Retro: Toine Hezemans are back in the cockpit.  Participating in the Historic Targa Florio

Retro: Toine Hezemans are back in the cockpit. Participating in the Historic Targa Florio


Retro: Toine Hezemans are back in the cockpit. Participating in the Historic Targa Florio

Blood crawls where it cannot go. Toine Hezemans returns to the cockpit at the age of 80. From October 16-19, Toine will participate in the Targa Florio Historic Festival in Sicily with Mark Koense.

Toine Hezemans returns to the cockpit at the age of 80. Today is no longer an exception. Giacomo Agostini was also handling his second or maybe third junior in Assen last weekend.

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Toine Hezemans returning to the cockpit. Participating in the Historic Targa Florio
More than 43 years ago, Toine Hezemans hung his hat on the willows. In 1971 Toine won the world famous Targa Florio with local hero Nino Vaccarella in an Alfa Romeo 33.3 in Sicily. At the age of 80, Toine returns to this hallowed and historic track and drives the Scuderia Real Art On Wheels Porsche 911 with Mark Koense. With this same car, Gianpiero Moretti finished 10th overall in 1969 with Everardo Ostini. In total, Porsche will cover a distance of 720 kilometers or eleven rounds of competition.

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A long time ago in the cockpit of Alfa 33.3.

Toine Hezemans: “Here I had one of my biggest successes and I absolutely could not say no” In the sixties and seventies Toine achieved many great international successes in the European Hill Climb Championship and in the Touring Car and GT competitions. In the 1967 Hockenheim GP for touring and GT cars, Toine’s first international success came with a first-ever victory.

In 1970, the Dutchman became a factory Alfa driver and started in the World Sportscar Championship and the European Touring Car Championship. With four victories he won the European Championship that year with Alfa Romeo GTAM.

His victory in the Targa Florio was followed by victories in the 1000 KM Nürburgring (1977 and 1978), the 24 Hours of Daytona (1978) and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen (1978). In the seventies there were also a large number of starters on the DRM and the self-made Escort and later on with the Loos Porsche 935. Toine also once organized the famous “Crazy Race” with Mende. A historic event for those who saw it. For security reasons, the event did not go ahead.

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The best was the brilliant victory by Nino Vaccarella in 1971.

In 1997 Toine founded the Carsport Holland Team which was on the road with Vipers and Corvettes until 2007. At the same time, both his sons Loris and Liam switched to the EuroNASCAR series. Loris won this championship in 2019 and 2021, while Liam has now followed in his footsteps with the Hendriks Motorsport team after a successful kart career.

Together with Ernst Berg, Toine founded Team HEZEBERG which led to Jacques Villeneuve’s participation in the Daytona 500 where the Canadian managed to grab important prize money.

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European Touring Car Champion in 1970.

And HEZEBERG want to set foot in the NASCAR series. In addition to Loris’ Ford Mustang, former F-1 driver Daniil Kvyat has been hired for selected events. He drives a Toyota Camry that APP company developed its own engine. The first participation was promising.
In addition to his racing activities, Toine was also a successful entrepreneur in the diamond business and real estate.

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2022 HEZEBERG. Focus on NASCAR.