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The 1971 Targa Florio in Sicily - Photo: LAT

The 1971 Targa Florio in Sicily – Photo: LAT

Victoria has won the rights to host the official Targa Florio tribute event later this year.

It will be the first time in it’s 101 year history that the Targa Florio will take place outside of Italy, with Victoria beating out Florida to secure the exclusive deal.

The Targa Florio Tribute is set to be held between November 30th and December 3rd, with the route taking in the sights of Victoria traveling through Geelong, Apollo Bay, San Remo, Kinglake and Albert Park before concluding with the official closing ceremony at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.

In the same manner as the famous Sicilian event, the Targa Florio Australian Tribute race will see over 200 historical race cars including Ferraris unfold over four days, with two main races being run on the same route with the same rules and trials.

The first will be the Targa Florio Australian Tribute classic car regularity race is open to cars from 1906 to 1976 that will compete at an average speed of max 50 km/h. 30/40 time trials will be set in the route. While the Ferrari Trophy is open to Ferrari cars from 1977 to present.

Confederation of Australian Motor Sport CEO Eugene Arocca believes the event will be a welcomed addition to the Australian motor racing landscape.

“As the national sporting body for four-wheeled motor sport, we are extremely proud to be associated with such an iconic, international motor sport event and congratulate the event organisers, Visit Victoria and the Victorian Government for hosting the Targa Florio on some of our most famous roads,” said Arocca.

“We can’t wait for this to get underway at the end of this year and are looking forward to seeing yet another amazing motor sport event being held in Australia, on top of other memorable events such as Victoria’s own Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Australian round of the World Rally Championship.”

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