TARMAC: Targa Tasmania - Arthur's Creek couple spotlight

Arthur's Creek couple set for Targa Tasmania challenge Targa Tasmania is about the passion for cars and need for speed, which is why Arthur's Creek couple, Henry and Roslyn Drapper, will line up in Launceston on April 17 in their 1961 Morris...

Arthur's Creek couple set for Targa Tasmania challenge

Targa Tasmania is about the passion for cars and need for speed, which is why Arthur's Creek couple, Henry and Roslyn Drapper, will line up in Launceston on April 17 in their 1961 Morris Mini Minor.

"Targa Tasmania is a must do event", said Henry. "We've been doing it for years."

The Drapper's first entered Australia's ultimate touring event back in 1996.

"It's something special that can't be done anywhere else in Australia, or the world."

Their beloved 1961 Morris Mini Minor has a fair amount of grunt in it when Henry puts it through its paces.

"It's a little car but it's quick down the hills," said Henry.

"We've had a couple of crashes over the years but that's what sorts out who can really drive."

Henry is a fan of the big, open stages where he can put his Morris Mini Minor through its paces.

"I am a bit competitive, he who dares wins."

Henry's wife, Roslyn, won the Gold Targa award at last year's event. She will co-drive with her husband Henry again this year.

"She's very good at it, better than most, but we don't do as much rallying as we used to 30 years ago."

Despite the many modern cars entering the tour, Henry is glad recent changes are supporting classic cars.

"Targa started as a classic car event, and recent changes have supported that emphasis on classic cars."

Henry is keen to get stuck into the five day enduro of Targa Tasmania and offers rookies the advice to "ease in slowly" and to "be scared."

The rally kicks off at the Country Club in Launceston on April 17 and the chequered flag will end the race at Hobart's Wrest Point on April 22.

-credit: www.targatasmania.com.au

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