The Jalopnik Guide To Driving In Sicily

Forget everything you know about Sicily. Yes, the economy is in shambles and the mafia is still alive and well there. But for you, the auto-tourist, these things don't matter. Somehow, this Mediterranean island emerged from centuries of outside domination and feudal rule into the automobile age, whereupon it became a… » 12/25/12 3:00pm 12/25/12 3:00pm

This Might Be The World's Only Hand-Controlled Porsche 356 Speedster

Cefalù, Sicily — Vincent Tourneur always dug Porsches. They're fast, they're sleek, they win races. But when he stepped out of an aircraft one day only to find that the landing stairs hadn't yet been placed in front of the plane's hatch, the resulting fall rendered him a paraplegic. » 11/07/12 4:30pm 11/07/12 4:30pm

This Is What Happens When You Try To Randomly Join A Classic Car Race

Palermo, Sicily — My grandfather grew up in Sicily, and I've been listening to his stories about watching the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia for years. I thought those legendary Gran Tourismo races had long ago gone the way of the dodo, but I thought wrong. » 10/19/12 4:30pm 10/19/12 4:30pm

These Dutch Sisters Broke Into The Good Old Boys Vintage Car Racing…

Palermo, Sicily — Vintage car racing is, for the most part, a good old boys club; the emphasis being on 'old' and 'boys.' But there are exceptions, and a few popped up at this weekend's Targa Florio vintage car race in Sicily. » 10/16/12 4:00pm 10/16/12 4:00pm

How A Little Old Italian Mama In A Fiat Beat Million-Dollar Exotics In …

Palermo, Sicily — The Targa Florio was one of the world's first car races, and even though it took a nap for a few decades, it's back. Only now, little old ladies and white haired old men can compete in cars that were racing the course when they were young. » 10/15/12 4:00pm 10/15/12 4:00pm

A Driver At The Targa Florio Crashed His Brand New $300,000 Ferrari FF

Cesarò, Sicily — Another day, another China-related Ferrari accident, this time at a race in Sicily. Not that China and its citizenry have more Ferrari problems than others, but China is flush with new money. That means Ferrari related incidents are an inevitable facet of life there now. » 10/15/12 2:20pm 10/15/12 2:20pm

How to parallel park a 1968 Alfa Romeo racing prototype

Connoisseurs of vintage Top Gear clips will know that parallel parking a big, mid-engined Italian supercar—say, a Lamborghini Countach—is a chore. The same cannot be said of big, mid-engined Italian race cars, like this Alfa Romeo 33/2. And when its owner was kind enough to accept a hand, Jalopnik was there to help. » 7/12/11 4:00pm 7/12/11 4:00pm