Presentazione e recensione The Belle Époque of the Targa Florio racer 1895-1914

The belle Epoque

Forse qualcuno fra gli appassionati ricordera’ la storia di David Biggins, un grande tifoso del nostro Felice Nazzaro determinato a celebrare il centenario del suo trionfo alla Targa Florio – Giro di Sicilia del 1913. David non solo e’ riuscito nell’impresa, ma ha realizzato un vero e proprio film documentario che rivive quell’epopea attraverso l’esperienza di un viaggio in Sicilia di un gruppo di appassionati Inglesi a bordo delle loro auto centenarie.
Nato come preludio al film documentario, e’ gia’ in vendita il libro che narra le esperienze durante le riprese sulle Madonie. Illustrato magistralmente dalle immagini artistiche di Becca Parker, il volume comprende anche una ricca rappresentazione fotografica delle prime edizioni della Targa Florio e ripropone estratti, pertinenti al periodo, del grande classico pubblicato da W.F.Bradley nel 1955. Un’intera sezione e’ dedicata alle vetture protagoniste del film, una combinazione di veicoli piu’ o meno originali e, alcuni, interamente ricreati.

Nel libro, entrambi i presentatori del documentario, Alain De Cadenet e Francesco Da Mosto, offrono un loro contributo. Alain De Cadenet e’ stato pilota, manager e costruttore, Francesco Da Mosto protagonista di numerosi documentari della BBC dedicati alla nostra bella Italia. Personaggi di questo calibro offrono sempre una prospettiva unica, per la loro ricchezza di esperienze e il loro enorme patrimonio culturale. Il libro, uscito a Dicembre del 2013, e’ dedicato all’Automobile Club di Palermo nell’occasione del suo centenario e, come il documentario, vuole essere un tributo alla Sicilia e alla memoria di Vincenzo Florio e Felica Nazzaro. In Italia e’ disponibile presso la C&C di Faenza (Tel.0546-22112 oppure www.epocauto.it)The Belle Époque (The Beautiful Age) coincides with the period of Edwardian extravagance so well depicted in the now famous TV series “Downton Abbey”. During this era at the turn of the 20th century, Paris was  the epicentre  of  fashion and art , London of society and class, Vienna of intellectual activity.  New York’s  own golden age was based on money, that classic American value!There was an ebullient atmosphere everywhere , decadent and magnificient at the same time, coinciding with the momentous changes brought by modern inventions including wireless comunication, the automobile, and the airplane.  The privileged and moneyed classes enjoyed  lives of extravagant luxury  in sharp contrast to the  desperate lives of the under classes, urban and rural.  This contrast was even more evident in Sicily, where so many still endured medieval conditions. Palermo was one of Europe’s capitals of the period, visited regularly by royalty including the Czar of Russia and Germany’s Kaiser.During those same years Vincenzo Florio, scion of Sicily’s leading family,  created his eponymous race, the Targa Florio. He was only 23 when its first edition took place in 1906, but the honor commitee  included the presidents of the Automobile Clubs of the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Florio intended Sicily to be at the center of the blossoming new world of auto racing . He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, and his story is being made into a movie titled ” Pistons, Passions & Sicilian Pleasures”. It will recount the early life of Vincenzo Florio and his friend and protege’ Felice Nazzaro, destined to become one of the greatest drivers of all time.As a prelude to the release of the film, Upfolds Publishing announces the publication of the companion book for release in December 2013.

The book narrates the experience of making this film. It is rich in illustration both historical and modern. The photographic artist Becca Parker captures both the beautiful landscapes of Sicily and the excitement of one hundred year old racing cars, reliving the passions of the Targa Florio, the oldest race in the world.

 

The book is a hard covered coffee table style in high definition. It is priced to sell at £30 plus Post & Packing to worldwide destinations.

To place your order, please send an email to orders@upfolds.com with the

 

following information:

 

Your full name

Your full address, including post code / zip code

A telephone number for the delivery

How many copies of the book you would like to order.

Alternatively, please call Faye Stenson on +44 (0)203 239 7991 to place your order.

We will then send you an invoice by email showing the full amount payable, including packing and postage to your location. The invoice will also include full details about how to pay by B.A.C.S., cheque, PayPal or International Bank Transfer. As soon as we receive your full payment, we will ship your book.

 

Orders taken in December 2013 will now be delivered in January 2014.

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