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2019 Targa Great Barrier Reef entries are now open

07-Sep-2018  Brittany Smith

After one of the most successful Targa events ever held, the amount of interest in entering the 2019 Targa Great Barrier Reef has been immense.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 - Day 3 Highlights

06-Sep-2018  Brittany Smith

Check out the highlights from the incredible final day of Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018! With some great stages, breakfast at Rainforestation and the incredible official finish today was the perfect way to sign off 3 very special days in Cairns. See you in 2019!!

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Targa organisers looking to expand event across the Far North

04-Sep-2018  Brittany Smith

The stunning coastal strip ­between Cairns and Port Douglas could form part of next year’s Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally.

Organisers will sit down with Douglas Shire Council next month, as part of a visit to debrief with all stakeholders in the wake of the inaugural event, to discuss how “we can incorporate them into the event in year two and beyond”.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 - Day 2 Highlights

03-Sep-2018  Brittany Smith

Check out the highlights from an incredible 2nd day at Targa Great Barrier Reef which featured 7 stages and some epic action before the awe inspiring Targafest held on the Cairns Esplanade.

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Marshalls on cusp of taking TSD Trophy title

03-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Darryl and Peter Marshall remain the crew to beat in the TSD Trophy class as the CAMS Australian Targa Championship nears its conclusion.

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White claims historic Targa Great Barrier Reef win

03-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Dodge Viper pair Jason and John White completed a dominant outright victory at the maiden Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in Tropical North Queensland.

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What the drivers said

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

The Targa media team caught up with some of the competitors after three awesome days of competition.

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Yelds prevails in Shannons Classic Handicap nailbiter

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Volvo man Ashley Yelds and co-driver Charlie Hughes survived a gruelling run to win the Shannons Classic Handicap class at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Championship chase heads to the final round

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

The battle for the top two CAMS Australian Targa Championship driver’s titles is taking shape after the running of Targa Great Barrier Reef, the third round in the four-round series.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 - Day 1 Highlights

02-Sep-2018  Brittany Smith

Check out the highlights from an incredible first day of Targa Great Barrier Reef which saw spectators and crews alike enjoying the stunning weather and incredible roads.

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What they said – the leaders on Day 2

01-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our Targa reporter caught up with some of the leading drivers from across the classes at the end of Day 2 of Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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White eyes victory at Targa Great Barrier Reef

01-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Tasmanian Jason White has completed another invincible display to head into the final day of the Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally armed with a crucial buffer.

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White clutches slender lead on opening day

31-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Tasmanian Jason White has taken the honours on the opening day of competition at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally based in Cairns.

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Stokell charged to maintain Targa points push

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Queenslander Paul Stokell and new Kiwi co-driver Malcolm Read are looking forward to continuing their climb on the points table when the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef starts tomorrow.

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Natalie Gardiner set to fly female flag at Targa Great Barrier Reef

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Newcastle’s Natalie Gardiner is unperturbed about being the only female driver in the competition section of Australia’s newest tarmac rally, Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Crews finalise preparations as Targa Great Barrier Reef start looms

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Australia’s topline tarmac rally racers are touching off final preparations for the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns man Steve Van der Brug gears up for Targa in the tropics

21-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

The creation of the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally was the catalyst for Cairns builder Steve Van der Brug to take the plunge into the challenging motorsport genre.

Having spent about 10 years racing on dirt with Kharnacross, Van der Brug said it had always been a dream to race in Targa.

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Oldest car rebuilt for Targa Great Barrier Reef

20-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

The oldest car among the 200-plus entries for Targa Great Barrier Reef has been painstakingly rebuilt for the maiden event that will showcase Tropical North Queensland.

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White braces for tough challenge

15-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Ace pair Jason and John White are bracing for their toughest challenge yet at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland.

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Targa campaigner ready for tropical test

13-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Highly experienced tarmac rally entrant David Watson is itching to ease back into the driver’s seat at the exciting new Targa Great Barrier Reef competition in tropical North Queensland.

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Convoy of exotic supercars and historic sports cars gearing up for Far North road race

12-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

The countdown is on until some of Australia’s best exotic supercars and historic sports cars hit Far North Queensland’s scenic roads.

Selling out in just two weeks, Porsche owners from the southern states were among the field of more than 200 cars to have snapped up the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns mechanic signs up for dream race

11-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

Taking part in Targa Great Barrier Reef is more than just a race for Cairns mechanic Shane Buchanan. 

It’s a labour of love. He has spent the past four months rebuilding his 1983 Mitsubishi Starion from the ground up especially for the event.

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Bray to adopt cautious approach

10-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

CAMS Australia Targa Championship Classic GT points leader Michael Bray hopes to extend his winning run in his class at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Targa Tasmania 2018 Classic TV Show Preview

09-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

Our Targa Tasmania 2018 Classic (Feat. TSD & Tour) TV Show is premiering on Channel NINE this Saturday 11th August at 12:30PM in Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland & New South Wales.

Make sure you tune in to relive all the action from Targa Tasmania 2018 - check out the sneak peak below!

Both our Modern Show & Classic Show will be available for free download soon.

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Father and son to compete at Targa Great Barrier Reef

08-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

A Father and son will be pitted against each other in an epic battle for family bragging rights.

Five time Australian rally champion Ross Dunkerton will compete against his eldest boy Aaron, who is a lawyer, in the Targa Great Barrier Reef run.

It’s the first time the pair have faced off in a race.

Article courtesy of Cairns Post - 8.8.18

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Official Spectator Guide - Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018

08-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

There is an overwhelming level of excitement about the first ever Targa Great Barrier Reef. 

So much so that we have produced a special detailed spectator guide to help you to see all the action, as it unfolds, and more importantly, watch Targa safely. 

Download yours now and get ready for the Targa action to begin on 31st August.

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Crews accelerate preparations

07-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Competitors are touching off intricate reconnaissance runs in the lead up to Targa Great Barrier Reef from August 31-September 2.

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Rare motor Targa-bound

02-Aug-2018  Brittany Smith

Bruce and Gail Absolon are back and raring to hit the track with a brand new set of wheels.

Keeping the iconic blue of Team Whitsunday's past cars, the racing power couple's new rig throws some eye-catching orange into the mix to put their region on the map.

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Over $20 million worth of cars lined up for Cairns Targa rally

25-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

$20 MILLION worth of cars are set to line the Esplanade for the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef rally.

215 competitors will take to the road on August 31 for the rally, but Cairns car enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to check out some quality engines.

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Targa North West to again kick off 2019 Championship

12-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

After the very successful running of the first two day Targa North West earlier this year, 2019 will see a 'business as usual' approach to the Burnie based event, with it again being the opening round of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef Wants To Run Closed Stage on Coast Road

12-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

The organisers of the Targa Great Barrier Reef road race want to use the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas for the event, which involves closing the road for up to four hours, as soon as next year if possible.

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Targa Australia Events Go Global

10-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

Exciting news for the Targa world today, with Targa Australia signing an International distribution agreement, which will see the 2018 Targa Tasmania TV shows and the upcoming Targa Great Barrier Reef TV Show, telecast to 130 countries around the world, over the coming months.

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Cairns Post Article 7.7.18

10-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

Check out our half page spread in the Cairns Post over the weekend.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef – Inaugural Course Released

07-Jul-2018  Brittany Smith

Targa Great Barrier Reef is promising plenty of excitement at the end of next month with the first ever running of a Targa event in Queensland. 

The new event, to be based in Cairns from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September, is modelled on the world’s largest tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania, which has been held annually on the Apple Isle since making its debut in 1992. 

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Shannons Extend Long Association To New Event

22-Jun-2018  Brittany Smith

Shannons, who have the rare distinction of supporting every Targa Tasmania held since 1992, have just agreed to extend their close association with Targa Australia in agreeing to sponsor the exciting new Targa Great Barrier Reef for the next three years.

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Targa team numbers capped at 215 in Cairns

07-Jun-2018  Brittany Smith

Competitor numbers have been limited to 215 in the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in three months.

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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino To Support Targa Great Barrier Reef

06-Jun-2018  Brittany Smith

The first running of Targa Great Barrier Reef promises to bring plenty of excitement to the Cairns region. With the event positioned to attract high earning visitors to Cairns, it was always going to have great synergies with Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in being able to provide these visitors with the high quality stay, that they will be looking for in late August and early September.

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Targa High Country 2018 Street Stage

25-May-2018  Brittany Smith

We have been exploring all options to ensure that it could continue to be, so with this now completed, we are also excited to announce that the Mansfield Street Stage will go ahead for the 9th time this year and will actually be 400 metres longer than the 2017 version. At 4.6km, it will now only be 200 metres shorter than the famous, George Town Super Street Stage.

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Mates Ready To Burn Rubber On Big Tarmac Circuit

21-May-2018  Brittany Smith

The Far North’s main motor racing organisation, FNQ Motorsports Club, is heavily involved in Targa Great Barrier Reef.

Vice-president Trevor Thompson said it was an opportunity to showcase the club, which was restricted to dirt venues because of the lack of a tarmac circuit in the region.

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Targa Great Barrier Reef is becoming bigger than expected

21-May-2018  Brittany Smith

Organisers of the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in the Far North are considering limiting numbers after being overwhelmed with entries.

Participant numbers have hit 214, far more than a target of 150 for the three-day event from August 31 to September 2.

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Freight options for Targa Great Barrier Reef 2019 announced

We are excited to once again, announce a deal with national car freighter, CEVA to help get all of the amazing Targa cars to Cairns in time for the start on 30th August and home again post event.

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10th Anniversary Targa High Country Opens for Entries

The 10th running of Targa High Country, who would have thought! 

For years they said you would never get a true multi-stage Targa event up and running in Victoria, but after some solid work throughout 2009, Targa High Country came to life on 5th November 2010, when 204 Targa cars descended on the streets of Mansfield for the first ever Mansfield Targa Stage.


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CAMS Australian Targa Championship Hots Up after Targa Tasmania

At the half way point of this year’s CAMS Australian Targa Championship, it is anyone’s game across all of the ten competitions, especially the two Outright competitions for Modern and Classic cars. 


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Final day ... what the driver's said

Our reporter caught up with all the class winners and key competitors after a hugely successful 28th running of Targa Tasmania.


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