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Gallery: lots of lovely Ferraris retrace the Targa Florio

Ferrari owners use their cars properly around Sicily. There’s even an F40

  • Many people buy Ferraris to tool around city centres. Some pop them away in a garage where any hint of the detritus associated with actual driving is looked at with scorn. Some Ferrari owners, though, relish putting a load of miles on their cars in the places that inspired them.

    The latter owners are our favourites, and Ferrari’s Targa Florio tribute, held last week, saw a gaggle of them gather together. The purpose? To give their dancing donkeys a run around some of the Sicilian roads that formed the basis of possibly the world’s trickiest road race.

    As the photo above attests, most of the cars in attendance were of Ferrari’s modern era. But it was still a mixed bunch. Keep clicking to see some of the highlights…

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  • The brand new 488 GTB – all 661 turbocharged horsepower of it – sits beside its forebear, the 458 Speciale, showing off its fancy new aero.

  • Before both of them, though, came the F430. Little over a decade old, how simple and dainty does it suddenly look?

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  • Something frighteningly fast and supersonically scary. Beneath a plane.

  • Italian owners made the short trip to Sicily in their easy going modern Fezzas. These hardy British folk seemingly made a circa-4,000 mile trip in the quite frankly mad F40.

  • And here’s Ferrari’s most famous turbo car in action, presumably mere seconds away from deciding to be a complete and utter handful.

  • Far friendlier – but little less scintillating – is perhaps the greatest modern Ferrari for mere mortals, the 458 Speciale, here in open-top Aperta form.

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  • The Scuderia 16M is the Speciale Aperta’s spiritual forebear. With just 499 made, it’s one of the rarer things with a Ferrari badge on it. Those baseball caps, on the other hand…

  • If the Ferrari California is good at one thing, it’s being a convertible. So why – on a blooming glorious day in Sicily – hasn’t it been converted?

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  • There may be a draconian speed limit on display, but we still reckon this shot was QUITE NOISY.

  • The brand new 488 Spider, anterior to kegloads of what we assume to be quite opulent wine.

  • A fraternity of Ferraris hiding in the dark. Can you name ‘em all?

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