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1924 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio

Chassis no. TF11
Engine no. 110RS
Coachbuilder Riva
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1924
Press review: Fusi Luigi, "Le Grandi Antenate", Unknown , 1924
27th April 1924
Event: Coppa Florio
Locality: Palermo (IT)
Race number: #11
Driver: Giulio Masetti (IT)
Results / Prizes: 2nd OA
Time: 8:26'03.6"
Note: Targa Florio + 1 lap.
27th April 1924
Event: Targa Florio
Circuit: Medio Circuito Madonie
Locality: Palermo (IT)
Race number: #11
Class: 3000 cc / 4500 cc
Driver: Giulio Masetti (IT)
Results / Prizes: 2nd OA / 1st CL
Time: 6:41'04"
Note: Circuito Medio delle Madonie (4 laps x 108 km = 432 km).
1925
1st body
Coachbuilder: A. E. Leadbetter
Type: Roadster / Spider
From 19th March 1925
to 5th July 1925
Owner: ALFA ROMEO BRITISH SALES (GB)
Famous owner: The first official importer of Alfa Romeo in United Kingdom (owner F.W. Stiles)
Note: Car colour: Shell Granite. Change rated 23,8 - 6 cylinder, 80 mm (1925, May 14). Englishman F.W. Stiles decided to extend his holiday and travelled to Milan to visit the Alfa Romeo factory. After being welcomed by company owner Nicola Romeo, Stiles was offered the sole agency for Alfa Romeo in Great Britain. He also bought this“rather special” 22/90 RLTF, in chassis form without equipment. Recalled Stiles: “This car had a radiator lower and narrower than that of the standard cars, a Hele-Shaw steel multi-plate clutch and a lightened chassis, while the engine, of standard dimensions, had a specially balanced seven-bearing crankshaft and raised compression ratio.” Stiles had the car fitted with a light two-seater pointed-tail sports body by A. E. Leadbetter of Marsham Street, London SW1, registering it as “XX 5060” in March 1925. Stiles’s policy was to loan the Alfa to amateur drivers, registering it in their names for a few weeks (as owners) so that they could take part in sporting events.
19th March 1925
Plate: XX5060
Country: Unknown nationality
19th March 1925
Identification document: Registration Book
28th March 1925
Event: Kop Hill Climb
Locality: Princes Risborough (GB)
Driver: Charles Coe (GB)
Results / Prizes: 3rd OA / 1st CL
Note: Organised by Essex Motor Club. Car colour: shell granite. FTD and racing car class HOD: 1st Seagrave 2 litre GP Sunbeam 28.8 secs, 2nd Francis Given's Bugatti Cordon Bleu 31.2 secs, 3rd Maj CG Coe Alfa Romeo and Oates' Ansaldo 33.2 secs Other classes: - 1st Major Coe Alfa Romeo 33 secs, 2nd BS Marshall Bugatti 40.8 secs; - 1st Major Coe A/R 33.2 secs, 2nd EL Meeson Vauxhall 30/98 36 secs;
From 6th July 1925
to 9th August 1925
Owner: Hugh Rodger Walker (GB)
From 10th August 1925
to 5th July 1926
Owner: ALFA ROMEO BRITISH SALES (GB)
Famous owner: Owner F.W. Stiles
Note: Change rated 21,6 - 6 cylinder, 76 mm (1925, August 10)
From 6th July 1926
to 30th July 1926
Owner: Charles G. Coe (GB)
Note: Car colour: Gold and Black line (1926, July 9). Change rated 23,8 - 6 cylinder, 80 mm (1926, July 6)
11th July 1926
Event: Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Locality: Worcester (GB)
Class: Class: Amateur over 3000 cc.
Driver: Charles Coe (GB)
Results / Prizes: 2nd CL
Note: Car colour: shell granite.
From 31st July 1926
to 31st December 1926
Owner: ALFA ROMEO BRITISH SALES (GB)
Famous owner: Owner F.W. Stiles
2nd August 1926
Event: Brooklands August Bank Holiday Meeting
Locality: Brookland (GB)
Driver: Victorio Rosa (AR)
Results / Prizes: DNS
Note: Car with 3600 cc engine. Car colour: gold. Rosa, an Alfa Romeo works driver, lapped at around 115 mph.
4th September 1926
Event: Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Locality: Worcester (GB)
Class: Class 5: Sports cars - From 2,001 to 3,000 cc. Class 6: Racing Car - Unlimited.
Driver: Victorio Rosa (AR)
Results / Prizes: 1st in class 6 | 3rd in class 5
Time: 68,4 secs - 57,4 secs
Note: Car colour: gold.
October 1926
Press review: Unknown, "Sensational Hill Climbing At Shelsley Walsh", Motor Sport , 10-1926, pp. 127
From 1st January 1927
to 11th July 1927
Owner: Lord Inverforth (GB)
Famous owner: Inverforth is a english shipowner
From 12th July 1927
to 25th April 1928
Owner: Andrew Alexander Morton Weir (GB)
Note: Car colour: Blue (1927, July 30). The car was registered to the Hon. Alexander Morton Weir, heir to the wealthy shipowner Lord Inverforth, who kept it until the following April, when it reverted to British Alfa Romeo Sales.
26th April 1928
Owner: ALFA ROMEO BRITISH SALES (GB)
Famous owner: Owner F.W. Stiles
From May 1928
to 1932
Owner: A. E. Linsley (GB)
Note: Partially exchanged for a 1924 Bugatti Type 23 "Brescia modifiée". At that stage it had reverted to the 3.0-litre engine, giving it a top speed just short of 100 mph, with 75 mph available on third. Recalled Linsley: “I kept this car for four years, and enjoyed many thousands of miles of delightful motoring.”
From 1932
to 1936
Owner: Rawlings (GB)
Note: Exchanged for Bugatti Type 55. Rawlings was a coach proprietor.
From 1936
to December 1938
Owner: Leo E. Flatt (GB)
Note: It was by then in a very poor state, with damage to front mudguards, lamps, gearbox and carburettors. Spares being unobtainable, Flatt bought a 22/90 saloon as a donor car. He replaced the close-ratio gearbox of the TF car with the standard ‘box of the saloon, regretting the loss of the racer’s close-ratio third speed. He also replaced the triple-diffuser Zenith carburettors with twin 52mm SUs. Flatt fitted new front mudguards and lamps and replaced the split wooden dash with a cast aluminium instrument panel. He believed that the safe rev limit was the same – 3,600 rpm – as on the standard four-bearing engine until a letter from an Alfa Romeo works driver informed him that the seven-bearing engine could safely be taken up to 5,000 rpm. Wellbase wheels were another modification, 5.25x21 in the front and 6.00x21 at the rear, with a pair of 6.00x18 rear wheels in reserve for sprints. He drove it at Brooklands “for amusement” on a non-race day in company with special builder R.A. Waddy, completing several flying laps at 110 mph by hand timing.
From 9th July 1938
to 11th July 1938
Event: Lewes Speed Trials
Locality: Lewes (GB)
Driver: Leo E. Flatt (GB)
Results / Prizes: DNF
Note: It suffered from fuel problems.
From December 1938
to June 1943
Owner: Boreham (GB)
Note: Mr Boreham of Crawley requested that it should be slightly detuned before he took delivery, so the updraught Zeniths from the saloon were fitted in place of the Sus
June 1940
Press review: Unknown, "The Reminiscences Of H. L. Biggs", Motor Sport , no. 6, 06-1940, pp. 112
June 1943
Press review: Unknown, "Club News", Motor Sport , no. 6, 06-1943, pp. 126
From 18th January 1944
to 21st February 1945
Owner: Alfred Clarence Wincop (GB)
Note: Car colour: Cellulose Red. Alfred “Twink” Whincop and his wife Monica were great vintage enthusiasts and close friends of Bill Boddy of Motor Sport, who had shared many motoring adventures in search of ancient and interesting cars with them before the war. In June 1943, Bill Boddy reported that “The Whincops have added the ‘22/90’ Alfa-Romeo two-seater which we recently mentioned to their stable”.
March 1944
Press review: Unknown, "Cars I Have Owned", Motor Sport , no. 3, 03-1944, pp. 52
20th September 1944
Identification document: Registration Book
From 22nd February 1945
to 21st December 1945
Owner: John Godrich (GB)
From 22nd December 1945
to 6th March 1950
Owner: Walter Allan (GB)
From 7th March 1950
to 1969
Owner: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Famous owner: Leader controls group European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, 1971-1977, division leader, 1977-1978, director accelerator division, 1979-1980. Associated with birth accelerator of particles LEP and the creation of touch screens
Note: Early in 1950 someone tipped off that great motoring connoisseur Michael Crowley-Milling of Alderley Edge in Cheshire that Walter Allan planned to convert the historic Alfa into “the fastest shooting brake in the country”. Crowley-Milling hastened to Hull, where he managed to persuade Allan to give him the car in exchange for a Talbot 105 shooting brake. The Alfa’s body, not too badly damaged, was rescued from the scrap heap, and car, body and several tea-chests of assorted parts were taken to Knutsford, where Crowley-Milling had garage space, and a five-year restoration began
18th June 1955
Event: VSCC Oulton Park
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Note: Vintage Sport Car Club in Outlon Park Circuit.
10th September 1955
Event: VSCC Goodwood
Locality: West Sussex (GB)
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Results / Prizes: 16th in Acceleration test | 26th in Garaging test | 8th in Bending test
Note: 21st Anniversary of the Vintage Sport Car Club in Goodwood Circuit. Bending test time: 31,2". Garaging test time: 44,8". Acceletation test time: 15,8"
October 1955
Press review: Unknown, "A V.s.c.c. Occasion", Motor Sport , no. 10, 10-1955, pp. 626
20th March 1956
Event: Sebring 12 Hours Sport Cars Race
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Note: Race: 16 lap handicap. It raced in this event organized as collateral race of Sebring 12 Hours.
21st April 1956
Event: VSCC Silverstone
Locality: Silverstone (GB)
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Note: Event 5: 16 lap handicap.
May 1956
Press review: Unknown, "The Type Rl Alfa Romeos", Unknown , 05-1956, pp. 10
May 1956
Press review: Unknown, "Goodwood Members' Meeting", Motor Sport , no. 5, 05-1956, pp. 243
23rd June 1956
Event: VSCC Oulton Park
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
From 1st January 1960
to 1st January 1969
Event: Shelsley Walsh
Locality: Unknown city (GB)
Race number: #61
25th June 1960
Event: VSCC Oulton Park
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
August 1960
Press review: Unknown, "Veteran-edwardian- Vintage", Motor Sport , no. 8, 08-1960, pp. 647
22nd June 1963
Event: The Richard Seaman Trophies Meeting
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Results / Prizes: 2nd CL
Note: The Richard Seaman Trophies Meeting (12 laps - Oulton Park). Class: Vintage Racing Cars.
22nd May 1964
Event: Rally della Laguna
Locality: Venezia (IT)
Note: 5th International Fiame Rally - Rally della Laguna
2nd June 1966
Event: Rally internazionale Alfa Romeo Vetture d'Epoca
Locality: Unknown city (IT)
Race number: #2
Driver: Michael Crowley Milling (GB)
Results / Prizes: 4th OA / ## Premio per la vettura più antica
Note: I Rally Internazionale Alfa Romeo Vetture d'Epoca After this event long-term Alfa Romeo designer-engineer and historian Luigi Fusi, who had worked with Merosi, learnt with regret that the car had lost its original close-ratio gearbox, had two new constant-mesh pinions made from his original drawings and presented them to Crowley-Milling.
25th June 1966
Event: The Richard Seaman Trophies Meeting
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
Results / Prizes: 1st CL
July 1966
Press review: Lurani Giovanni, "La Sagra Di Giugno Delle Vetture D'epoca", Unknown , 07-1966, pp. 99
From September 1966
to 31st October 1966
Press review: Smith James P., "1° Rally Internazionale Alfa Romeo Vetture D'epoca", Antique Automobile , no. 5, 09-1966, pp. 45
15th April 1967
Event: International Spring Cup Race Meeting
Locality: Little Budworth (GB)
Results / Prizes: DNF
Note: The increased performance available with the new gearing proved too much for the engine, which put a connecting rod through the crankcase on the car’s first competitive outing.
From 1969
to 20th January 1995
Owner: Giovanni Giovannino Lurani Cernuschi (IT)
Famous owner: Italian automobile engineer, racing car driver and journalist. Also, he was Conte di Calvenzano
Note: Johnny Lurani painstakingly restored the car to its 1924 Targa Florio configuration, with a body built by the Carrozziera Riva of Merate in Como who had bodied his 1935 500cc record-breaker “Nibbio”
1969
2nd and current body
Coachbuilder: Riva
Type: Sport and Barchetta
Colour: Red
From 10th May 1973
to 13th May 1973
Event: Targa Florio Storica Automobile Club Palermo Registro Vetture Alfa Romeo
Race number: #22
Driver: Giorgio Lurani (IT)
Co-Driver: Francisca A.K.A. Cica Lurani (IT)
Note: Organized by Automobile Club Palermo and Registro Storico Alfa Romeo.
1974
Generic fact: Other photos
3rd September 1975
Event: 50° del 1° Campionato del Mondo
Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Locality: Monza (IT)
Note: Organized by RIAR.
21st August 1977
Event: Grand Prix de Montreux Retrospective
Circuit: Grand Prix de Montreux 
Locality: Montreux (CH)
1979
Event: Unknown
Race number: #2
Driver: Giorgio Lurani (IT)
Co-Driver: Sergio Mantovani (IT)
Note: Historic revival race.
1979
Event: Raduno Sanremo Auto d'Epoca
Locality: Unknown city (IT)
Race number: #10
Driver: Giorgio Lurani (IT)
January 1985
Press review: Braden Pat, "Note Brevi", Alfa Owner- the official publication of the Alfa Romeo Owners club , no. 1, 01-1985, pp. 6
1985
Event: Unknown
Driver: Giorgio Lurani (IT)
Co-Driver: Sergio Mantovani (IT)
September 1985
Press review: Unknown, "Foto Di Copertina", La Manovella , no. 1, 09-1985, pp. 1
July 1994
Bibliography: De Boer John, The Italian Car Registry - John Fulton De Boer , Unknown publisher, n.p. 1994
From January 1995
to 2014
Owner: Lurani's Family (IT)
Note: Heir to the Count Giovanni Lurani
1999
Generic fact: Other photos
From 5th June 1999
to 6th June 1999
Event: Coppa Intereuropa
Circuit: Autodromo di Monza
Locality: Monza (IT)
Race number: #2
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Results / Prizes: Magic of Classic
From July 1999
to August 1999
Press review: Stassano Andrea,campi Massimo, "Monza, Tempio Classico", Ruoteclassiche , no. 130, 07-1999, pp. 32
2000
Event: Varese Campo dei Fiori
Locality: Varese (IT)
Race number: #22
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
September 2000
Press review: Campi Massimo, "Navigatori D'acqua Dolce", Ruoteclassiche , no. 142, 09-2000, pp. 140
21st January 2001
Event: Coppa Monza
Locality: Monza (IT)
Race number: #4
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Terry Hefty (US)
Note: Category: Regolarità Auto Storiche.
June 2001
Press review: Riccetti Marisella, "L'ultimo Dei Corridori Puri", Ruoteclassiche , no. 151, 06-2001, pp. 22
10th June 2001
Event: Targa Florio Rievocazione
Locality: Palermo (IT)
Race number: #201
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Note: Circuito delle Madonie.
October 2001
Press review: Unknown, "Emozioni Da Formula 1", Ruoteclassiche , no. 154, 10-2001, pp. 136
January 2002
Press review: Denti Roberto, "La Corsa Delle 10.000 Curve", Ruoteclassiche , no. 157, 01-2002, pp. 122
From 2nd May 2002
to 5th May 2002
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #6
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Massimo Crovetto (IT)
Results / Prizes: DNF
From 22nd May 2003
to 25th May 2003
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #5
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Massimo Crovetto (IT)
Results / Prizes: 213th OA
From 14th June 2003
to 15th June 2003
Event: Vernasca Silver Flag
Locality: Castell'Arquato (IT)
Race number: #137
Class: Pre-war
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
From 6th May 2004
to 9th May 2004
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #11
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Massimo Crovetto (IT)
Results / Prizes: 97th OA
From 2nd July 2010
to 4th July 2010
Event: Goodwood Festival of Speed
Locality: West Sussex (GB)
Race number: #42
November 2010
Event: Coppa di Sicilia
Locality: Unknown city (IT)
Note: Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio sn TF11 appears in ‘Coppa di Sicilia’: an exclusive short film specially commissioned and screened at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Cinema Maranello. The period short film has just been awarded an Ottocar by the international automotive film and multimedia festival AutoVision at the 2011 International Auto Show in Frankfurt. Ottocar trophies are annually awarded to the most outstanding productions in automotive films, with this year laudeing for their high quality of production and focus on story telling.
4th June 2011
Event: Le Veterane sulle strade dei vini
Locality: Alessandria (IT)
Race number: #4
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Federico Goettsche (IT)
Results / Prizes: 37th OA
Note: XXI Rievocazione Circuito Bordino
13th July 2011
Event: Ennstal-Classic
Locality: Unknown city (AT)
Race number: #1
Driver: Michael Goettsche (IT)
Co-Driver: Federico Goettsche (IT)
Results / Prizes: 201st OA
August 2011
Press review: Anerdi Umberto, "Veterane Sulle Strade Dei Vini E Rievocazione Del Circuito Bordino", La Manovella , no. 8, 08-2011, pp. 92
2014
Plate: BW186KF
Country: IT
From 2014
to currently
Owner: Private collection
Note: Private portfolio n°151
April 2014
Generic fact: Other photos
April 2014
Restoration: Photo Interiors
16th April 2014
Event: Prospero Gianferrari. Un uomo del Portello
Locality: Milano (IT)
Note: Book presentation at Piazza Portello - Milan.
May 2014
Press review: Unknown, "Rare 1924 Rl Targa Florio Sold", Alfanatic , 05-2014, pp. 11
May 2014
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
June 2014
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
June 2014
Restoration: Photo body and assembly
From June 2014
to June 2014
Event: Le mitiche sport a Bassano
Locality: Bassano (IT)
Race number: #3
Driver: Venanzio Fonte (US)
Co-Driver: M. Ruscitti (IT)
Results / Prizes: 28th OA
July 2014
Press review: Unknown author, "Assemblea Riar 2014", Il Quadrifoglio , no. 8, 07-2014, pp. 32
August 2014
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
October 2014
Press review: Unknown, "Campari's Road-races", Classic & Sport Car , no. 10, 10-2014, pp. 110
From 23rd October 2014
to 26th October 2014
Event: Auto e Moto d'Epoca
Locality: Padova (IT)
Note: Displayed at Circolo Veneto Automoto d'Epoca stand.
November 2014
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
10th November 2014
Press review: Unknown, "Fiera Di Padova", C.V.A.E , 11-2014, pp. 1
December 2014
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
December 2014
Press review: Unknown author, "Asi Protagonista A Padova", La Manovella , no. 12, 12-2014, pp. 12
From December 2014
to 31st January 2015
Press review: Unknown, "Fine Anno Tempo Di Bilanci", C.V.A.E , 12-2014, pp. 1
6th December 2014
Event: RIAR - Assemblea Nazionale
Locality: Milano (IT)
Driver: Venanzio Fonte (US)
Note: Displayed at "Università Statale di Milano".
January 2015
Restoration: Photo chassis engine - mechanics
April 2015
Generic fact: Other photos
From 18th June 2015
to 21st June 2015
Event: Le mitiche sport a Bassano
Locality: Bassano (IT)
Race number: #1
Driver: Venanzio Fonte (US)
Co-Driver: Nathaniel Weaver (US)
Results / Prizes: 39th OA
Note: Displayed at "Università Statale di Milano".
From 5th May 2016
to 8th May 2016
Event: Targa Florio Classic
Locality: Palermo (IT)
Race number: #11
Driver: Venanzio Fonte (US)
From 16th June 2016
to 19th June 2016
Event: La Leggenda di Bassano - Trofeo Giannino Marzotto
Locality: Romano D'ezzelino (IT)
Race number: #1
From 20th October 2016
to 23rd October 2016
Event: Auto e Moto d'Epoca
Locality: Padova (IT)
Note: Displayed at ACI stand.
From 22nd June 2018
to 25th June 2018
Event: La Leggenda di Bassano
Locality: Pove del Grappa (IT)
November 2018
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Mille Miglia's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume I , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2018
2022
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Targa Florio's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume I , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2022
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1st and current chassis no. tf11
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1st and current engine no. 110rs
Manufacturer: ALFA ROMEO (IT)