Press Release – October 2019

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Targa Florio Australia Tribute

4 day Historic Classic car event motoring through Victoria

14-17 November, 2019


MEDIA RELEASE: 24 October 2019

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute is one of the World’s premium classic car experiences that combines driving beautiful roads with stunning cars, passion and the enjoyment of life.

The 2019 route has been meticulously planned to ensure that great driving roads are highlighted over each of the 4 day event. Spectators can enjoy the parade of prestige classic motor vehicles and enjoy the skill of the competitors as they navigate through Time Trials.


Event Highlights:

In its 3rd year on Australian soil this year’s route enjoys many highlights over the 4 days of the event.

  • Thursday will see cars depart from Point Danger in Torquay, enjoy the breathtaking views along the Great Ocean Road, celebrating 100 years since the start of construction and then back for lunch in Queenscliff and across Port Phillip Bay on the Ferry via Arthurs Seat to street festivities as it arrives Flinders.
  • Friday The travelling classic cars circle Western Port Bay from Flinders to Tooradin and West Gippsland, Korumburra and arriving at the Phillip Island to complete a great day’s driving with the street festivities in Cowes Thompson Ave.
  • Saturday the event starts at San Remo foreshore and takes to the mountains – driving through Gippsland, the community of Mirboo North to the Haunted Hills Racetrack, home of the Australian Hillclimb championship and then an exciting drive up over Mt Donna Buang, through Noojee and into the Festa di via Verde in Healesville. A stage with interviews, a large Italian car display and a grazing evening highlighting the Yarra Valley’s premium food and wine will ensure a night to remember.  A huge Show and Shine car and bike display will make the Festa di via Verde a great afternoon for all who attend the festival.
  • Sunday completes the clover leaf around Melbourne with the Fleet enjoying a drive through Lancefield, Tooborac, Woodend for lunch, Mt Macedon to Williamstown and finishing to the cheers of 30,000 lovers of all things Italian at the Melbourne Italian Festa in Lygon st, Carlton.

Andrew Lawson, Director of TFAT says ‘a key focus for this year’s event has been to ensure the community and local regions benefit and that spectators enjoy the cars and interact with the drivers in a true motoring travelling celebration of classic cars.

‘It’s an event the competitors love, but it’s much more than just about cars. It is about bringing people together, out of their houses, into the street, down to the local park, on the street corner to connect with the event and feel part of it. This Historic event, whose roots are in Sicily, Italy since 1906, connects with all ages and involves fine food, wine and festivities, as well as an appreciation of the incredible cars.’

This year’s TFAT 2019 has attracted competitors across 3 categories, including Classic, Supercar and Ferrari. international Competitors including three teams from Italy have all come to enjoy the event.

Since 1906 the Italians in Italy have embraced all parts of the race where people jostle for prime position along the course and this is the vibe we want to bring to Victoria. Our motto is ‘Passion has no boundaries’.

The regions of Victoria have embraced Targa Florio Australian Tribute and have established community events along the route that bring a festive feel to the towns as the cars drive through.

In town stages, spectators can talk with drivers, listen to interviews, enjoy the cars as they complete the time trials, talk cars and sample local produce in a festive atmosphere… it really is a travelling Festa!


The Festa di via Verde on Saturday in Healesville, and the Melbourne Italian Festa on Sunday provide great crowds and great atmosphere to top off the event.  The race Grand Finale in Lygon Street will be a buzz with all things Italian and the race winners will be announced a fantastic Finale to a wonderful 4 day event.

‘It really is an event like nothing else’, says Andrew Lawson, who has been lucky enough to enjoy events locally and in North America, Asia and Europe which included the Targa Florio in Sicily last year.

‘Victoria is blessed with great driving roads and fantastic communities… it really is a wonderful experience, so I encourage anyone interested to come and have a look and be part of this Historic motoring event.’


About Targa Florio:

The iconic Targa Florio has been a much-loved tradition and motor event in Sicily since 1906.  Today the Targa Florio is rated one of the world’s top 5 events for classic car enthusiasts.  And because passion has no boundaries, that experience is now enjoyed in Australia!

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute provides car enthusiasts seeking a finer, Lifestyle motoring experience with a 4-day festival that excites and delights all the senses. The 4 day sister competition replicates this unique and traditional event and brings the style, culture and spectacle to Australia with a uniquely local flavour…….La Dolce Vita!


At the time of writing this release there were 5 entries left – for further information

 For press enquiries
Linda Lawson – TFAT
M: +61 431 685 490

Festa di via Verde 2019

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Show’n’Shine your fabulous wheels at
The Festa di via Verde 

Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao
A two-week celebration of Italian Culture in the Yarra Valley 

16 Nov – 1 Dec 2019

A highlight of the Festa di via Verde (Green Street Festival) will be the arrival of the spectacular Targa Florio Australian Tribute on the 3rd day of their Victorian tour. Cars will complete their time trials on River Street and give spectators the opportunity to marvel at the international drivers’ skill and finesse. And you can be part of it!

Do you have a special car to show off at the Festa Show’n’Shine?

The Show ‘n’ Shine will be placed along River Street and in Coronation Park, Healesville. Drivers will be advised on a meeting place prior to the day, where everyone will receive their registration stickers before driving in a convoy along Maroondah Hwy and then into place at the Festa.

The last vehicles in the convoy will be timed for a 12pm arrival at the Festa. Once positioned, vehicles must remain on site until 6pm for the safety of Festa patrons.

Entrants into the 2019 Festa di via Verde Show’n’Shine will be in the running to win these fabulous prizes!

🇮🇹 Entry into the 2019 Targa Florio Australian Tribute representing the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, sponsored by Yarra Ranges Tourism. Value $6500.*

🇮🇹 Penrite Oil products valued at $1000, sponsored by Penrite Oil.

What: Show’n’Shine at the Festa di via Verde
When: Saturday 16 November 2019 from 12 – 6pm
Where: Coronation Park & Green & River Streets, Healesville

In addition to prestigious cars, the Festa will be host to musical entertainment in abundance, cooking demonstrations with author Toby Puttock and The Italianos (of MKR fame), Tarantella dancing, cheese wheel racing, a tomato-throwing competition, go-karts and market stalls serving Italian food and wine for all those needing authentic Italian sustenance.

Watts River Brewing is even putting together their own Italian-style Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao beer. There will be lots of laughing and having a good time.

Stay tuned for more programming details to be announced on the website or Facebook event page.

For convenient and delightful accommodation close to the Festa di via Verde in Healesville try:

  • Graceburn Gardens – Heritage charm with modern comforts in one of Healesville’s grand homes.
  • Tuck Inn – A contemporary B&B without the doilies!

Melbourne Italian Festa 2019

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This year’s Melbourne Italian Festa celebrates all things Italian, entertainment, fun, music, art, sports, food and activities.  We are excited to announce that The Festa has been expanded back into Lygon Street with a great program of activities and entertainment set throughout the day.

To add to the excitement the Festa will welcome the fabulous Targa Florio Australian Tribute as it completes 4 days of competition as the cars are waved over the finish line from 4:00pm.

The Melbourne Italian Festa showcase and celebrate the Italo-Australian community’s ongoing contribution to Melbourne as a multicultural city.

Through the Festa, the values and traditions of Italian art and culture, covering many of regions of Italy, Melbourne thrives in its cultural diversity and as such, we would like to welcome the entire community as we come together and enjoy a celebration of Italian culture together.

10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, 17th November 2019
Lygon Street, Carlton

2019 Event Highlights

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DAY 1:

Event Start – Point Danger, Torquay
We are excited to announce the Start at Point Danger Torquay, with a spectacular backdrop of the ocean, the cars will line up in all their pristine glory before being waved off on their 4 day adventure. After which, they will still be glorious, but may not be as pristine!

Cars will then enjoy the sweeping curves of the Great Ocean Road before looping back to Queenscliff for a well-earned lunch and rest stop in Queenscliff. They will share the stop with the lovely Q Train recently featured on Master Chef, before heading across the bay on the Searoad ferry.

DAY 2:

The beautiful Flinders Village will rise early to watch the cars depart for Hastings then onto Gippsland for lunch, a crowd to cheer us through Korumburra before driving into Phillip Island.  Following a competition stage cars will return to Cowes where the main street will be ready to enjoy the cars and competitors with a street party.

DAY 3:

Leaving from the San Remo Foreshore, the cars head through the Italian community of Mirboo North and to the Haunted Hills track for a fun drive around and lunch. Then taking in some of Victoria’s great driving roads up into the mountains, through Noojee and a competition stage at the Heritage Centre, then back down to the Healesville Festa di Via Verde.  The Healesville event has grown to become a celebration of cars and Italy with 500 cars on display the competition will run in River Street with the whole Yarra Valley celebrating with local produce and wines. What a day this will be!

DAY 4:

The final day sees us dropping past the famous Tooby Pub in Tooborac, lovely driving roads to Mt Macedon, crowds and lunch in Woodend and a drive via Williamstown to a finish at Lygon Street. The Gran Finale will see competitors cheered over the finish line by thousands of people and will be an exciting end to the Melbourne Italian Festa and a great Targa Florio Australian Tribute.

New Digital Home

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Welcome to the new digital home of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute. A destination for all the information and updates relating to this great Lifestyle Motorsport Event. Car enthusiasts including Classic, Ferrari and Supercar owners have participated in this event since its inception in 2017.

The new digital home provides up to date information for both drivers and spectators. A useful feature of the new website can be found on ‘The Route’ page. On this page you’ll find a number of Google Maps outlining the route over the 4 days of the event. Using the Google Maps platform provides an ability for spectators to zoom in to street level and view the roads that will feature in the event*. It also allows event organisers to quickly update any changes necessary to the route. View the best locations for each day alongside each Map. Now everyone can plan for when they can see some of these great cars live and in action.

Fans of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute can refer regularly to the website for updates or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for more information. The Social Media channels of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute are also a great source of information for updates, blogs or videos posted on the new website.

The new digital home of the Targa Florio Australian Tribute contains everything you need to know about this great event for car enthusiasts.

*Note: Route is subject to change,check The Route page regularly for updates.