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CAMS Australian Targa Championship Technical Regulations 2018-2019- V1- 23 06 17

23-Jun-2017  Alice McKenzie

Version one of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship Technical Regulations 2018-2019 are now available under Technical Regulations on our website, or through your console if you have entered for Targa Tasmania 2018 or Targa North West 2018. 

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Targa Tasmania Supplementary Regulations V2

07-Apr-2017  Alice McKenzie

The Targa Tasmania Supplementary Regulations V2 are now available for download.
Click Here to download your copy now 

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CAMS Apparel changes reminder

02-Mar-2017  Alice McKenzie

Remember to double check your apparel including suits, helmets, balaclava's and shoes and make sure they are in line with the CAMS Manual Schedule D Apparel.

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01-Mar-2017  Alice McKenzie

2015 WRX STi JDM rally car

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Macleod and Hunter set winning pace at Targa North West

19-Feb-2017  Alice McKenzie

The Launceston team of Trevor Macleod and Scott Hunter have taken the overall win at the inaugural running of the of the Burnie-based Targa North West, which provides a key lead up event to the annual Targa Tasmania. 

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Dedicated volunteer honoured in Burnie

02-Feb-2017  Alice McKenzie

The Targa Tasmania community were humbled to hear that one of our very own volunteers has been honoured at this year’s Burnie Australia Day ceremony. Terrance (or as he is known in the Targa community,) Terry Ferguson was named the 2017 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the year with recognition for being one of the region’s most hard-working and hands-on community members. As most of you know, he has dedicated his time to every single Targa Tasmania since its inception in 1992, being only 1 of 11 people that have completed all 25 years of Targa Tasmania. We would like to join in the congratulations and extend our thanks to Terry for all of his hard work, dedication and support of the event.

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Growing field as three more of Targa’s big guns head to Targa North West

01-Feb-2017  Alice McKenzie

Respected local and Targa Hall of Famer, David Ayers joins the Targa North West line up in the immaculately prepared Just Jap GTR35. With Navigator Stuart Benson sitting beside him, these two will not only give Kennard’s GTR-35 a major shake-up, but they will have their eyes fixed on the top spot in the hotly contested GT4 competition.

 A cross-country journey will see yet another Targa Hall of Famer join the Classic GT competition. Mike Moylan and long term Navigator Don Behets will be travelling from WA to compete in the mighty muscle of his 1964 Ford Thunderbolt coupe. They will be looking to both improve on their 3rd placing in Classic at Targa Hellyer Gorge in 2016 and get their eye in before the massive 6 day charge at Targa Tasmania in April.

 It wouldn’t be an Early Modern competition without the sound of a rotary engine tearing up the tarmac. Welcomed addition, Queenslander Mark Balcombe in his 1995 Mazda RX-7 SP will be making the journey down with his ever study navigator Brian Foster. After finishing in second place at Targa Tasmania 2016, followed by a disappointing retirement at Targa High Country, these boys will be looking to re-position themselves as the Early Modern team to beat in 2017 by starting the year off with a podium finish.

 Welcome to the Targa North West entry list, and Best of luck.

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Targa North West attracts strong field

01-Feb-2017  Alice McKenzie

The new 2017 Targa North West will host a top field of competitors when the field gathers in Burnie on February 18, enticed by the opportunity to take on the famous Savage River stage, a compelling test of driver and car.

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Targa Tasmania 2017 Course

16-Dec-2016  Alice McKenzie

The 2017 Targa Tasmania course will go down in the events history as the most unique course ever run due to the presence of Anzac Day falling on Day 2, instead of the traditional opening day of the event, as it did in 2006. With the change to a Monday to Saturday format in 2015, that was welcomed by all competitors, the course needs to be configured around this and the obvious need to respect the Tasmanian public on this important day of remembrance, by not closing a myriad of roads normally associated with a full day of Targa Tasmania.

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Targa High Country 2016 - Classic Feature Video

30-Nov-2016  Alice McKenzie

Check out the Classic Feature Video from Targa High Country 2016

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Targa Tasmania to stay in George Town for at least the next three years

17-Aug-2016  Alice McKenzie

The George Town Council voted unanimously today to host a street stage until at least the end of 2019 in yet another great news story for the Ultimate Tarmac Rally. Here is the breaking news from the Examiner;

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Targa Technical Regulations V2 update

08-Jun-2016  Alice McKenzie

As we do each year after Targa Tasmania, our Safety & Technical Team (STT) discuss any changes required to be implemented for the following year. As custodians of Targa Tasmania, it is in the interest of all to ensure that the event can continue in as safe a manner as possible. Furthermore, the event works tirelessly to ensure that it can meet and exceed the expectations of not only the local authorities but also the local communities, whose support is vital to the sustainability of the event. This process has been updated in the past 12 months to also include the recommendations from the Coronial Inquest and the provisions of the use of the CAMS Tarmac Rally Standing Regulations (TRSR), which were re-introduced to Targa this year.

 Please click the link to download the updated technical regulations to be used from Targa High Country later this year. Changes are highlighted in grey for easy reference.

Download your copy here!

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27-May-2016  Alice McKenzie




We are very excited to announce today that on the back of a new five year agreement with the Tasmanian State Government through Events Tasmania, the former Targa Hellyer Gorge will be expanded to encompass much more of the region and become a genuine multi stage rally like Targa Tasmania.

 The new event will have a new name, Targa North West, a new date, 18th February, and will base itself in the heart of Burnie to include an Official Finish and Targa Bar on the Saturday night.

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Targa Tasmania 2017 On Sale Now

20-May-2016  Alice McKenzie

 After a very successful 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania that saw a record field take part in the celebrations, we are excited to open entries for 2017, which will be held from 24th to 29th April and be the first event of the new five year deal with the Tasmanian Government announced on the last day of this year’s historic event.

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25th Anniversary Passion Piece

03-May-2016  Alice McKenzie

Be inspired by a quarter of a century of Targa Tasmania.

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Smoothline Stage Notes

01-Apr-2016  Alice McKenzie

Long-time Targa competitors Brian and Linda Dermott share their thoughts and experiences on using Smoothline Stage Notes during their recent reconnaissance trip to Tassie:

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The Spirit of Early Modern – a growing competition

28-Mar-2016  Alice McKenzie

The Spirit of Early Modern – a growing competition

Monday March 28, 2016

While the Shannon’s Classic competition is clearly the most popular category of Targa Tasmania with more than 80 entries, the Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern competition is a solid second and easily the event’s fastest growing category.

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Taylor’s “Silver” Targa in 2016

23-Mar-2016  Alice McKenzie

Taylor’s “Silver” Targa in 2016

Wednesday March 23, 2016

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Targa Tasmania 25th Anniversary Presentation Dinner

26-Feb-2016  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania 25th Anniversary Presentation Dinner tickets now on sale through your Targa Tasmania entry Console 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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Vale - Brendan Manion

01-Dec-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Australia has been saddened by the passing of long standing Targa competitor, Brendan Manion.  Known to always greet fellow competitors with a smile, Brendan has been part of the Targa family since 1998, competing in eleven Targa Tasmania's as well as both Targa High Country and Targa Wrest Point events.
Many would recall the wonderfully bold Tiger livery on his recent competition vehicle.
We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Brendan's family and friends.  We hope that son Ben Manion, will be there to carry on the flame in his fathers honour for many years to come.
A funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday 3rd of December at the Launceston Football Club Rooms, Winsor Park.

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The Smoothline Experience Continues to Deliver Success

27-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

With around 60% of the field at this year’s Targa High Country using Smoothline it’s no surprise that the winners of most competitions were using their Stage Notes. When Smoothline’s Bernie Webb presented at the Targa Experience information sessions it was obvious though that their primary focus was anything but outright speed. Bernie’s presentation centred on “understanding the whole process of rallying”, outlining that notes should be an accurate, consistent description of where the road goes while providing the information required to safely negotiate the course.

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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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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

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

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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19-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

For Sale

Mike Batten’s Classic 1961 Volvo PV544

Priced to sell – only $38,500

Fully prepared for Targa tarmac rallies.

This car would be just right for the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania in April 2016.

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Targa High Country TV Show due to air Saturday 21 November

19-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

Catch all the thrills, drama and excitement that was Targa High Country 2015 on

7MATE This Saturday 21 November at 10am 

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Vale - Richard Davis

13-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

It is with great sadness that the Targa lost a member of its family, Richard Davis, on Friday the 6th November at the conclusion of Day 1 at Targa High Country.

The family would like to share the details of the service held for Richard on the 20th November in South Australia.  

Click on the image to view formal funeral notice.

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11-Nov-2015  Alice McKenzie

2008 Evolution X FOR LEASE or For Sale 70,000

'Live your dream' Fully prepared, winning Targa Car.

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Vantage Fuels

29-Oct-2015  Alice McKenzie

Advantage Fuels sign on as Targa High Country sponsor for a further Two Years. 

The great news for our Targa High Country Competitors this year is Vantage Fuel will serve United E85 from the pump and have drums in Euroa.  

Contact details can be found on the Vantage Fuel flyer 

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Targa High Country Road Closure Information

15-Oct-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa High Country Road Closure information can now be found on our website in Road Closure Information under the Targa High Country tab.

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15-Sep-2015  Alice McKenzie

In a first for Targa Tasmania (and probably any motorsport rally ever held), Early Bird entries closed on 31st August with more than 300 applications submitted. This is 35 more than at the same time for the 20th Anniversary event, which went on to see 331 greet the start line.

It is fantastic news for the event, Tasmania and of course all those that have entered to date. It promises to be the biggest Targa party ever held and will take in more of Tasmania than ever before and again see the great stages to the south of Hobart determine the winners across all of the competitions.

 What this all means is that if you have locked in the dates and plan on coming to join in the celebrations, please do not wait to enter or you may be disappointed. We are expecting the field to be full in the next few weeks.

 Call Alice today on 03 6221 8888 or email

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15-Sep-2015  Alice McKenzie

Don’t miss out on the 25th Anniversary Official Sailing, it promises to start your journey off as it did for so many in the early years of Targa Tasmania. Come and relive the nostalgia of days gone by that saw the `Cavalcade of Motoring History’ arrive in Devonport to much fanfare and hoopla, complete with John Large waving flags from the lead car and for many years since we have attempted to bring this iconic time back to life.

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TARGA HEADS TO CORSICA- Rallye des 10,000 Virages- 1st to 4th October 2015

15-Sep-2015  Alice McKenzie

Before we head off to Classic Adelaide, we have a quick trip to Corsica to assist with the inaugural running of The Tour de Corse – Rallye des 10.000 Virages

 With more than 70 entries (including some Australians) already committed to being the first to drive their modern sports cars on some of the world’s best roads around Corsica and have the rare experience of driving on the very roads raced on over the years by such rallying immortals like Walter Rohrl, Tommi Makinen and of course the almost unbeatable Sebastian Loeb.

 It promises to establish Targa style racing in the rallying heartland for many years into the future that will ultimately lead to many more internationals competing at Targa Tasmania in the future.

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Sports Trophy to Compete at the Targa Experience

15-Sep-2015  Alice McKenzie

Due to much interest amongst our current Sports and Thoroughbred Trophy competitors along with interest from competitors keen to try Targa but yet to build a full spec Targa car, we are thrilled to announce that we have now been able to secure enough road closure time to roll out the red carpet for our valued Trophy competitors.  

Limited spots are available so don’t delay if you wish to be a part of this exciting new concept event that not only gives you six exhilarating runs up the windiest section of Mt. Buller but will also provide Australia’s first recognised Classroom based course on Tarmac Rallying.

For further information and entry please call Alice on 03 6221 8888 or email at

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Early Bird Entries Closing

28-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Remember this weekend is your last chance to get your Targa Tasmania 2016 early bird entries in.  Saving yourself up to $1100.  Don't miss out!  Entries close midnight 31st August 2015.

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Spirit of Tasmania OFFICIAL Sailing Announced

18-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Many competitors will remember the days of the Official Sailing that saw the `Cavalcade of Motoring History’ arrive in Devonport to much fanfare and hoopla, complete with John Large waving flags from the lead car and for many years since we have attempted to bring this iconic time back to life.

What better time to do this than at the 25th Anniversary of Targa Tasmania and thanks to our close friends at the Spirit of Tasmania, they also felt that it was important for the 25th Anniversary event to start as so many did in the early years.

We are therefore extremely excited to announce the return of the OFFICIAL TARGA TASMANIA SAILING from Melbourne to Devonport on FRIDAY 8th April departing at 9.00am.

You will find all the booking details on the Booking the Spirit of Tasmania page of our website under Targa Tasmania. 

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Stanley to host lunch for the first time

17-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

It has only taken 24 years but to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania, the event will head to the far North West Coast for the first time and have lunch in the heart of iconic Stanley.

 `The Nut’ at Stanley is one of Tasmania’s most iconic tourism locations and Targa Tasmania will take this imagery around the world and further ensure that all competitors in the 25th Anniversary event have an experience like none before it. No matter how many Targa’s you have done, next year’s celebration is a `not to be missed’ experience.

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George Town Council Announced as Major Partner

17-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

In what is fantastic news for the 2016 Targa Tasmania, the George Town Council has come on board as a Major Partner to ensure that the town plays an integral role in the 25th Anniversary Celebrations. Targa Tasmania will again race around the streets of George Town to celebrate the milestone and ensure that for the 22nd time, competitors test their skills on one of Targa Tasmania’s most loved stages.

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Evan Evans Joins the Targa Family

17-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Best known for their flags and the supplier of the Targa Tasmania Flag Car Flag for the last 23 years, Evan Evans have now become an Event Partner in 2016 to be a part of the massive celebrations that are planned for 25th Anniversary.

 Evan Evans will bring their state of art signage and incredible display systems to the 25th event to ensure that visually, Targa Tasmania takes on an appearance like never seen before and further enhances the competitors experience ensuring they have memories to cherish for many years to come

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Targa Heads to Corsica- Rallye des 10,000 Virages- 1st to 4th October 2015

17-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

The inaugural running The Tour de Corse – Rallye des 10.000 Virages is gathering much momentum with more than 60 entries (including some Australians) already committed to being the first to drive their modern sports cars on some of the world’s best roads around Corsica and have the rare experience of driving on the very roads raced on over the years by such rallying immortals like Walter Rohrl, Tommi Makinen and of course the almost unbeatable Sebastian Loeb.

It promises to establish Targa style racing in the rallying heartland for many years into the future.

 Click Here for the brochure promoting the event and if you need any further details don’t hesitate to email who can answer all your questions.

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TSD Trophy

17-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

TSD Trophy will have a Four Step Podium for 2016, awarding the best placed Classic entrant as well as the top three entrants in the competition.

For those of you unfamiliar with the TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) Trophy format, the challenge is more than just going as fast as you can. The competition is based on achieving a set average speed on each stage while adhering to a 130km speed limit. This is a real mathematical challenge for both Driver and Co Driver, and a guarantee of competition intensity both inside and outside of the cockpit right through to the end of the last stage.

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Classic Adelaide Entries Closing

14-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

"Got a Classic Rally Car?"
 You cant afford to miss Classic Adelaide.
The event returns Friday October 17th and Saturday 18th as part of a huge Motorsport Festival in Adelaide. 15 Stages in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu will be run over 2 days including a new 43kM stage called The Cape.

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Targa Tasmania Supplementary Regulations

13-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

With only 18 days to go until the close of Early Bird Entries that will see a full field entered for the historic 25th running of Targa Tasmania, we are excited to release the Supplementary Regulations.

 All changes from 2015 have been highlighted in grey
 Download your copy HERE or from our website under Targa Tasmania

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'The Gorge' back in 2016

12-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Hellyer Gorge to return in 2016

Wednesday August 12, 2015

After a successful debut in February, the future of Targa Hellyer Gorge has been secured with the signing of a new two-year deal with the Burnie City Council that ensures the event returns in 2016 and 2017.

The one-day tarmac rally on one of the state’s most iconic roads will again provide a fantastic, easy to compete in, warm up to Targa Tasmania.

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Targa High Country Reconnaissance Notes

11-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

It is with great delight we advise that the Targa High Country 2015 Reconnaissance Notes and Course map are now available on the website.

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Targa Experience Mt Buller Supplementary Regulations

11-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Experience Mt Buller Supplementary Regulations are now available under the Targa Experience tab on our website.  To download your copy and more information head to the Targa Experience Overview 

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Targa Tasmania Early Bird Closes 31 AUG

07-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Be part of an extraordinary twenty five year history.

Targa Tasmania will be offering a personalized twenty fifth anniversary book, as well a one off personalized anniversary jacket to all competitors that enter prior to 31 AUG.  
Entering prior to 31 AUG also gives you the opportunity to secure a discounted entry price, saving you up to $1100.
For more information on the worlds 'Ultimate Tarmac Rally' head to Targa Tasmania 2016 .

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Technical Regulations V1 update 7th AUG

07-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

Thanks to everyone who took the time to touch base over the last few weeks; it is very heartening to see and hear how much passion there genuinely is for Targa and in particular Targa Tasmania. Nothing is ever truly perfect and we have taken on board some positive input and ideas to now deliver a few updates to the regulations that will clarify some key areas, which are highlighted in dark blue. 

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Vale- Bill Pye

06-Aug-2015  Alice McKenzie

It was with much sadness that we greeted the news of the passing of a proud member of the Targa family, Bill Pye.

 Bill was one of the true characters of Targa Tasmania, bringing a determination to the event not seen before him and along with his navigator and mechanic, Grant Geelan, competed fiercely to achieve their goals.

Bill’s battles with Rex Broadbent will always be remembered amongst the great rivalries in Targa Tasmania history. 

Competing nine times between 1999 -2010, Bill and Grant racked up a series of podium places with two 2nd places in Classic Outright and the highlight result of a Classic Handicap win in 2007.

 Sadly, Bill and Grant had already entered for the 25th Anniversary event next year, to mark their return to the Ultimate Tarmac Rally and Bill was looking forward to his return with planning already well under way to ensure that they were again in the leading pack of competitors. 

We would like pass on our sincere condolences to Bill’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Targa Tasmania 2015 TV show repeat Sat 4th July on One

29-Jun-2015  Alice McKenzie

Catch the Targa Tasmania 2015 show repeated on
on ONE Saturday 4th July at 1pm.

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TARGA HEADS TO CORSICA- Rallye des 10,000 Virages- 1st to 4th October 2015

29-Jun-2015  Alice McKenzie

After years of discussions, the first big step to a full blown Targa event in Corsica in 2016 has been launched with the announcement in Europe of The Tour de Corse – Rallye des 10.000 Virages. 

A regularity style event in its initial format, the event is designed for the great modern GT cars of the world and will be run in conjunction with the WRC event, from 1st to 4th October. 

 Targa Australia will be there in a consultancy capacity to assist France’s governing body, the FFSA to run the event and assess what is required to run a full blown Targa event from 2016.

 The best part is all of our loyal Targa customers are welcomed to join us on a trip of a life time and with the nature of the roads in Corsica, it promises to be an event like no other where you get to drive the same roads as the WRC cars and get behind the scenes access to one of the world’s great rally’s.

 Interested? CLICK HERE for the brochure promoting the event and if you need any further details don’t hesitate to email who can answer all your questions.

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29-Jun-2015  Alice McKenzie

Finally, a true Classic Adelaide event returns in 2015 and it will be an event run in the traditions of the early Classic Adelaide events. The added bonus this time around is that the rally will be a part of the amazing Adelaide Motor Sport Festival, which will see countless F1 cars and other rare and collectable racing machinery complete laps of the main part of the old Grand Prix track.

Being a major part of this festival will make Classic Adelaide a very unique experience for those with classic Targa cars and an event not to be missed.

Targa Australia will manage the running of the rally competition as its key role in a partnership with the Sporting Car Club of South Australia, who will run the actual festival.  Events South Australia will again be the principal partner for Classic Adelaide.  All the expertise that you have come to expect from Targa will see the rally conducted just as our own Targa events are held, meeting the highest world standards of medical support, road closure safety and insurance coverage.

For event entries please contact Keith Williamson at
08 8373 4899

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New Technical Regulations for 2016 Announced

19-Jun-2015  Alice McKenzie

As the planning continues for a long, sustainable and responsible future for Targa events; a key component of which is the Technical Regulations, much work and time has gone into the latest incarnation of these regulations with not only the 25th Anniversary in mind but in the years that follow. 

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Targa Tasmania to return to Burnie to celebrate 25th Anniversary

16-Jun-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania to Return to Burnie

$2 Million boost to the North West Coast

Press Release- 16th June 2015

Targa Tasmania, celebrating its 25th Anniversary running in 2016, will return to Burnie for an overnight stop for the first time since 2007, ensuring that all the key ingredients from the earlier years of Targa are celebrated next year.

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Targa High Country Early Bird

13-Apr-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa High Country Early Bird pricing closes this Friday the 17th April.  
Dates 6 - 8 November 2015 

Targa High Country was first run in 2010 and now attracts an average field of 200 entries due to its challenging yet scenic roads, as well as being such an easily accessible region.
 Based less than 3 hours from Melbourne, Targa High Country is based on top of Victoria's most popular Ski Resort, Mt Buller, some 1,800 meters above sea level. In summer the road to the summit masquerades as one of the most exciting hill climbs in the country and is the gateway to the other rally stages.

In 2015, this event will be held over 3 full days and takes in 22 stages, including the ever-popular Mansfield town stage through the streets of Mansfield centre in front of thousands of fans. Having this event based on Mt Buller offers a unique experience, both on the course and on the mountain.

for more information please contact 
 Alice McKenzie
Competitors Manager
p: 03 6221 8888 m: 0447 770 813

Could this be your opportunity to revel in your Glory, stand on a podium after 3 massive days of Tarmac Rally? Just like 2014 Modern Winners Eddie Maguire and Steve Glenney in this Southern Cross clip?

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Grant Denyer Confirmed for Targa Tasmania

08-Apr-2015  Alice McKenzie

Television personality and accomplished racing car driver Grant Denyer today confirmed he will be a starter in this year’s Targa Tasmania, which gets underway on April 27th.
Denyer will be driving a Renault Megane RS265 for Team Buckby Renault in the Showroom Class of this year’s event.
Denyer, who won the same class in 2013, described Targa Tasmania as one of the best tarmac rallies in the world.

In another coup for Targa Tasmania, Denyer will be teaming up with Alex Gelsomino, one of the worlds most respected co-drivers. Italian born Gelsomino, has been co-driving for American Ken Block in the World Rally Championship. Block is one of the most recognisable and exciting competitors in world motorsport.

Both Denyer and Gelsomino are currently in Tasmania testing the vehicle and familiarising themselves with the course.

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27-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

With the tragic passing of Tim Jones from Perfect Prints, it has been agreed that in honour of Tim’s incredible contribution to Targa Tasmania that we will be introducing an annual photography award to be presented at the Targa Tasmania Presentation Dinner each year. The Tim Jones Memorial Photography Award will be presented to the photographer who we feel has captured the essence and spirit of Targa Tasmania. This will be open to all photographers, amateur and professional, and doesn’t necessarily have to be an image of a Targa car, with a myriad of moments happening during the event that capture the spirit of the event. In terms of competitor images; it has also been agreed that we will not be entering into another exclusive photographer agreement for all of our events, including Targa Tasmania. This will mean that all photographers are free to photograph the events and commercialise their images as they choose. We will be welcoming photographers to request space at the Presentation Dinner to sell their images to competitors as Perfect Prints have done for the last 23 years, which will give competitors greater choice and an option to arrange their own photographer if they choose. We believe this structure will inherently bring more photographers to our events and see Targa images receive wider distribution, which in turn will increase the events profile.

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Budget Rent a Car joins Targa Tasmania

27-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Budget Rent a Car is a proud sponsor of Targa Tasmania and is renowned for meticulously maintained vehicles and quality service. We offer a wide range of cars, 4WDs and mini buses as well as Australia’s largest fleet of truck and commercial vehicles. If you’re after a truck or commercial vehicle, visit for comprehensive details on our wide range of vehicles and locations which will suit all of your rental needs.

When you rent a car from Budget you can also earn valuable rewards points. Budget is a proud car rental partner of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program as well as a program participant with the flybuys program. 

Budget always offer customers a great rate and special deals to ensure you Drive your Dollar Further. In fact, Budget’s best cheap car hire rates and offers are available online. 

So start saving now and click on the Hot Deals Page to pick up a bargain today.

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Targa Tasmania 2015 State Map

18-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania returns back to the South this year creating a true North, South, East and West event.  27 April - 2 May 2015
For information on road closures around the state during the event click here

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Technical Regulations - Version 4 released

09-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Version 4 of the Targa Australia Technical Regulations are now available for download under Competition Regulations on our website with mainly clarifications of existing rules included based on some enquiries in recent months along with the return of the previous rule in relation to Classic competition wheel sizes, which will come into effect immediately after this year’s Targa Tasmania.
All changes are highlighted in grey for easy reference.

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Thoroughbred and Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania for the first time

04-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

No roll cage required and normal competition modifications allowed.  Now you really can participate in one of the world's greatest Tarmac Rallies and live out your Targa dreams. Just like Bruce and Gail Absolon have decided to do with their beautiful SL500.

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Targa High Country Early Bird on sale now

02-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa High Country 2015

After the success of the new three day format to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Targa High Country last year, we are excited to let you know that we will again run this course in 2015 from 6th to 8th November with documentation and scrutineering being completed on the 5th November at Mt. Buller. 

Entries are now open, with the ever-popular Early Bird Entry Fee on sale until 17th April.

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Targa Hits International Markets

27-Feb-2015  Alice McKenzie

New Offices opened in Europe and Asia

As the 25th Anniversary running of Targa Tasmania approaches in 2016, Targa Australia are ensuring that it will have the largest international field ever assembled for the Ultimate Tarmac Rally with the opening of Targa’s first international offices in London and Tokyo, which are also two of the world’s great cities.

Both regions have incredible car cultures with the London based office also covering all of Europe and the Tokyo office also covering large markets such as South Korea and China.

Event Director, Mark Perry said “Targa Tasmania has always seen international competitors attend but this has dwindled in recent years with the impact of the GFC hitting hard in both regions combined with a too high Aussie dollar increasing costs to travel half way around the world to race your car.  The world’s economies are on the mend, the dollar is down again and enquiries have increased in past year.  Added to this is the obvious drawcard of the 25th event and all it will have to offer so if we want to ensure that we have a good field of internationals, we need to be marketing and planning for this now as it takes a lot of work to facilitate an entry from overseas if they are bringing their car.  We are also working on a number of Targa car lease options where we will source a car locally to make competing in Targa Tasmania much easier for internationals in the future.”

In opening offices overseas, Targa Australia are investing heavily in the future of Targa Tasmania and Tasmania as one of world’s most beautiful island locations to ensure that the events standing in world motor sport is not only maintained but increased.

The new offices will manage every detail for international competitors, from the freighting of their car to their own travel, documents, accommodation and even meals to ensure a complete `one stop shop’ service is provided.

“We have never been able to provide such a service previously, you just need to have people on the ground who can be easily contacted in the same time zone and speak the language to do this and as the years tick by, the uniqueness of Targa Tasmania increases as does our profile internationally so now is the right time to invest heavily in these markets.  It is fair to say that the last few years have been tough ones for the event and it has had tough periods before.  The opening of our international offices is another sign that exciting times lay ahead and this forms part of our commitment when we took over the event that the future would be a bright one and that the Ultimate Tarmac Rally would see much growth and evolution to ensure it remains relevant for many years to come.” Perry concluded.

Contact details for Targa’s new offices can be found on the Contacts tab of our website at


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Vale - Keri Simms

23-Feb-2015  Alice McKenzie

Vale Keri Simms

Targa Tasmania lost one of its long serving and hardworking senior officials over the weekend with the passing of Keri Simms. Keri or Kiwi as she was affectionately known, officiated at eleven running’s of the Ultimate Tarmac Rally fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a Stage Director in 2014 in spite of ongoing illness. Keri soldiered on leading her team onto the course each day all over the island to ensure our competitors and officials had a fantastic time wherever they were working. Keri sat on our Board of Management as part of her role thus achieving her goals at Targa Tasmania before sadly passing away.

On the behalf of all Targa competitors and officials, we pass our sincere condolences on to Josh, Sara Ann and family.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

10-Feb-2015  Alice McKenzie

The 2015 Targa Hellyer Gorge was an awesome day of grassroots racing over an iconic Targa stage in Northern Tasmania.  Competitors enjoyed nearly 100km of competitive racing on a day of sunshine.
Congratulations to all our winners across 10 competitions.  A special congratulations to our Rookie winners now on their way to Targa Tasmania.
Check out the Southern Cross package for a taste of Targa Hellyer Gorge. 

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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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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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Longford Revival

28-Nov-2014  Alice McKenzie

Expression of Interest now open for the Longford Revival Festival 2015 

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Press release

30-Oct-2014  Alice McKenzie

Newman to debut Jaguar F-TYPE at Targa High Country

Thursday October 30, 2014

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Targa Tasmania Supplementary Regulations V1

19-Sep-2014  Alice McKenzie

We are excited to let you know that the Supplementary Regulations for the `new’ Targa Tasmania in 2015 are now available on the website.   We committed to having these regulations out to you much earlier than in recent years to give you a suitable amount of time to prepare for the `Ultimate Tarmac Rally’.

Click Here to download yourself a copy.  

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FOR SALE - Tarmac Rally Car

03-Sep-2014  Alice McKenzie

BMW E36 M3 

- reluctant sale…as too many cars in the garage - $32,000.

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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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Technical Regulations V3

05-Aug-2014  Alice McKenzie

Version 3 of the 2015-2017 Technical Regulations is now available on the website under the Competition Regulations tab or click here to download.  Changes from Version 2 highlighted in RED. 

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WRC co driver Alessandro Gelsomino

26-Jul-2014  Alice McKenzie

Alex Gelsomino is looking for a professional co-drive in Targa High Country and other Targa events.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge. The 'Gorge' comes alive

03-Jul-2014  Alice McKenzie

Targa Australia organisers have announced a new event for the 2015 motorsport calendar using an iconic stretch of road in Tasmania’s north west.

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2015 Targa Tasmania Press Release

25-Jun-2014  Alice McKenzie

Future of Targa is back to its past

Next year’s Targa Tasmania course will undergo the biggest changes for a decade, including the re-introduction of stages south of Hobart for the first time since 2007.

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Targa High Country Early Bird

20-Jun-2014  Alice McKenzie

Early Birds close 30 JUNE

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Targa AustraliaTechnical Regulations

12-Jun-2014  Alice McKenzie

Targa Australia releases Technical Regulations for 2015-2017 V2

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