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COMMUNITY

While Targa Tasmania is committed to providing a fantastic experience for its competitors, it is also committed to benefiting the broader community.

The Local Region

Targa events bring millions of dollars into Tasmania and Victoria each year. The events are deliberately designed to benefit small towns and regional areas, with planned rest stops where crews spend on accommodation, fuel and food. Interstate and capital city spectators are also drawn into these regions, providing a boost to local tourism. Event organisers work closely with government departments, municipal councils, service clubs, transport groups, local businesses and residents along the stage routes to ensure their perspectives are well understood and considered in all stages of planning. The Targa events are reliant on local community support and, recognising this, organisers place high value on supporting community priorities in return.

Schools

In the interests of improving driver education and road safety, Targa has developed programs for primary and secondary school students. Drivers bring their cars and rally apparel to the school, showing students through the extensive safety systems involved. The aim is to give students an understanding of how race safety is managed, and highlight that the average road vehicle is not suited to driving at high speeds or under difficult conditions. Police management processes are also outlined to illustrate the differences between safe competition practices and unsafe general road use.

Older students may be given a basic introduction to vehicle components and the opportunity to partake in a professionally instructed, low speed driving task. This is presented as part of the CAMS Ignition program and emphasises that good, safe driving is a complex skill. There are also various ways schools can benefit financially from Targa. Fundraising opportunities exist for schools and other community groups to cater for crew lunches. Profits from these lunch sales have enabled some schools to erect new buildings, improve facilities and buy updated equipment. Targa has also made donations and conducted coin drops to support local schools with similar initiatives.

The Spectators

One of the most rewarding aspects of Targa, for both organisers and participants, is seeing the enjoyment the event brings to the thousands of spectators who line the roadsides each year. Spectators travel from interstate and even overseas to watch the rally, with many bringing eskies, BBQs and even couches to make the outing a real party. Fans are encouraged to use the spectator viewing areas set up on each stage of the course, as these areas are identified as offering the best possible views from the safest locations. Targa organisers also work closely with local councils and community groups to develop street parties, night stages and other side activities which provide interaction with drivers and their vehicles and maximise the Targa fan's overall experience.

Targa Tasmania 2019 Spectator Guide

With more than 33 competitive stages covering an overall total distance of 2000km, there are a veritable endless choice of spectator vantage points at Targa Tasmania from April 29 to May 4.

As the time-honoured tarmac rally sweeps the length and breadth of the state, we have compiled an exhaustive Spectator’s Guide that covers everything you need to know to help you safely enjoy the event.


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Reeves buoyed by Hyundai factory Targa debut

Accomplished gravel rally driver Brendan Reeves is excited about returning to Targa Tasmania to spearhead Hyundai’s maiden Australian factory motorsport effort.

As announced last month, Reeves will take the wheel of a production-based i30 N hatch with sister Rhianon Gelsomino calling the pace notes.


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Porsche gun eyes Targa redemption

Matt Close is primed to resume his arm wrestle with one of the most successful tarmac racers in Australia at Targa Tasmania from April 29-May 4.

While under no illusion of the gravity of stopping the all-conquering Dodge Viper of Jason and John White, Close is looking forward to another challenge.


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Bray primed for Shannons Classic GT fireworks

Defending CAMS Australian Targa Classic outright champ Michael Bray is ready to return to winning form at Targa Tasmania from April 29-May 4.

Bray suffered a rare reliability issue in his 1975 Holden Torana in the dying kilometres of Targa High Country last November.
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