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A tour op­er­a­tor is join­ing forces with an Ital­ian clas­sic car club to of­fer the trip of a life­time to the home of the leg­endary Targa Flo­rio en­durance road race.

Coun­try Lane Tours is be­hind the two-week ad­ven­ture start­ing in Calais. It then moves to Genoa for the ferry to Si­cily, where mem­bers of Au­to­mo­bile Club Palermo will help give an in­sight into the is­land’s motoring con­nec­tions and mark the 110th an­niver­sary of the first Targa Flo­rio.

The Si­cil­ian leg be­gins with four nights in Villa Igiea, a stun­ning ho­tel over­look­ing the bay of Palermo and orig­i­nally owned by the Flo­rio fam­ily – pi­o­neer­ing driver Vin­cenzo Flo­rio cre­ated the race in 1906.

‘This al­lows plenty of time to re­lax as well as tak­ing in the sights of the an­cient city, and driv­ing the 47-mile Targa Flo­rio route cir­cuit, last used for the event in 1973,’ says tour di­rec­tor Ian Glass. ‘Cars of all types and vin­tages are wel­come and Coun­try Lane Tours events al­ways have a var­ied se­lec­tion of mar­ques and ages par­tic­i­pat­ing.’

En­tries for Targa Sicilia range from a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom I to a 1994 Rover 216i Cabri­o­let.


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