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Local driver eyes Targa Hellyer Gorge victory

29-Jan-2015  Peter Whitten

The winner of the most recent Targa event, Elliott’s Eddie Maguire, will be the headline act in the inaugural running of Targa Hellyer Gorge, to be held on Saturday, February 7.

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WIN a trip to the Monaco Historic Race!

28-Jan-2015  Tracey Button


Shannons is offering motoring enthusiasts the chance to win an 11 day trip to Italy, France & Monaco, attending one of the world’s premier historic racing events – the Monaco Historic Race!

The trip begins in Venice, then onto Bologna in the heart of Italy’s Motor Valley region where you’ll visit Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Ducati museums and factories plus a Lamborghini drive experience.  Then drive to Nice on the French Riviera for 5 days, culminating with the tour highlight, VIP tickets to the 2016 Monaco Historic Race.

The prize includes:

  • 2 adult economy class airfares from the winner’s nearest Australian capital city to Venice, Italy and return from Nice, France (5 - 17 May 2016)
  • 10 nights twin share accommodation. 2 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Bologna, and 5 nights in Nice
  • 5 days Mercedes-Benz C-Class (or similar) car hire including GPS*
  • Tickets to the Italian Supercar Tour including the Ferrari Museum, Lamborghini Museum and Factory, Ducati Museum and Factory and the Pagani Showroom and Factory
  • You Drive Experience for one in a Lamborghini LP 570-4 Superleggera^^
  • Private escorted shopping trip to St Tropez
  • 2016 Monaco Historic Race Package
  • AUD $1,000 spending money or AUD $5,000 if you are an eligible Shannons Club member+

Join today!

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Targa Tasmania Reconnaissance Notes out now!

19-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

Reconnaissance notes for Targa Tasmania 2015 are now available!  Download here.

Smoothline has stage notes available for purchase through your your console.

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Burnie Council backs newest Targa rally

05-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

Tasmania’s newest motorsport event, Targa Hellyer Gorge, has received a major boost with Burnie City Council signing on as the event’s major partner.

Burnie City Council has committed a significant amount of sponsorship for the inaugural Targa Hellyer Gorge, to be held on February 7.

The brand new event is designed to give first time drivers a taste of real Targa competition on one of Targa's most legendary stages, enabling them to learn what it takes to tackle the demanding week-long Targa Tasmania (27 April – 2 May, 2015).

It has also attracted more experienced competitors keen for a pre-Targa Tasmania hit out.

“Burnie City Council welcomes this new event and is very pleased to be a sponsor of the 2015 Targa Hellyer Gorge event.” Mayor Anita Dow said.

“We acknowledge the economic and community benefits this event will bring to our vibrant city.”

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It's on again! Shannons Car & Bike Expo

30-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

If you have an interest in cars or bikes - or both! - then put Sunday 1st March in your calendar!

The 2015 Shannons Car & Bike Expo is a must-see event is Tasmania's largest car & bike expo, featuring vehicles of the last 100 years parked in their era order, car clubs and non car club enthusiasts most welcome.

The event also includes a swap meet, rocker cover racing, trade stand alley, food/drinks and live 50-60 music.

We require a 2 stickered Targa competition cars for a promotional display on the day so please email or call 0447 770 812 if you are able to help.  A great opportunity to give your sponsor some visibility!

Entry is a gold coin donation to the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne.

Location Charles Hand Park, Rosny - 10am to 3pm

No entry forms or cost to enter the Show & Shine, with all cars/bikes reqested to be on site by 9.45am.

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Travel by Sea and Kids go FREE!

29-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

Spirit of Tasmania offers the perfect pathway to a fun family holiday! And the kids travel for free!

See one family's adventure as they travel around the state and enjoy all the great activities and sites it has to offer.

The first video starts with the family boarding the ship, settling in and preparing for their journey over three days.

Day one shows the family arriving at Elizabeth Town for a hearty breakfast at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and stocking the boot with picnic goodies from Ashgrove Cheese Farm, getting up close and personal with Tassie Devils at Tasmania Zoo in Launceston and getting ready for the thrill of a lifetime with zipling adventures at Hollybank Treetops Adventure.

The road trip continues on day two with a picnic lunch at Richmond Bridge in the south and a tour through historical Port Arthur, the best spot for a “family selfie” at the top of Mount Wellington and then finishing up with fish and chips in one of Hobart’s best local spots at Mures.

On to Mount Field National Park for day three where the Birt family enjoy the natural, pristine beauty of Russell Falls, scream and squeal their way through the world’s largest maze complex in Tasmazia at Promised Land and indulge in pure waffle and hot chocolate goodness at the House of Anvers in Latrobe.

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Lock in your Spirit of Tas booking for Targa 2015

29-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

Just a reminder to Targa Tas 2015 travellers that the Spirit of Tasmania block held for competitors and crews will be released on the 10th of February, so get in early to ensure you have your travel dates confirmed!

Book HERE for the best deals or ph 1800 635 877 and mention Targa.

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Rally further into Tasmania's North West!

15-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

Run the well-known and legendary Targa road of Hellyer Gorge this February and rally further into Tasmania’s North West to discover why Tasmania triumphs in Lonely Planet’s Best for 2015 with these Wild Wilderness Escapes.

North West Tasmania has a rawness about it.  Much of the place has been left to just be.  The Gordon River, the Tarkine, Corinna; these are unpretentious patches of our island that look the same as they always have.  Head for these parts and get to know Tasmania’s wild personality and those who claim it as home turf including the Tasmanian devil.

1. Trail off into the Tarkine

There are places that have the power to move you. The Tarkine is one. Venture off on a four or six day walk with Tarkine Trails beneath a canopy of ancient myrtles and see how the Tarkine talks to you. Take the coastal trail, dotted with Aboriginal heritage and hidden coves or opt for a journey where day walks past giant fern trees, waterfalls and sassafras are rewarded with a nightly return to Tiger Ridge base camp.

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Tim Jones Funeral Notice

13-Jan-2015  Mark Perry

A Service to Celebrate the life of Mr. Timothy Peter Jones will be held at the Graham Family Funeral Home Chapel, corner of Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town in Hobart, this Saturday at 1.00 pm.  Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.  A Private Cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please buy yourself a bottle of red wine!

Please click the link to view a heartfelt video tribute to Tim from the Photo Marketing Association of Australia.

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Smoothline notes now available for Targa Hellyer Gorge

09-Jan-2015  Alice McKenzie

Our mission to make Targa Hellyer Gorge the perfect introduction to tarmac rallying has received another boost today. We have forged an arrangement with Smoothline, our Stage Notes partner, to provide all first timer entrants with notes free of charge

Existing competitors will also benefit with Smoothline offering notes at a heavily reduced rate. This offering provides everyone the opportunity to experience why the majority of competitors at our events entrust Smoothline to provide high-quality, accurate and consistent notes. 

Further information can be accessed through the stage notes link in your competitor console, on or by calling Bernie from Smoothline on 0402 256 395

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A new look Burnie - city of makers

06-Jan-2015  Tracey Button

The city of Burnie is the base for Targa's newest event, Targa Hellyer Gorge, and is Tasmania’s most westerly city.  What used to be a city to just drive through it is now part of a region that has a population of around 20,000 people and produces some of the world’s wicked wonders including sensational soft ripened cheese and to die for single malt whisky.

The area has perfect conditions for milk production and some of this goes into making wonderful cheese.  This can be tasted at The Cheese Shop at Makers’ Workshop and there are well stocked delis to tempt you with gourmet treats.

Hellyers Road Distillery produce a single malt whisky with its own distinct Tasmanian flavour, attributed to the clean local water and high quality ingredients.  Visitors are welcome at the distillery where you can take a tour to find out exactly what goes into making a sensational single malt.

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Tim Jones Obituary- On the behalf of Targa competitors

01-Jan-2015  Mark Perry

Thirteen Year Targa Tasmania competitor, Brian Dermott spent much time with Tim Jones working closely with Tim on his popular Zust magazine providing much of the content for the personalised competitor magazine.

Brian shares his experiences with Tim and thoughts on the behalf of Targa competitors.

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Vale- Tim Jones

01-Jan-2015  Mark Perry

Vale- Tim Jones

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Targa Hellyer Gorge

18-Dec-2014  Alice McKenzie

All I want for Christmas is a FREE entry into Targa Tasmania - No problems! 

There are still places available for Targa Hellyer Gorge on the 7th FEB 2015.
Don't miss out on your opportunity to win the BIGGEST prize in Tarmac Rally - a FREE entry into the Ultimate Tarmac Rally.

Targa Hellyer Gorge is offering up THREE free entries to the winners of Rookie Classic, Rookie Early Modern and Rookie Modern.

To secure your entry or for more information Sign up at or contact  Alice McKenzie on phone: 03 6221 8888  

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Targa Tasmania 2015 Course Preview

10-Dec-2014  Alice McKenzie

It is with great excitement that we give you a sneak peak of the revamped Targa Tasmania course for 2015.  

We return to Hobart in earnest for the first time since 2007 with the awesome Longley stage now being the final stage of the event that is sure to sort out the winners across the myriad of competitions, categories and classes that make up the Ultimate Tarmac Rally.  We return to a single night in Strahan and we will finish the event in style on the Hobart waterfront for the first time since 1993. 

CLICK HERE to download your copy.

Reconnaissance notes will be available on the website before Christmas.  

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Targa High Country 2014 DVD with bonus party tape!

10-Dec-2014  Tracey Button

The Targa High Country DVD is now on sale for just $24.95 AND includes a party tape!

We still also have copies of the 2014 Targa Tasmania DVD along with back copies of DVDs from past events.

To purchase your copy, download the order form here or phone Tracey on 0447 770 812 or email

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Hunter Holden VL Walkinshaw: Targa High Country 2014 Highlights

03-Dec-2014  Erik Rathmayr

Check out #1 Hoon and Targa High Country 2014 Early Modern winners Adam & David Kaplan in their VL Walkinshaw. Awesome footage, plenty of exciting moments and how good is the noise from the big V8!

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Shannons Hot Laps with Jim Richards

28-Nov-2014  Tracey Button

Long term Targa Tasmania supporter and Major Partner of Targa High Country, Shannons Insurance, would like to congratulate the winners of the Jim Richards Sandown Hot Laps competition they ran as part of this year's Targa High Country.

The competition was run at the Mansfield TargaFest and the winners were Mr John Eisner and Ms Courtney Cooper.

Congratulations to you both!

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Longford Revival

28-Nov-2014  Alice McKenzie

Expression of Interest now open for the Longford Revival Festival 2015 

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High Country DVD out soon!

28-Nov-2014  Tracey Button

Copies of the 5th anniversary Targa High Country DVD will soon be available for purchase at $24.95 and will include a party tape!

Stay tuned for more info or download the form here here to pre-order in time for Christmas.

Targa Tasmanian 2014 DVDs still available along with a very small stock of some past events.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

7 February 2015 - Details  |  Entry List

Targa Tasmania 2015

27 April - 2 May 2015 - Details   |  Entry List

Targa High Country 2015

6-8 November 2015