Official site: http://www.targatasmania.com.au/
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 winnersModern 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
Year Driver Vehicle
2006 Morris 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
2007 Broadbent 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2008 Broadbent 1974 Porsche 911 RS