Pic Of The Week: Porsche At The Targa Florio

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As road races go, the Targa Florio has to be one of the most glamorous, gruelling and legendary of them all. Although the 11-lap race around the 45-mile Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie in Sicily was last held in 1977, its evocative legacy lives on.

One of the greatest eras of the Targa Florio was the early seventies, when the race was still a world championship sportscar event, and Alfa, Porsche and Ferrari prototypes streaked through sleepy Sicilian villages.

Of this era the nimble Porsche 908, which won in 1969 and 1970, is perhaps the most memorable of all the Targa winners - and Porsche is very kindly bringing along a pair of the stubby-but-wonderful racers to this year's Festival of Speed.

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So to celebrate this we've delved into Porsche's archive to retrieve these two gems, possibly the two most 1970s pictures in existence.

We love the total and unashamed absence of any form of safety barrier in the black-and-white photo, but it's the period detail and nonchalance of the colour snap that really gets us. Presumably this is a test snap while an 'official' publicity photo is set up, but the cupped cigarette, relaxed atmosphere and carelessly discarded newspaper make it immensely appealing and full of wonderful period detail.

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  • R66STU 25 Jun 2010

    You dont see race cars that small very often these days.
    cool wink

  • TimmmyT 25 Jun 2010

    Back in a time when life could be lived without nanny states ruining any sort of fun and desperately trying to take away any risk. Okay I was only one myself at the time but it just makes me realise how controlled life has become and makes that black and white picture all the more awesome.

  • nelly_h 25 Jun 2010

    On the black and white one, love the fact that in amongst the photographers peeking out from doorways, there's some chap ambling home. Excellent.

  • timbo48 25 Jun 2010

    That's Jo Siffert, isn't it?.....Love the car.

  • freedman 25 Jun 2010

    timbo48 said:
    That's Jo Siffert, isn't it?.....Love the car.
    Siffert, Wyer, not sure, Elford?

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