Long in the planning, the 2013 Targa Florio Ferrari Tribute race in and around the beautiful scenery and stunning roadways of Sicily is underway. The race is a tribute to and relives the Prancing Horse GT cars from yesterday and today as the route of the historic road race is retraced.

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After assigning race numbers and the customary briefing, admirers of the scarlet cars had the chance to greet Giancarlo Fisichella, who kicked off the event at Palermo University surrounded by fans hoping for a photo or an autograph. The Ferrari driver took on the role of pacemaker in a 458 Italia at the head of a snake made up of all the Prancing Horse’s cars taking part in the event at Buonfornello. It was a special chance for Ferrari lovers to see the various cars including F12s and 458 Italias but also collection pieces like the F40 or a 275 GTB4 that is as sparkling as it is rare.

We Americans who are not there to see the race can only imagine the beautiful rolling art that must be caressing those Italian roads and the audio soundtrack of V8s and V12s that must be plying the air in those stone streets.

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