Fritz Kaiser on the Eco Targa Florio 2012: “We look forward to a very special atmosphere”

Mr. Kaiser, what car will you be driving in the Eco Targa Florio 2012?

We’ll be driving a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America in Sicily. Pininfarina created this roadster for the American market and came up with a real design masterpiece: a car with no door handles and a panoramic windshield similar to the one used on classic Italian Riva boats. It’s now a very rare model, only 240 were made between 1954 and 1957. And 50 of them were lost when the Andrea Doria sank on its way to America. The car has a 2451cc V6 engine, delivering 118 BHP, and a 4-speed manual gearbox. It’s great fun to drive.

What thoughts go through your head as the car is being transported to Sicily?

I just hope our car gets to Palermo in one piece.

What especially do you like about Sicily and the Eco Targa Florio 2012?

There’s no doubt that the Targa Florio was and continues to be unique. We can look forward to a very special atmosphere with interesting people and fantastic cars. But I’m also looking forward to the beauty of Sicily’s countryside and its wonderful buildings – la bella Italia.

And is there anything you are concerned about?

My wife Birgit and I are pretty new to this business and don’t have much rallying experience. In particular, we’ve never driven against the clock in a regularity race, and in Sicily there will be 50 separate regularity stages. We’ll just have to see how that goes for us!

 

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