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TS50
6th May 2014, 10:09 AM
I know not a lot of you know a lot about Targa Tasmania
but it has been a great event fro Tasmania
Some amazing vehicles have contested this event and does make for some great viewing

http://www.targa.com.au/tc/news_details.asp?asset_id=20019

Let the show begin ....

05-May-2014 Ian Chesterman

When Targa Tasmania started 23 years ago, its founder John Large described it as ďa multi-million dollar motor show on wheels.Ē

Hundreds of thousands of Tasmanians have since witnessed the event, which still shows no signs of slowing down, as the 2014 edition gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday).


A number of competitors put their cars through their final paces at Symmons Plains Raceway earlier today, with the 150-car field to leave the Country Club Tasmania in Launceston tomorrow morning for a warm-up closed-road stage at Kayena before the 4.1km Temco Prologue around the streets of George Town.


Early dramas included a damaged engine for Sydney driver Adam Kaplanís 1988 Holden HSV Group A SS Commodore, with his team working desperately to get the car repaired in time for the event start.


The event proper will blast off on Wednesday with eight stages encompassing the North and North-West of the state, starting from Launceston with a lunch stop at Railton before returning to Launceston, with stages near Westwood, High Plains, Sheffield, Nook, Moriarty, Paloona, and Mt Roland.


The six-day event will finish in Hobart on Sunday after covering almost 2000km with 37 closed-road competitive stages along the way.


Lunch stops will be also held at St Helens on Thursday, Ulverstone on Friday, Burnie on Saturday and Tarraleah on Sunday.


This yearís competition is broken down into 11 categories, catering for classic and modern cars ranging from 1934 to modern and brand new showroom competitions.


In addition to outright modern and classic sections, the categories also include handicap competitions in early classic, late classic and early modern classes.


The event is also the fourth and final double-points round of the Australian Targa Championship.

Defending champions and defending Targa Tasmania winners Jason and John White, will compete in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, after their Lamborghini Gallardo caught fire, causing more than $200,000 worth of damage in the third round of the championship, Targa Wrest Point, in January.