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Mates Ready To Burn Rubber On Big Tarmac Circuit

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.

“If our members are not driving in the event they are volunteering,” he said.

Twenty-seven Cairns-based crews have entered the Targa, which will be staged on roads surrounding Cairns.

Steve van der Brug and his partner Linda Rankine, who will navigate, have entered a 2010 Subaru WRX STI in the GT4 four-wheel-drive category.

He bought the car in Tasmania and has just returned from participating in his first Targa, the Targa Tasmania.

“We had an absolute ball and we finished,” Mr van der Brug said.

“We had a wonderful time, it was very enjoyable. We did OK.”

Mr van der Brug said he had been involved with motorsports for 10 years and was “absolutely” looking forward to the Far Northern Targa.

Graham Struber of Northern Wheel Aligners said he was building a Targa vehicle using the firm’s 1980 Datsun 1200 “Dustbin” ute.

With his wife and navigator Angela Watts they are entered in the classic category.

The engine is being rebuilt, plus other modifications, as well as adding a roll cage.

“We reckon it should do 185km/h,” he said.

Mr Struber said he and his wife had always wanted to race the Targa and, now it was being held in the Far North, there was no excuse.

He said, while the exact route was under wraps, he had seen the Targa start and finish markers (TS and TF) on the Kuranda Range and at Green Hill near Gordonvale.



Article courtesy of Cairns Post.

Christmas Closure Dates

Targa Australia Offices will be closed from Friday 21st December, 2018 and re-opening Monday 7th January, 2019.

2018 was a very big year for the Targa family, a year that included our first brand new event since 2010 in Targa Great Barrier Reef, which was a massive success in its first year. 

We would like to wish all of our loyal customers, sponsors and officials a very joyous and safe Christmas and New Year period.

We look forward to seeing you all at a Targa Australia event in 2019.


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Plenty of Surprises in 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship

With more competitors than any other national motorsport championship, the CAMS Australian Targa Championship is tough to win, no matter which competition you take part in.

The recent running of Targa High Country saw the winners crowned and a fun filled casual dinner on top of Mt. Buller, where MC, Glenn Ridge had the capacity crowd in stitches of laughter.


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Targa North West Tour 2019

For the first time, a Targa Tour will be held at Targa North West. It is a fantastic way to take part in a Targa event without all the preparation and pressure of competing. 


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Here Are The Top Five Reasons To Not Do A Targa Rally

5. You will become addicted

This is another big gap in the documentation from Targa Australia, nowhere does it warn you about this and it will be hard for many to avoid. Although, once you get a taste for the amazing twisty closed roads, being part of a large motorsport event, drooling over lots of cars, getting sore cheeks from smiling too much and getting that little taste of what race drivers get to enjoy….you will most likely become addicted and want to do it again. You’ve been warned!
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