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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

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