THE WIN MACHINE
Established in 1906, Sicily’s Targa Florio was originally run over a 92-mile course, later shortened to the 45-mile Piccolo circuit in 1930. Its narrow roads, numerous hairpins and dramatic changes of elevation still resulted in 120mph-plus laps by the start of the 1970s. Its days were numbered...
Italian co-driver. Sure enough, de
Adamich had not gone far when a slower
car blundered into his path. Race over.
This meant that the unofficial “rally” race
between Porsche and Lancia Corse’s works
Stratos, shared by Sandro Munari and
Jean-Claude Andruet, became the battle
for an outright win. The van Lennep/Müller
RSR was leading when its closest rival was
delayed by a broken seat and the margin
of victory after 11laps and 495 miles of
endeavor was more than six minutes. The
other works Porsches were third and sixth.
It wasn’t the greatest Targa, or even
Porsche’s greatest Targa victory. But it was
special because all knew that this thrilling
throwback event would never be the same
again. And nor was it, though it struggled
on independently for four more years.
The 911had grabbed its chance.
(ABOVE) The winning
Porsche Carrera RSR
of Gijs van Lennep and
Herbert Müller blasts
away from the start.
Proximity of spectators
gives a clue as to why
this was its last time as
a Sportscar World
(LEFT) 495 miles later,
the duo (van Lennep on
left) celebrates the win.