Targa goes around the country this weekend

Australia's top tarmac rally will be on show in lounge rooms around the country this weekend, with the Seven Network broadcasting a one-hour special on Targa Tasmania on Sunday at 12 noon. Locally in Tasmania, it will show on Southern Cross TV.

The show has been produced by the Launceston-based Southern Cross TV production team and features all the action and thrills from the 18th running of the classic tarmac rally.

The event has experienced a boom in popularity after providing the back-drop to the Eric Bana movie, Love the Beast, which has now been released world-wide to great acclaim.

The movie shows Bana competing in his beloved Ford Falcon during the 2007 Targa Tasmania, before a crash prematurely ended his campaign, and maybe the racing career of his car.

The one hour special on Seven showcases many of the modern and classic cars that makes up the 250-strong field at this year's event.

The show's executive producer, Tim Boric, is delighted with the quality of the program that his team has put together.

"I think that this year's show really captures all the excitement and drama of the event," Boric said.

"We're lucky to be able to film great cars on beautiful roads that run through stunning scenery. So the raw material we had to work with is fantastic but the production crew has put together a program that really tells the story of this six-day epic journey through Tasmania."

-credit: targatasmania.com.au