None but the brave

In the early days, the Targa Florio was truly a test of endurance for man and machine – much of the 108km Sicilian course being unmetalled and littered with rocks and stones. Of 29 entries, only 15 cars started the 1929 race and just 4 finished. The works Bugatti Type 35C of Ferdinando Minoia, shown here, finished second, just over 2 minutes behind team mate Albert Divo after more than 7 hours of flat out driving. Minoia also set fastest lap from a standing start in a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 17 seconds.


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