Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Purdy Car, Purdy Picture, Amazing Result

Through a village, past the graffiti.  The W signifies "Viva Vaccarella," the local hero and superb Targa Forio specialist.

This is the 1967 Targa Florio entry by Ford of France, driven by Henri Greder and Jean-Michel Giorgi. Neither was a front-rank sports car driver, let alone a Targa specialist.  The GT 40 was a big, heavy, closed car: muscle-bound at the Targa.  The 10-lap race was won overall by Paul Hawkins and Rolf Stommelen in a 2-liter Porsche 910, running in the Prototype class.  Both were front-rank drivers and Stommelen was fast on courses like the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio.  Greder and Giorgi finished on the same lap and won their Sports [production] class.

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