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About Targa Australia

Targa is a genuine, red-blooded motorsport event. Inspired by its namesake, Targa Florio, it is a tarmac rally designed for the true motoring enthusiast. Drawing on concepts directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse we have created the world’s largest Tarmac Rally.

A Tarmac Rally is a unique form of motorsport where Tarmac Rally Cars compete on sealed roads closed for competition. Cars start at 30-second intervals and race against the clock, and themselves with the winner being the fastest car over all stages. 

But what makes Targa truly unique is the opportunity to take part in the Targa tour. The Targa tour was designed for you to enjoy your pride and joy, on some of the world’s most beautiful driving roads without the pressure of competition. In the tour you will experience the primal thrill of tackling turn after turn, the exhilaration of driving your car, as it was designed, on roads that are otherwise never closed.

Mission Statement 

To conduct unique, competitive, international motor rallies as ultimate tourist attractions.

 Principles 

  • To organise and conduct unique, world standard and seriously challenging international motor sport competition on bitumen roads throughout Australia.
  • To bring together an exclusive field of Sports Cars, Grand Touring Cars and other cars of distinction, representing the evolution of the sporting automobile from 1900 to the present.
  • To use the competition as a focal point for a festival of functions, entertainment and associated activity to create an overall event attractive to all audiences.
  • To ensure that Targa Tasmania continues to be a high prestige occasion recognised throughout the world of automobile competition as an essential annual activity for owners and serious collectors of sporting automobiles.
  • To increase international awareness of Australia and in particular, to enhance Australia’s status as a quality tourist destination.
  • To ensure the continuing enthusiasm and support for the events from the local communities.
  • To generate sufficient revenue to meet the expenditure needed to stage an event in accordance with these principles, and sufficient accumulated surplus to secure its long-term financial viability.
  • To ensure that all involved in staging the event derive optimum satisfaction and enjoyment from their involvement.

Vale - Lester Marshall

It is with great sadness we advise the Targa family that 28-year veteran official Joy Marshall lost her husband Lester on Friday 15 November to cancer. 
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Stokell and Downey secure prestigious CAMS awards

Queenslander Paul Stokell has landed back-to-back CAMS Australian Targa Championships following his stellar season.
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What the drivers said - Day 3 of THC

Our reporter caught up with many of the leading drivers and class winners at the finish at Mt Buller today. Fair to say, they were all glad that they had made it to the finish.
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Great finish to 10th Anniversary Targa High Country

Jason White and his uncle John White tamed tricky conditions to surge to a fourth Outright win in the demanding Targa High Country.
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