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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!

I’ve always enjoyed watching all forms of motorsport including the glory days of Group B international rallying, so it was only natural to have ‘Drive in a Targa Rally’ as one of my bucket list items to tick off.

Rallying itself can be traced back to the 1894 Concours des Voitures sans Chevaux sponsored by a Paris newspaper. The term “rally” is speculated to have originated from the Monte Carlo Rally in 1911. These events led directly to a period of city-to-city road races in France and other European countries which introduced many of the features found in rallies as we know them today.

Targa Australia now run the CAMS Australian Targa Championship which is a four round tarmac rally series;
– Targa North West
– Targa Tasmania
– Targa Great Barrier Reef
– Targa High Country

One of the options for participating is via a Targa Tour where you enjoy the same event as the competition drivers & the same closed competitive stages. In 2018 my partner Lyn and I joined the Targa High Country Tour and here are our five reasons not to do a Targa Rally (and a big photo gallery for proof);

1. The roads are too twisty and closed

Without doubt the most annoying thing was the numerous tight and twisty roads, all that steering wheel turning, gear changing, camber changes or achieving that sweet balance between throttle and brake became really tiring after the first stage. Worse still, the road would be closed, yes, no traffic or authorities to worry about, you can drive on both sides of the road, really silly if you ask me. So if you enjoy lovely straight highways then please don’t come to Targa.

2. You need to smile all the time

I did go back and check all our documentation and unfortunately there wasn’t a warning about this. (we’ve since complained to Targa to warn future participants) From the time you get up to prepare to meet at the marshalling area to the end of each stage, to the last steps walking back to your room at night; you feel happy and everyone else makes you smile along the way too. It is definitely not a driving event you should do if you don’t like to smile.

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