture of the Mediterranean island.
Although touring the historic Sicilian race course might seem most appropriate in a Ferrari, Maserati or Alfa Romeo, MacKenzie shares the solid history of Porsche wins in the race, making the new Porsche Boxster a natural for exploring the island’s roads and re-tracing the course. The 2013 model marks the first all-new Boxster since Porsche first launched the mid-engine roadster in the late 1990s.
Notorious for being the home of the Mafia, Sicily has a history going back more than 2000 years, with influences from the Greeks, Romans and even the Arabs. Sicily is just a few hundred miles from the coast of North Africa, from the nations of Tunisia and Libya.
To sharing his passion for the island and its cuisine, MacKenzie was the guest of renowned restaurateur and Sicilian native Giacomino Drago, who shared his experiences growing up on the island. MacKenzie also spoke with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss about his recollection of the Targa, and how it differed from the Mille Miglia, the race which he’s most associated with.
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