Tarmac: Targa Tasmania newsletter 2009-04-12

Ford vs Chevy - in the same car Daniel and Nathalie Ford, from Logan Central in Queensland, are Targa Tasmania fanatics. The husband and wife pairing believe the hardest part of the six-day tarmac rally is packing up and going home, knowing...

Ford vs Chevy - in the same car

Daniel and Nathalie Ford, from Logan Central in Queensland, are Targa Tasmania fanatics.

The husband and wife pairing believe the hardest part of the six-day tarmac rally is packing up and going home, knowing that they have to wait a whole year to do it all again!

"We always look forward to this event," said Natalie, the 38-year-old mother of two. "The competitors are so wonderful in sharing their passion of their vehicle and their enthusiasm of the event. The public are so friendly, cheering us on and waving to us as we go past. And the organisers and volunteers do such a fantastic job of making the event seem effortless."

This will be the Ford's fourth Targa Tasmania, and while their name has ‘blue oval' written all over it, they'll again compete in a General Motors product – a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

They debuted the big Chevy in the Modern Competition of Targa Tasmania in 2008, and also contested last year's Mt Buller Sprint.

For Daniel, 37, driving the big horsepower Corvette is a world away from his day time job as a Yellow Cabs Taxi Depot Owner.

The V8, seven-litre beast has upgraded brakes and suspension, which comes in handy on the twisty, undulating tarmac roads that the pair will face when the six-day event kicks off on the north coast of Tasmania on April 28.

"The attraction of Targa is being able to challenge yourself and your vehicle on amazing roads with some of the best scenery. What could be better?" Daniel asks.

"We're heading into this year's event with the goal of finishing, but we'd like to complete all the stages within the target time and get a Targa Plate," he adds.

A service crew of three will follow them throughout the event, also servicing for a second Corvette Z06, driven by Daniel's father, Neill Ford, with Colin Maher calling the pacenotes.

Husband and wife teams are becoming popular in Targa Tasmania, but typically, they don't agree on everything. The Fords are no exception.

When asked how much they would spend on their entry in this year's event, Daniel replied "Not enough", while Nathalie's answer was a more predictable "Too much".

The roar of their big orange Corvette will have the hills of Tasmania echoing as Targa winds its way through Australia's smallest state from April 28 to May 3.

The 18th running of the world-renowned event begins with a prologue through the streets of George Town on Tuesday, April 28, with the action proper getting underway the next day before finishing in the capital, Hobart, on Sunday, May 3.

-credit: tt

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