Sign up now for Targa Tasmania 2009

 the most thrilling car rally on earth

Now is the time to sign up and start planning for the ultimate car rally which takes place in Tasmania, the world’s most mountainous island, from 28th April to 3rd May 2009. 

Serious interest in Targa Tasmania from motoring enthusiasts following the Goodwood Festival of Speed means that Great Britain looks set to be well represented on the starting line of the most thrilling car rally on earth, as it celebrates its 18th birthday. 

Targa Tasmania gives 300-plus drivers a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive their vehicles the way they were designed to be driven in front of 200,000 spectators.

Grandstand Motor Sports is Targa Tasmania’s one-stop-shop booking partner in the UK and can make all arrangements from shipping a car from the UK to Australia, to providing flights, stopovers, the Bass Strait crossing, accommodation, assisting with the race entry and even finding a service crew to help out during the rally itself.

In true Targa tradition, there is no prize money, just the thrill of competing, and the honour of receiving a magnificent trophy. Despite the impressive line up of vintage, classic and high performance cars, the organisers of Targa are keen to point out that the rally is open to everyone ranging from leisure motorists and touring cars to serious competitors.  The various categories are as follows:

The Historic Car Rally is open to cars manufactured in 1979 or earlier, and is a perfect mix of motorsport and leisure activities.  A six day tour led by local car enthusiasts takes motorists through Tasmania’s stunning wilderness scenery via some of the event’s signature rally stages. The price per person is £1239 including accommodation and the ferry crossing from Melbourne, but excluding international flights and shipping. Grandstand Motor Sports can assist with shipping a car, or there is very limited availability for an ‘arrive and drive’ package whereby it is possible to collect a race-ready car in Melbourne.

The Touring Rally gives drivers the chance to experience the thrill of driving on closed roads using both sides of the road, without the pressure of competition or the need to modify the car. Motorists drive on the same Targa stages as the competitors, and can participate in all the event’s social functions and showcase their car at the vehicle expos.

To compete in Targa Tasmania itself, there are several categories open to classic and modern car enthusiasts:

 - the most thrilling car rally on earth

Now is the time to sign up and start planning for the ultimate car rally which takes place in Tasmania, the world’s most mountainous island, from 28th April to 3rd May 2009. 

Serious interest in Targa Tasmania from motoring enthusiasts following the Goodwood Festival of Speed means that Great Britain looks set to be well represented on the starting line of the most thrilling car rally on earth, as it celebrates its 18th birthday. 

Targa Tasmania gives 300-plus drivers a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive their vehicles the way they were designed to be driven in front of 200,000 spectators.

Grandstand Motor Sports is Targa Tasmania’s one-stop-shop booking partner in the UK and can make all arrangements from shipping a car from the UK to Australia, to providing flights, stopovers, the Bass Strait crossing, accommodation, assisting with the race entry and even finding a service crew to help out during the rally itself.

In true Targa tradition, there is no prize money, just the thrill of competing, and the honour of receiving a magnificent trophy. Despite the impressive line up of vintage, classic and high performance cars, the organisers of Targa are keen to point out that the rally is open to everyone ranging from leisure motorists and touring cars to serious competitors.  The various categories are as follows:

The Historic Car Rally is open to cars manufactured in 1979 or earlier, and is a perfect mix of motorsport and leisure activities.  A six day tour led by local car enthusiasts takes motorists through Tasmania’s stunning wilderness scenery via some of the event’s signature rally stages. The price per person is £1239 including accommodation and the ferry crossing from Melbourne, but excluding international flights and shipping. Grandstand Motor Sports can assist with shipping a car, or there is very limited availability for an ‘arrive and drive’ package whereby it is possible to collect a race-ready car in Melbourne.

The Touring Rally gives drivers the chance to experience the thrill of driving on closed roads using both sides of the road, without the pressure of competition or the need to modify the car. Motorists drive on the same Targa stages as the competitors, and can participate in all the event’s social functions and showcase their car at the vehicle expos.

 To compete in Targa Tasmania itself, there are several categories open to classic and modern car enthusiasts:

Rookie Rallye

Ideal for first-timers, this is a shorter course competition held over the prologue and the first two days of the rally, with the ultimate goal for winners being free full entry into Targa Tasmania in 2010.

Vintage Rallye

Reserved for vehicles manufactured up to 31 December 1946, this takes place over four days and four legs of Targa Tasmania.

Targa Tasmania Classic

The classic Targa Tasmania is divided into two categories - vehicles manufactured up to 31 December 1971 and those manufactured from 1 January 1972 to 31 December 1990.  Targa Tasmania Classic takes place over the full six days of the competition.

Targa Tasmania Modern

For high performance vehicles manufactured after 1 January 1991, this takes place over the full six days of competition.

For further information about participating in Targa Tasmania, call Grandstand Motor Sports on 0845 375 0300  or visit  grandstandmotorsports.co.uk/targa or targa.org.au

For more information about Tasmania, visit discovertasmania.co.uk


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