Targa Tasmania news 2010-04-23

Targa expertise new Tasmanian export The success of Targa Tasmania, now in its 19th year, has spurned a new industry for Tasmania, with the Hobart office of event organiser, Octagon, taking its product, and its people, interstate. Two years...

Targa expertise new Tasmanian export

The success of Targa Tasmania, now in its 19th year, has spurned a new industry for Tasmania, with the Hobart office of event organiser, Octagon, taking its product, and its people, interstate.

Two years ago, the group started Targa Wrest Point, a two-day rally based on the roads south of the state's capital, with instant success. The 2009 event attracted 160 entries, more than half from interstate, and the 2010 list already has a waiting list.

Now the Hobart Targa office will run a third event, Targa High Country, based out of Mt Buller in Victoria, with the support of Mt Buller and the Mansfield Shire Council.

But it is not merely the full-time staff of Targa Tasmania that will travel to Victoria to establish the third event in the Targa family.

Over 300 Tasmanians will travel across the Tasman to run the event.

"Operationally, the new Targa is a complete Tasmanian event," said Event Director Mark Perry.

"This state has incredible expertise in running these major tarmac rallies. It is unparalleled anywhere in this country.

"It is probably true to say that the expertise this state has in running mass participation tarmac rallies is without peer anywhere in the world.

"It is why the Tour de Corsica looked to create a sister event status with us two years back. Unfortunately, the global financial crisis got in the way of that arrangement, but it is something still very much on the cards for the future.

"Our expertise with Targa-style events has been built up over nearly two decades of running Targa Tasmania. As a business, we would be mad not to take that known skill set to run the new event in Victoria, and any other tarmac event that we might start up in the future.

"So everyone from the clerk of course, stage officials, our road closure teams, media operations, safety crews, will all be Tasmanians, directly engaged by us, or be services provided by businesses owned and operated by Tasmanians," Perry said.

The inaugural Targa High Country will take place from Mt Buller from November 5 to 7 this year.

-source: tagra tasmania

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