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The Floriopoli Cup and the return of the De Tomaso Pantera prepared by Bardelli

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The emotions of the most legendary races on the roads of Sicily are back, with the second edition of the Floriopoli Cup, dynamic conservation and restoration competition for vintage and racing carswho brought back the cars of the great champions of the time through the hairpin bends of the Targa Florio. From Bernd Becker’s 1969 Porsche 910, to Giorgio Schon’s Lotus 23, to Francesco Dracone’s Oreca Gibson LMP2awarded by the jury chaired by former Ferrari and Fiat-Abarth sports director Daniele Audetto, in the shadow of the historic grandstands and pits of the Targa Florio. One of the most anticipated cars, the return of the Pantera De Tomaso Gr.4“Italo-Argentine-American” racing car owned by Pietro Silva with Gianluca Bardelli at the wheel.

Floriopoli Cup 2022

The sports car categorythat marked the golden years of the race, revisited in the dreaded hairpins of the Targa Florio some of the most popular models of the timesuch as the Abarth 1000 Biposto SE 018 of Angelo Miniggio, which took part in the Targa Florio of 1971, Simca 1300, which raced the Arena-Ada Pace pair in 1963, and Fulvia HF of the Lazio Onori and Cucciolla, testify to the editions of the Targa Anni 70.

Pantera De Tomaso Gr.4

Revives the myth of the Targa Florio the Pantera De Tomaso Group 4bringing two past multi-world championships back to Sicily, Gianluca Bardelli and Pietro Silva. «I first came to this circuit at the age of 11 – Gianluca Bardelli recalls – to accompany my father, who had prepared the De Tomaso Pantera GTS n.115 for the couple Carlo Pietromarchi-Maurizio Micangeli, in the last valid Targa Florio for the Marche World Championship ». It was 1973 and the De Tomaso Pantera had stood out in the battle against the prototypes of Ferrari, Matra, Alfa Romeo, Mirage-Ford and Porsche, making that race unforgettable. A machine that has become unbeatable thanks to the intervention of Gianfranco Bardelli, a reference point since 1957 for the Jaguar brand and for the preparation of the de Tomaso. All the most famous pilots turned to him for the Gr.3 and 4 races for Italian and European Championships, from Duke Cristiano del Balzo, Maurizio Micangeli, Tony Palma, Massimo De Antoni, Marcello Gallo, Federico Martignoni, Mario Casoni, Mario Radicella Count Carlo Pietromarchi, Gianni Dall’Olio and Michael Parker. Without forgetting that the Pantera De Tomaso who won the most in the world was the one prepared by Gianfranco Bardelli.

Source: Corriere

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