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The Viper has arrived

10-Feb-2016  Alice McKenzie

Jason and John White's 2016 factory delivered Dodge Viper ACR hits Tasmanian shores for the first time.

Showcased at Targa Hellyer Gorge last weekend, this mean machine will compete in the new GT2 competition at Targa Tasmania in April this year.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge highlights

10-Feb-2016  Alice McKenzie

Check out a few of  'The Gorge' highlights for 2016 produced by the Southern Cross network.

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Tasmanians dominate Targa Hellyer Gorge

08-Feb-2016  Alice McKenzie

Sunday February 7, 2016

 Tasmanians Trevor Macleod and Scott Hunter (Subaru WRX STi) and Drew and Fletcher Kent (Ford Falcon GT) have taken victory in the second running of Targa Hellyer Gorge, finishing as clear winners in the GT and Shannons Classic classes respectively.

 Targa Hellyer Gorge is seen as a perfect opportunity for competitors to fine-tune their cars ahead of April’s week-long Targa Tasmania, with many top-line competitors taking part.


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Get ready for Targa Tasmania with OzRally Pro

25-Jan-2016  Victoria Hannan

OzRallyPro Advanced Rally Training is owned and run by two well respected names within the international rally community with impressive professional careers spanning from Targa Tasmania to the World Rally Championship.

OzRally Pro offers co-driver training, pace note training, goal setting, fitness and nutritional advice, logistics and career planning guidance.

Even if you have been rallying for years, OzRally Pro can expand your knowledge and improve your performance on many levels.

For more information check out OzRally Pro Facebook Page
OzRallyPro Facebook or via email at

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Targa Hellyer Gorge -Rookie Battle

25-Jan-2016  Victoria Hannan

With just under one week until Targa Hellyer Gorge, last minute preparations are underway for our Rookie entrants looking to secure themselves a Free entry into Targa High Country later in the year.

 Rookie Classic will see an exciting battle between two vehicles at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Local Hobart duo Chris Wilson and Meegan Spurr in their beautifully prepared and timeless 1974 Porsche 911 RS pitted against the Aussie Muscle of Ben Dixon and Ben Carpenter’s 1977 A9X Torana.

 The sleek New South Wales team of Paul Brennan and Paul Fitzpatrick will be showcasing their 95 Subaru Impreza in the Rookie GT competition, against the Renault Megane driven by Grant Denyer to second place in Showroom 2WD at Targa Tasmania 2015. This year the Renault will be in the hands of new comer Bede Clifton, Country Club Tasmania’s marketing manager. Fellow Tasmanian Wil Gordon, with five Targa Tasmania campaigns under his belt will be sure to provide invaluable knowledge and support to his new team mate.

 Best of luck gents, and Meegan!

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Renault Car Club of Australia tackling Targa Tasmania

23-Jan-2016  Ernst Luthi

The Renault Car Club Australia (RCCA) based in NSW will be represented with 6 crews at this year’s 25th edition of Targa Tasmania. Showcasing some of Renault’s sporting history at this year’s Targa Tasmania will be: 

Ted Merewether and Jen Gillot, 2007 Renault Sport Megane R26 (Car 837), Andrew and Belinda Collier, 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 (Car 621), the 3 Alpines of Ernst and Sonja Luthi (Car 412), Barry McAdie (Car 52) and honorary RCCA member Mark Duder (Car 149) and also Adam Spence competing for outright honours in his Renault-Nissan Alliance built 2011 Nissan GTR R35 (Car 822). 

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Targa Tasmania Reconnaissance Notes

18-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania Reconnaissance Notes are now available on our website under the Targa Tasmania tab, as well as in your competitor console for all those competing in the event.

Our Reconnaissance Notes provide GPS coordinates for the start, finish and stop point of every stage, stage distances and stage maps.      

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Arrive and Drive Targa Tour

17-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

Ever considered participating in the world's ultimate Tarmac Rally, but arranging a car has been too difficult or too time consuming? The Team at Targa Tours have got the perfect solution!

Targa Tour's can provide a Targa Tour experience OR full racing experience.

Head to for your Targa Tour experience.

Head to for your Targa Racing experience.

We specialise in “arrive and drive” packages so you literally turn up with your helmet and are ready to go!! Our fleet is available for all Targa Tasmania and Targa High Country. 

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The Shannons Super Rig is Coming!

16-Dec-2015  Carly Zmendak

Shannons Green 2000 "Shannons Super Rig Truck" is coming to Tasmania to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania. 24 metres long and 8 metres wide, the Super Rig transforms into a Super Automotive Expo for motoring Enthusiasts and will be in attendance at the Targa Tasmania Official Finish in Hobart. Check it out at Princess Wharf 1 right alongside Salamanca Market on Saturday, April 16th!

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10% off at Strahan Village this Summer!

16-Dec-2015  Carly Zmendak

Looking to do recce for the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania? Strahan Village are offering a 10% discount. 

Receive 10% off accommodation when staying in Strahan Village between 21st January and 14th March 2016. If you are an Autoclub member you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, exclusive chocolate fudge pack from The Fudge A'Fare and 15% off at Wild Rivers Store. Bookings made directly with Strahan Village by phoning  +61 3 6471 4200  by 31st January 2016.

There is still limited accommodation available for the night of the 14th April 2016. If you are entered into the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania, don't hesitate and book your accommodation in Strahan today!

Please note: For those of you that have already booked accommodation for the 14th of April, new confirmation numbers apply to your reservations, please call +61 3 6471 4200 to receive new confirmation numbers and/or emails. 

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Start your engines at Country Club - the Official Start of Targa 2016!

16-Dec-2015  Carly Zmendak

Country Club is Launceston's Premier Resort & Entertainment Venue and the home of Targa Tasmania. Join us for the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania or book your escape to Launceston now!


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Discover Events in Tasmania

16-Dec-2015  Carly Zmendak

Summer is upon us and that means festivals galore in Tasmania. Revel in the excitement of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race or indulge in the gastronomic delights of the Taste of Tasmania. 

If action's your thing, there's the spectacle of polo at Barnbougle, or the National Penny Farthing Championships in Evandale. Or you could hop across Bass Strait to experience the Festival of King Island and have a hit at two of the world's hottest new golf links. 

One thing's for sure - you won't be short of choices in Tassie this summer! Discover Events in Tasmania

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2016 Officials Wanted!

16-Dec-2015  Carly Zmendak

An exciting new team is being introduced for the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania and following events.

The team will be responsible for the setup and running of official events such as the Official Start, TargaFest and the Podium Finishes.

We are looking for officials who:
-    are able bodied as there will be lifting/moving involved
-    can dedicate their time for the whole event (accommodation and car travel covered)
-    have not already been asked to assist with another Targa role

Anyone who is keen for more information, or would like to assist, please contact David Howlett by email:

**Limited positions available.

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25th Targa Tasmania Course Announced

10-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

 It will be the largest Targa Tasmania ever held with a record field already entered for the 25th running of the Ultimate Tarmac Rally. It is with great excitement that we release the course that will determine the winners of this historic event; a course that covers just over 500 competitive kilometres and 2,000kms in total, making it long enough to test every car and team over the 38 stages and ensure that a balance between performance and reliability will determine the winners, as it should, in the true tradition of Targa Tasmania.

Even after 25 years, new stages can be found and next year will see exciting new stages at Montumana, Irishtown and Edith Creek on the way to a new lunch stop in beautiful Stanley along with the first ever running of Pelverata (in Targa Tasmania) and Tinderbox to ensure that the last day will throw in some surprises before finishing at our brand new home at Princess Wharf 1 right alongside Salamanca Market, literally whilst the market is on.

 New stages are always a great thing to have but Targa Tasmania has built its reputation on the fantastic stages that keep everyone coming back year after year and it would not be a true celebration if the course didn’t include George Town, Sideling, Riana, Hellyer Gorge, Oyster Cove, Longley, Strahan, the mighty Mt. Arrowsmith and of course everyone’s favourite, the gruelling Cethana.

 The new year will see many exciting announcements as we countdown towards the 25th running and for those already entered, full reconnaissance notes will be available before Christmas to ensure you have plenty of time to safely prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

Click Here to download your copy of the Course Map and Course Overview 

For all entry enquiries, please contact Alice McKenzie on 03 6221 8888 or

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'The Gorge' 2016 Course Map

08-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

Download your copy the Targa Hellyer Gorge Course Map HERE , situated in stunning North West Tasmania.

Targa Hellyer Gorge is a great single day event that will deliver more than 90 competitive kilometres, which is five times more than your average hillclimb, all on a road that helped make Targa Tasmania what it is today. 

The event is designed to give competitors a taste of Targa Tasmania.  It’s a stepping stone to bigger things.  It has a great local feel where all competitors are based in the one location and is a great day out for the whole family.

Click Here for the simple two day format that offers six runs, three in each direction of this iconic stretch of road.

Click Here for Highlights of the 2015 Event to get you in the mood!

We cant think of a better way to spend your Sunday, all for under $1,000!

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Targa High Country DVD in time for Christmas!

08-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

The Targa High Country 2015 DVD is now available directly from our website under Shop DVD orders.

At just $29.95 its the perfect little gift idea for Christmas!  Order your piece of Targa High Country history today. 

Or why not get your hands on the Christmas Combo Special!
Targa Tasmania 2015 DVD and the Targa High Country 2015 DVD for the fantastic price of just $45.  - On offer for a limited time only. 

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26-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania is, and always has been, a major commitment to compete in. The 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania is certainly not one to be missed, so we wanted to give one lucky Tasmanian team a FREE ticket to the big time and help us celebrate 25 years of Targa Tasmania.

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26-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

The 2nd running of Targa Hellyer Gorge will play a pivotal part in being successful at next year’s massive anniversary Targa Tasmania.

 Not only because it will give entrants a fantastic final hit out before the big event and is the only event that can give you real world practice on a genuine Targa Tasmania stage; but with the introduction of brand new stages in the same region as Hellyer Gorge, many will be looking to tie in their recce with the event to ensure they are totally ready to shine at what will be the largest tarmac rally ever held in the world.

For entry enquiries, please contact Alice on 03 6221 8888 or entry on line at

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26-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

The weekend before Targa High Country marked an important innovation for the future of tarmac rallying in Australia with the first ever Targa Experience being held at Mt. Buller. The event provided extensive training for our competitors who all enjoyed the weekend and without exception got plenty out of their attendance.

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26-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa High Country showed again why it is clearly the 2nd largest tarmac rally event in the country with a field of cars at least three times larger than any other tarmac rally held this year and shows how loved the now well established event has become, with many competitors making their sixth straight appearance this year.

The future is a bright one too with some long term plans to be announced soon that will ensure that the North East region of Victoria continues to be seen as `Targa Country’ on the weekend after the Melbourne Cup each year.

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