Targa Florio. Day 1.

I took an hour or so to program ‘farina’ on the GaugePilot powered up in the hotel and fitted the drivers screen ready to start at 08.44. 

A chaotic start in Palermo soon saw us out of town and into the hills via a fast autostrada run. The scenery was amazing but difficult to photograph as my view from the waist high Lotus is at Armco height!  

A bit of foresight spotted a gap here and there;

We passed through some amazing villages with very narrow streets, how some CanAm cars went here in the late 60s is incredible.

The Lotus has a very poor lock as the wheels are covered by the front bodywork and sometimes a three point turn was required.

In some of the villages there were timed sections. Sensor tubes are laid across the road and you are supposed to cross them precisely at predetermined intervals timed to the 0.001 second…..

A convential 40kph regularity was also included but as the organisers gave us no measured distance to calibrate to, its not possible to be properly accurate.

All was going really well until the clutch would not engage drive,  a recurring problem I thought had been rectified with a ‘stop’ to eliminate over travel. A short cooling period solved it for a couple of km but it just got worse. We nursed the car to the lunch halt but after a further hour cooling off it was still bad and a recovery truck was called.

There could be worse places to be…  

With the car back in Palermo it seems nothing can be done and the car will be shipped home for the engine to be removed and a thorough diagnosis done.

Hopefully no major damage has been done.


About James Ewing

Cars are my passion in my business and private life. I run James Ewing Limited - International Brokers of Collectors Cars and I also have a successful restoration business. I navigate on classic rallies in the UK and europe and in my time have competed in many types of motorsport. At home we have an interesting collection of micro/mini cars, a 1958 Renault 4cv, 1962 Fiat 600d Multipla and a 1967 Subaru 360. All in all I spend most of my time 'dickingaroundwitholdcars'
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1 Response to Targa Florio. Day 1.

  1. James

    That’s a real shame.


    Sent from my iPhone


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