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

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.

Event director Mark Perry said 28 Porsches would arrive in Cairns on August 30 ready for the exceptional driving experience of Targa Great Barrier Reef, from August 31 to September 2.

“Porsche regularly runs tours in conjunction with Targa events and the inaugural Porsche Cars Australia Targa Great Barrier Reef Tour attracted strong interest from Porsche owners wanting a holiday while enjoying their vehicle,” he said.

Professional racing drivers Alex Davison and Bathurst 1000 winner Luke Youlden will be the high-profile leaders of the tour group, travelling more than 900km over 18 stages.

Porsche Cars Australia Marketing Director Toni Andreevski said the tour was ideal for recent model Porsche owners wanting to drive their vehicle the way it was designed under safe conditions.

“Targa has very safe on-road conditions with roads closed so there is no oncoming traffic and both sides of the road can be used,” he said.

“Groups of six to eight will follow an experienced tour leader and the touring cars will drive in convoy to the posted speed limits while enjoying the countryside.

“It’s a relaxed touring experience that appeals to couples, whether that’s partners, mates, a father and son or mother and daughter combination.

“These people are passionate about their sports cars so we design an event that combines that passion with a sociable holiday.”

The Porsche Cars Australia Tour includes high-end accommodation and meals with the group of 65 dining together each evening, while on Saturday evening local Porsche owners will swell the size of the party to 100.

Porsche Centre Townsville will host a Drive the Range day in the week leading up to Targa to showcase the Porsche model range to prospective local buyers.

Two 718 GTS coupes, the latest member of the Cayman family, will be driven by high-profile motoring writers at Targa Great Barrier Reef.

A beefed-up version of its junior Cayman coupe, the GTS, is powered by a lively 2.5 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 269kW of power and 430Nm of torque accessible across a wide rev range.

Targa Great Barrier Reef is round three of the four-event CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

Rounds 1 and 2 took place in Tasmania earlier this year, with the series being decided at Targa High Country in Victoria from November 9 to 11 this year.

Targa rallies have four categories, which divide the field into touring and competitive groups, with the touring groups first to leave to ensure the road is clear for the competitors to follow at a faster pace.

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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The Porsche Targa High Country Tour in a 718 Cayman GTS

Sports cars are designed to be driven hard. Foot to the floor, tyres gripping, the engine singing, and you don’t even glance at the speedometer. Try doing that on a public road, though, and say goodbye to your car and licence. But what if you could do all that legally? The Targa Australia rally series is just that.

CarAdvice was invited to the Porsche Targa High Country Tour this year to drive the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS around Mount Buller, Mansfield, and Eildon over three days.


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Now available for FREE Download: Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 TV Show

Just over 2 months ago, we successfully completed the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef and now is your chance to re-live the event. The full Channel 9 TV Show is now available for FREE download & unlimited streaming to all devices.


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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2019 Early Bird closing soon *NOW CLOSED*

With our 200th entry just received, 2019 is looking at being bigger & better than 2018! The field will again be capped, so make sure you don’t miss out on being a part of all the excitement next year.


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