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Testimonials

Targa Australia is naturally appreciative of the efforts of the thousands of volunteer officials who come out each year in rain, hail or shine to help run the event smoothly for the benefit of the competitors, most of whom are cosseted in enclosed vehicles.

"Let me tell you, they are indispensable," says Mark. "I am constantly amazed and immensely grateful to the men and women of all ages and backgrounds who come out to play each year.


A couple that has "pretty much seen it all" is Bothwell couple Ron and Marcia Brown, two of Targa's long-serving stalwarts.

Their daughter Samantha was an official in the inaugural event and was so enthused she persuaded Ron and Marcia to get involved. The timing was fortuitous because Ron had just retired from his job as an electrical engineer with Pasminco.

Assisted by Marcia "all the way", Ron took on the very important volunteer role of Support Services Manager, responsible for the safe storage and maintenance of the plethora of event equipment; items such as control and timing boards, clocks, tables, cones, lights, safety tape and so on. At event time, Ron and Marcia arrange distribution of the equipment to the road and stage crews. Then they drive the stages, ensuring that everything is working properly, and replace any faulty equipment.

As if that significant role wasn't enough to keep them busy, in 2000 Ron added Communications Equipment Manager to his Targa portfolio. "It's been really enjoyable" says Ron. "We've met lots of great people and made many friends from all over Australia". After 19 years and at 71 years old, Ron's decided to pull back a little will relinquish the Support Service role but he will still be a familiar and welcome face as he's continuing to look after the communications equipment "for a while longer".

Having seen, up close, the trials, tribulations and evolution of Targa Tasmania over almost its entire existence, the Browns are well qualified to comment on the event.

"Yes, we've watched it grow over the years and seen it become a really polished event," says Ron. "We love it.
There is absolutely no argument that, without the hundreds of dedicated and enthusiastic officials that give up their time to assist in running our Targa events, the events simply would not happen. It would be an untenable commercial proposition.

Christmas Closure Dates

Targa Australia Offices will be closed from Friday 21st December, 2018 and re-opening Monday 7th January, 2019.

2018 was a very big year for the Targa family, a year that included our first brand new event since 2010 in Targa Great Barrier Reef, which was a massive success in its first year. 

We would like to wish all of our loyal customers, sponsors and officials a very joyous and safe Christmas and New Year period.

We look forward to seeing you all at a Targa Australia event in 2019.


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Plenty of Surprises in 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship

With more competitors than any other national motorsport championship, the CAMS Australian Targa Championship is tough to win, no matter which competition you take part in.

The recent running of Targa High Country saw the winners crowned and a fun filled casual dinner on top of Mt. Buller, where MC, Glenn Ridge had the capacity crowd in stitches of laughter.


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Targa North West Tour 2019

For the first time, a Targa Tour will be held at Targa North West. It is a fantastic way to take part in a Targa event without all the preparation and pressure of competing. 


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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!
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