Now in its 28th season, Targa Tasmania, the international motorsport event will be visiting the Derwent Valley and New Norfolk on Friday May 3rd.
Targa is a tarmac rally that travels over 2000kms with almost 40 competitive stages on closed roads for the true motoring enthusiast, catering for up to 300 selected cars approved by invitation.
The official event website outlines that Targa Tasmania’s heritage comes from a passionate history dating back to 1906 in Sicily, where the inaugural “Targa Florio” was unveiled. Targa Florio took its name from organizer Vincenzo Florio. Each winner was presented with a plate bearing the Florio family crest. The Italian word for plate is “Targa”, hence the name, “Targa”. While Targa Florio is no longer a competitive race, every year a pilgrimage still takes place driving the Sicilian Course.
Our competition also draws concepts directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse to create the worlds largest Tarmac Rally with a cross-section of marvellously restored classic vehicles as well as the latest in grand touring and sports vehicles.
While all competitors who cross the finish line receive a finishers medallion, those who qualify in completing each stage under a pre-set time will also receive a Targa Plate.
This is the ultimate experience – this is the Ultimate Tarmac Rally.
Event organisers advise that spectators are in for a real treat over the six-day event with 265 cars ranging from a 1938 Dodge Speedster Special to present-day road-going supercars including Dodge Vipers and Porsches.
The sheer volume and range of machinery essentially provide a rolling automotive museum to reaches most parts of Tasmania, ensuring that there is something to admire and follow for all spectators.
At the start of each stage the Targa Tour cars (slowest) will be waved off first while the outright competitors (fastest) are the last class to get underway.
A stage-by-stage breakdown will give you an insight on where you can safely position yourself and offer tips on how to leave a stage before the roads are reopened.
An example to help maximise your experience is to find a junction or intersecting road where you can either arrive or leave before the stage ends.
Alternatively, you need to be in place before any particular road is closed and be mindful that you may not be able to leave for quite a few hours until officials reopen the roads.
There is a handy guide for enthusiasts who are keen to sample live six days of some of the hottest tarmac rally action in the world.
Download the Spectator Guide from the official website.
- road closure times
- explanation of coloured safety tapes
- crucial tips on positioning
Importantly Targa Tasmania officials and police will not allow a stage to start if spectators are not deemed to be in a safe location.