Targa Florio

Racing Demons: Porsche and the Targa Florio

Racing Demons:  Porsche and the Targa Florio

  My relationship with the Cefalù-based  racing shoe-maker, Ciccio Liberto, has connected me with other racing professionals and aficionados throughout the globe. (See article: All Roads for Driving Shoes ) The one closest to me (geographically and personally) is Michael Keyser, an author, filmmaker, race-sport marketing guru and former Porsche racecar driver who resides in Baltimore […]

The Legend of the Targa Florio Continues

The Legend of the Targa Florio Continues

For the third year in a row, my hometown of Baltimore finished hosting the Baltimore Grand Prix, a temporary street course bringing a mixture of IZOD IndyCar Series, American Le Mans and ISMA GT3 Cup cars to our downtown.  To the non-racing fans, this 3-day event causes a frustrating influx of road-closures, traffic, noise and […]

All Roads for Driving Shoes Lead to … Sicily?

All Roads for Driving Shoes Lead to … Sicily?

   What do Vic Elford, Michael Keyser, Marco and Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Jackie Ickx and Mia Walsh have in common?   It turns out that a charming shoemaker from Cefalù, Sicily has won the hearts of each of these people.    Known as “il maestro” (the master), Francesco “Ciccio” Liberto has been making race […]

The Targa Florio Car Rally

The Targa Florio Car Rally

Between 14th-16th June, the Targa Florio, which is now part of the International Rally Challenge, will be held in and around the Madonie mountain range here in the province of Palermo. Originally, it was probably the oldest open-road car race in Europe and was founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Florio,  a wealthy aficionado and pioneer racing driver […]