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Targa Tas waterfront finish celebrations at Mac 2

01-Sep-2014  Tracey Button

Continuing the revamp of the Targa Tasmania course for 2015, the official finish of the classic tarmac rally has been moved to Hobart’s waterfront, maximising crowd engagement with a new Saturday afternoon finish.

For the past 21 years the event has concluded at Wrest Point on the Sunday, but will now be at the Macquarie 2 terminal, right in the historic heart of the city.

Event Director, Mark Perry, is excited by what the new arrangements will mean to the event, and the city.

“This is a real win-win situation,” Perry said. “Our event and all the participants will enjoy a finish in the brilliantly refurbished venue, and I believe it is great for the city to be able to bring the cars and the excitement to the people in this major tourism precinct.”

In it’s 24th running, Targa Tasmania will undergo the biggest changes for a decade, including the re-introduction of stages south of Hobart not used since 2007.

The event will now start in Launceston on a Monday (April 27) and run for six days, finishing on a Saturday afternoon (May 2) for the first time. The southern loop stages in the Huon Valley were part of every Targa Tasmania course for the event’s first 16 years, and will precede the finish at Macquarie 2 on the Saturday.

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Australian Car Developer JOSS reveals plans for ‘global supercar’

22-Aug-2014  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania is the world’s ultimate tarmac rally and provides the perfect environment for the Supercars of the world to showcase their technology and awesome performance.  We have seen Porsche win no fewer than nine times and seen Lamborghini with their awesome Gallardo dominate the event in recent years. Of course, who could ever forget the now legendary Honda NSX winning the first two Targa’s held in 1992 and 1993.

We are extremely excited to help Joss in bringing their Australian supercar to life and hopefully see it take on the world at the 25th Anniversary running of Targa Tasmania in 2016.”

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Targa 2014 DVD - It's here!

03-Jul-2014  Tracey Button

Yes, our stock has arrived and you are now able to purchase the 2014 Targa Tasmania DVD - just $29.95.

Included is the recently screened television documentary along with additional footage AND of course the PARTY TAPE!

We are also offering past DVDs at super cheap prices when you purchase the current one.  Simply download the order form HERE, visit our Shop page, or contact Tracey (e: tracey@targa.com.au or 0447 770 812).

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Win a trip to The Great American Race – Daytona 500!

01-Sep-2014  Tracey Button

Shannons is offering motoring enthusiasts the chance to win a 12 day USA trip, attending the biggest and most prestigious NASCAR race in the USA – the Daytona 500!

The trip starts in New Orleans, a unique melting pot of culture, food and music.  Then travel to Nashville, country music capital of the world and home to American Pickers.  Then take an excursion to Bowling Green, Kentucky to visit the National Corvette Museum and the Corvette assembly plant.  Then, it’s onto Orlando Florida, home of the Daytona 500. Finish up by cruising down to Miami, home of Walt Disney World, Sea World and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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Last chance for Hellyer Gorge Early Bird rates

25-Aug-2014  Tracey Button

Early Bird entry fees close at the end of August for Targa Australia’s newest event – Targa Hellyer Gorge (6-7 February, 2015).  Competitors who register and pay can lock in the discount rates and then pay the remainder closer to the event.

Targa Hellyer Gorge is Targa Australia’s newest event, aimed at first time drivers who wish to have a taste of Targa prior to competing in the Ultimate Tarmac Rally.

For the early bird rate of just $795, entrants will have a chance to learn what it takes to compete in Targa Tasmania whilst rubbing shoulders with experienced competitors. 

The big drawcard however has to be the prize for Rookie competition winners (Modern, Early Modern and Classic) - free entry to the 2015 Targa Tasmania as the prize for each!

Enter NOW, or for more information visit the Targa Hellyer Gorge page here

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Events Tas Grants Program released

25-Aug-2014  Tracey Button

Events Tasmania has recently released details of their 2015 Grants Program.

Of the three grant categories available – Touring, Championships and Marketing Tasmania – the Touring Grants could be of particular interest to those who enjoy a spot of motoring! 

Touring grants of up to $15 000 are available to eligible organisers of auto, motorbike, cycle or walking tours in Tasmania during the winter and shoulder season.  Funding is based on the number of interstate or international participants staying in paid commercial accommodation for 5 nights or more, with 40 per cent or more of the tour being held in regional areas.

Check out the 2015 Grants Program, or go straight to info about the Touring Grants.

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On the mountain...

22-Aug-2014  Tracey Button

Wining and Dining

We have been working closely with the Mt. Buller Resort Management team to ensure you have the best time imaginable to celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Targa High Country. For the first time, we have a full calendar of dining and entertainment options from Wednesday through to Sunday;

 • Wednesday - Welcome Dinner for early arrivals - Come along and catch up with other members of the Targa Family to share recce stories of the new stages.

 • Thursday - Official Welcome Party – This traditional function now includes a FREE ticket for  each of your registered service crew.

 • Friday – The Alpine Dinner - Held on a Friday for the first time due to the street stage change.  Always the hottest ticket in town so don’t miss out with extra special guests this year to  keep you well entertained.

 • Saturday – An organised dining venue will be offered for the first time to ensure that those that can’t get a feed at Targafest in Mansfield are not left hungry on top of the world at Mt. Buller.

 • Sunday – The Kooroora Hotel Targa Bar will be bigger than ever before with the Official Finish Party for the largest field seen at Targa High Country.  You can share your stories and enjoy a well-deserved beer.  To cap off the 5th Anniversary celebrations, the newly introduced Category winners will be presented on stage in the bar straight after the final podium champagne has been sprayed.

 • EVERY Morning – Freshly brewed coffee and egg bacon rolls will be available every morning the first time from Thursday to Sunday in the bus stop area beside the Kooroora Hotel.

 • EVERY Night – The Targa Bar @ the Kooroora Hotel will be open each night from Wednesday through to Sunday.

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Add the Mansfield Festival to your recce plans!

22-Aug-2014  Tracey Button

Not your typical country town, Mansfield prides itself on setting its own pace.  It attracts an eclectic mix of residents and visitors who love to breathe deeply; drinking in the heady mix of mountains, lakes and rivers spiced with quality food, wine, cafes and entertainment.

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Early bird rates close soon!

22-Aug-2014  Tracey Button

Don't miss out on the Targa Tasmania EARLY BIRD discount rates!

Save up to $1000 by securing your entry before 31 Aug...  ENTER NOW!

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Targa Tasmania 2014 - Neil Buckby Motors, Mt Roland

22-Aug-2014  Erik Rathmayr

Ride with Ben & Crichton as multiple cameras show the team blasting through the iconic Mt Roland stage at Targa Tasmania 2014.

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Targa High Country 2014

7-9 November 2014 - Details  |  Entry List

Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

6-7 February 2015 - Details  |  Entry List

Targa Tasmania 2015

27 April - 2 May 2015 - Details