Driving the Porsche 911 Targa, the ultimate tanning machine
Between 1956 and 1973, Porsches were victorious in eleven editions of the famously difficult Targa Florio race held on the scrappy roads of Sicily. “Targa” in this context means a placard or trophy, while Florio is the family name of the wealthy Sicilian sportsman who created the race in 1906. Porsche first came up with the structural single roll hoop in 1963 for its planned open 911s when the U.S. market started panicking about the dangers of ragtop cars. Porsche took the name Targa in honor of their Targa Florio successes — which I why I find myself in Italy four decades later in the 2015 Porsche 911 Targa, the newest generation.