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

$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.

Event director Mark Perry said the spectators would get a thrill out of seeing the line-up

“We’ve got everything from your Porsches and Ferraris to your Dodge Vipers, Mustangs and classic Toranas,” he said.

“We’ll also have all your typical rally cars, but the Targa rally is planned with those sort of high-powered GT cars in mind.”

Mr Perry said the winding roads of the Far North would make things interesting for high-powered muscle cars, which typically dominate in the straights.

“The Japanese rally-style cars will be quite competitive on those narrow winding roads,” he said.

The cars will be part of Targa Fest on The Esplanade in Cairns on September 1 from 4pm until 9pm, providing locals and visitors with the chance to get up close to the full Targa field.

Field and support crews will also be taking lunch stops at Atherton (August 31), Malanda (September 1) and Ravenshoe (September 2).

Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer Pip Close said the cars travelling out to the Tablelands for lunch would ensure the whole region would benefit from the event.

“Events like Targa Great Barrier Reef are great for spreading the tourism dollar throughout the region,” she said.

Targa Great Barrier Reef gets under way outside the Reef Hotel Casino on Friday August 31 with cars leaving the official start from 7.20am through to 9.30am, before heading into the opening stage south of Cairns.

Those looking to see the cars in action will be able to catch them at Targa Fest, the starting line or the champagne event at the Cairns finish line about 5pm

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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