Press Release – October 2019

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!


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