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Targa Tasmania is an exciting International Classic. A tarmac rally with competitive stages on closed roads for the best touring, sports and GT cars in the world. It's inaugural year was in April 1992 when Tasmania hosted this distinguished International motoring Classic.

The competition concept is drawn directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse. However, Targa Tasmania is not a slow-motion re-run. It is a genuine "red-blooded" motor sport competition. It is also a unique annual opportunity for the owners of sports cars and GTs to drive them the way they were designed to be driven, on some of the most exciting and challenging tarmac roads in the world.

Targa Tasmania caters for up to 300 select cars. Entries are selected from Applications to Compete, by a Vehicle Selection Committee. Invitations to Compete in each year's Event are announced on a progressive basis from August through to February (close of applications).

Targa Tasmania has established itself as an annual event, conducted in April each year. The present format is to conduct the event over six days (including a Prologue) on some 2,000 kilometres of tarmac roads.

Targa Tasmania entrants comprise a wide range of media-attracting personalities including former World Champions and other well-known motor sport competitors from both Australia and overseas, as well as national and international celebrities. In short, this is not only a competitive motor sport event, it is a unique commercial and tourist attraction capturing the imagination of the Australian public as well as the national and international motor sport fraternity.

Tourism Tasmania has announced that more than 200,000 people per annum watch Targa Tasmania each year over the six days, while an international viewing audience of over 480 million has been estimated for each event.

Targa Tasmania has the support and backing of the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance. The Tasmanian Government rates this special event as having a substantial commercial contribution as well and being a major tourist attraction to the State, and active support is provided by Events Tasmania. Thus, Targa Tasmania is another example of the successful partnership between the Government and Motor Sport, attracting between $8 and $12 million new tourist dollars to Tasmania each year.

The goal of organisers and the Tasmanian Government has been achieved - to see Targa Tasmania develop into the premier motor sport event of it's type in Australia, ranking alongside the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne and the Indy cars in Queensland.

Pure Tasmania is a Major Partner of Targa Tasmania – a relationship which stretches back to the very origins of this iconic event.  If you’ve competed in Targa Tasmania before, you’ll be familiar with the strong involvement of Pure Tasmania and the Federal Group’s two entertainment properties, Wrest Point and Country Club Tasmania.  If you’re new to the Targa family, contact Pure Tasmania for the best in tourism accommodation and experiences at Tasmania’s icon destinations of Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet Peninsula and Hobart.  Whether you’re planning a recce visit, a holiday, or need to reserve your accommodation for the next Targa Tasmania, contact Pure Tasmania.


Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based rally event held on the island state of Tasmania, Australia, annually since 1992. The event takes its name from the Targa Florio, a former motoring event held on the island of Sicily. The competition concept is drawn directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse.

Rally format

The rally started as a five day event, and was run as a six day event for the tenth anniversary in 2001. From 2002 it reverted back to its five day course. 2006 was the 15th anniversary.

    * Leg 0 (prologue) - George Town to Launceston.
    * Leg 1 The Northern loop - Launceston - Devonport - Launceston
    * Leg 2 The North east loop - Launceston - Bicheno - Hobart
    * Leg 3 The Southern loop - Hobart - Cygnet - Hobart
    * Leg 4 Hobart to Mole Creek to Burnie
    * Leg 5 The West Coast Enduro - Burnie - Queenstown - Hobart

The 2008 course has been substantially revised, a number of well liked stages from years previous years are used (Bastyn Dam / Reece Dam), and a number of all new stages will be run (Mt Claude and Rossarden). The Leg 3 Southern Loop has been dropped by shortening Leg 2 East Coast day ending back in Launceston (rather than Hobart). Leg 3 is another loop north out of Launceston (running through Devonport on this day). Leg 4 now runs from Launceston through the lunch stop at Burnie to the evening end at Strahan. Disappointingly the definitive test of driver skill, Fern Glade, has been dropped after just one year. It remains the longest tarmac rally in Australia with no repeated stages. Although this year for the first time a couple of stages will share the same piece of road in opposite directions on consecutive days.

The Targa is one of several Tarmac Rally events to be held in Australia. It also has had international connections with Targa New Zealand and Targa NewFoundland which have evolved since the inception of Targa Tasmania.

List of past winners

Modern Competition

Year       Driver            Vehicle
1992    Greg Crick         Honda NSX
1993    Greg Crick         Honda NSX
1994    Andrew Miedecke    Porsche 944
1995    Neal Bates         Toyota Celica GT-Four
1996    Jim Richards       Porsche
1997    Jim Richards       Porsche
1998    Jim Richards       Porsche
1999    Peter Fitzgerald
2000    Jim Richards       Porsche
2001    Jim Richards       Porsche
2002    Jim Richards       Porsche
2003    Jim Richards       Porsche
2004    Tony Sullens
2005    John White
2006    Jim Richards       2003 Porsche 911 GT2 CS
2007    Tony Sullens       1999 Subaru Impreza WRX R
2008    Steve Glenney      2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

Classic Competition

Year       Driver            Vehicle
2006    Morris             1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
2007    Broadbent          1974 Porsche 911 RS
2008    Broadbent          1974 Porsche 911 RS

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I'll be doing this for the 1st time in 09. (R34 GTR)

I see someone has also entered a F360CS. Cudos to whom-ever that is. It'd be a big challenge in that car (excuse the pun!)

James and I have been practising pace notes in one at Mt Buller and it would be a handfull at full speeds thats for sure.

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Dutton W.A. '07 Runner-Up Dutton Vic '07 Champion Targa Tas '09 Rookie Modern Champion

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I love the hilariously over-estimated viewing audiences these events claim - 480 million?  Is that all?  :p

Offline AshSimmonds

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The mini-targa is done - hopefully Beama will be along soon to yak about it.

Garwood wins Targa Wrest Point

Launceston driver Greg Garwood has held on to take a nail-biting win in the inaugural Targa Wrest Point, which finished in Hobart today.

Driving a 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Garwood and his Queensland co-driver, John Allen, fought a day-long battle with the 2008 Nissan GTR of Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett, eventually winning by just three seconds.

Another Tasmanian driver, Jason White, also put in a determined drive over the event’s final five stages. He finished just 12 seconds from victory in his 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.

South Australia’s Steve Glenney was easily the quickest of the Classic cars. He and co-driver, Bernie Webb, took their 1981 Holden Commodore to a commanding three minute victory over Peter Eames and Will Logan in a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.

Day two of Targa Wrest Point was run under partly cloudy skies, and took in five stages totalling 52 competitive kilometres.

Garwood and Allen held an overnight lead of 14 seconds, but from the very first stage Quinn started reducing the gap in the big Nissan GTR.

The Queenslander continued his attack and with just one stage remaining, had reduced the gap to two seconds. However, Garwood held his nerve, increasing his winning margin to three seconds by the finish at Wrest Point.

“Naturally we’re delighted with the win,” Garwood said.

“We had to push hard today on every stage, with Tony (Quinn) breathing down our necks and the Whites making a charge.

“I couldn’t have done this without John (Allen), who has been faultless with the notes all weekend. I just listened to the notes, the car went well, and we’ve held it together. But I can’t give enough credit to John.

“I’m really looking forward to Targa. We’ve been up there in the past on the podium, but working with John means I’ll be on the notes right from the start and you just can’t give time to these guys and expect to make it up.”

Quinn was rapt with his performance in his new car.

“The car has gone brilliantly all weekend – we’re really pleased. Look out if it’s wet in Targa in April, we’ll be hard to beat.”

Local favourites, Jason and John White, experienced persistent clutch problems in their exotic Lamborghini, however they still managed to set impressive times on their way to a podium finish. They now go into April’s longer Targa Tasmania with renewed confidence.

“It was a good day, we had too much to make up but we gave it a good charge,” White said.

“The car still had a few niggles this weekend, but we’re sorting it out and I felt good driving, so we’ll go to Targa with a fair bit of confidence of being able to do well.

“We should be really staring down the barrel of some good results, hopefully."

Victorian Matt Close was fourth in his 2000 Porsche 911 Turbo, just two seconds in front of the fast finishing West Australian, Dean Herridge. Debuting a new Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Herridge got to grips with the car on the second day, and snatched fifth place from Jim Richards on the final stage.

Richards and co-driver, Barry Oliver, lost around 40 seconds on the first day when a turbo hose blew off on their 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, but recovered well. Sunday’s stages suited the four-wheel drive Subaru more, however, and Herridge moved ahead.

Only four seconds separated positions four to seven, with Andrew Miedecke and Tasmanian co-driver, Daniel Wilson, seventh in their 2007 Daytona Coupe.

The Late Classic class was clearly the domain of Steve Glenney and Bernie Webb. The 2008 Targa Tasmania winners were totally dominant in their borrowed Holden Commodore, winning by over three minutes.

Their closest rival, Bill Pye, crashed his Porsche on day one, leaving them to win as they pleased. Second was the Porsche of Peter Eames, while locals Kim Barwick and Kylie Benson took third place in their crowd-pleasing Honda Torana A9X.

Tasmanians claimed the next two places as well, with David Cooper / Brad Sherriff (Torana A9X) fourth and Adrian Morrisby / David French (Holden Gemini) who tied with Queenslanders Donn Todd and Dean Tighe in 1977 Torana A9X for fifth.

Another Queensland pairing, Scott Millar and Christopher Dean, won the Showroom category with a two and a half minute margin over Peter Brown and Nicole Locker in a 2007 Mazda 3 Diesel. The NSW pairing put in a brilliant drive, finishing 13 seconds ahead of the Lancer Evo IX of Greg and Rhonda Burrowes, with David Watson and Stuart Lister fourth in a 2004 VW Golf R32.

One of the most popular cars in the event, the 1971 Holden Monaro GTS of Steve and Kaila Coad, took a big win in the Early Classic class. They were nearly four minutes clear of Tassie’s Scott and Wayne Kent in a 1965 Ford Mustang.

Third place went to Drew Kent and Paul Krawczyk in a Ford Falcon GT, but George Nittis and Stuart Boyce missed their chance of a podium place when a two minute penalty dropped them to fourth.

It was a Nissan Skyline GTR one-two in the Early Modern section, with Tasmanian driver, David Ayers, and NSW co-driver, Robbie Bolton, taking a 34 second victory.

South Australians Adam Poole and Clayton Lang were next, followed by Leigh Finlayson and Mike Stoneham (Tasmania) in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI.

After the success of the first ever Targa Wrest Point, the attention will now be focussed on the week-long Targa Tasmania, which starts in Launceston on April 28.

Targa Wrest Point - final results

Modern (2003-2009)
1. Greg Garwood / John Allen, 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 59min 28sec
2. Tony Quinn / Naomi Tillett, 2008 Nissan GTR, +3sec
3. Jason White / John White, 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, +12sec
4. Matt Close / Cameron Reeves, 2000 Porsche 911 Turbo, +1m05sec
5. Dean Herridge / Chris Murphy, 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, +1m07s
6. Jim Richards / Barry Oliver, 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, +1m08s

Late Classic (1972-1990)
1. Steve Glenney / Bernie Webb, 1981 Holden Commodore, 1h 06m 24sec
2. Peter Eames / Will Logan, 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +3m.00
3. Kim Barwick / Kylie Benson, 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +5m40sec
4. David Cooper / Brad Sherriff, 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +5m51sec
=5. Adrian Morrisby / David French, 1975 Holden Gemini, +6m45sec
=5. Donn Todd / Dean Tighe, 1977 Holden Torana, +6m45sec

Showroom (2003-2009)
1. Scott Millar / Christopher Dean, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 1h12m49sec
2. Peter Brown / Nicole Locker, 2007 Mazda 3 Diesel, +2m30sec
3. Greg Burrowes / Rhonda Burrowes, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +2m43sec

Early Modern (1991-2002)
1 David Ayres / Robbie Bolton, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R, 1h10m15sec
2 Adam Poole / Clayton Lang, 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R, +34sec
3 Leigh Finlayson / Mike Stoneman, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, +56sec

Early Classic (1900-1971)
1 Steve Coad / Kaila Coad, 1971 Holden Monaro GTS, 1h10m08sec
2 Scott Kent / Wayne Kent, 1965 Ford Mustang, +3m50sec
3 Drew Kent / Paul Krawczyk, 1971 Ford Falcon GT, +4m04sec

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the modern class in targa gets stronger every year. practically impossible for a novice to go top 10 these days

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That is one awesome line up of cars for the Modern Class, love the fact there is a 08 STi in the top 6 :P

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The STi being driven by an ARC rally driver was still slower than an 81 Commodore.  :doh:

We didn't last very long unfortunately before a wheel fell off but it was fun whilst it lasted!


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Dutton W.A. '07 Runner-Up Dutton Vic '07 Champion Targa Tas '09 Rookie Modern Champion

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Quote from: Dean Evans
You read it here first! After twisting Jon S's arm at just the right angle and for just the right amount of time, Lotus Cars Australia will be running a Cup 260 in this year's Targa Tas! Hooray!

This will be my first time racing a Lotus since the 2007 Mt Buller in the 2-Eleven, and we will be showcasing the car that is the ultimate Exige S - the 260ps Cup, that's race ready and, drumroll, road registerable! And reasonably priced too, considering the standard equipment (AP brakes, adjustable susp., 2kg extinguisher, 890kg, 192kW, 0-100km/h in 4.1sec).


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few pics of the 308, with revised colour and signs for this years event....

changed wheels to gold, from silver...

continued white nose through full side length now...

changed new megaphonic exhaaut from stainless to "ansa style" black....

Re-Fitted deep front spoiler, shallow one simply too tame/soft... deep one only got scuffed in Tassie last year but we put shallow on for Classic Adelaide, but yeah... too soft/tame....

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