Racing Demons - Porsche and the Targa Florio (Hardcover)

 
9780615804408: Racing Demons - Porsche and the Targa Florio (Hardcover)

Forever hailed as the world's last true road race, the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily was first held in 1906 on a 148 km (92 mile) circuit that twisted and turned though the Madonie mountains east of Palermo, passing through a number of small, picturesque villages before running along the Mediterranean coast and back to the start/finish line. Each year, for one spectacular spring day, this tortuous course, laid out on the island at the toe of the boot of Italy, was the focus of the entire racing world. There was simply nothing quite like racing exotic sports cars around narrow island roads lined with over half a million race crazy Italians who, together with Sicily's spectacular backdrop and the circuit's challenging characteristics, created the magical ambiance that made the Targa one of the most famous races in the sport's history. And no other car won this grueling event more times than Porsche. Racing Demons - Porsche and the Targa Florio for the first time brings together the many Porsches that raced in the Targa Florio, from the lone privately entered 356 Cabriolet that started the race in 1953, to the works Martini 911 RSR, which won the last ever Targa twenty years later, marking Porsche's eleventh victory in Sicily. At the wheel of the Porsches raced in the Targa were some of the top drivers of the 50s, '60s and '70s, such as Umberto Maglioli, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Gerhard Mitter, Rolf Stommelen, Gijs van Lennep, Jo Sifferd, and Vic Elford who won the most epic race "coming back from behind" in 1968

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Michael Keyser; Mark Koense; Enzo Manzo
ISBN 10: 0615804403 ISBN 13: 9780615804408
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