New trophy for Targa Tasmania tarmac rally

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3: Competitors in the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally over the next three years will be eligible to win a trip to Sicily to attend the 100th anniversary of the famous Targa Florio event. The trip for two to Sicily in 2006 is part...

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3: Competitors in the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally over the next three years will be eligible to win a trip to Sicily to attend the 100th anniversary of the famous Targa Florio event.

The trip for two to Sicily in 2006 is part of a new Targa Florio Trophy for the Tasmanian rally, and was announced today by global sports and event marketing company Octagon, which owns and produces the event.

Octagon's General Manager Tasmania Rob McGuire said that the prize would be open to competitors who finished all stages within their trophy class time in Targa in each of the next three years, starting with the 2003 event from May 13-18

McGuire said that competitors who achieved trophy class times all three years go into a draw to win the trip to Sicily and would also receive a replica of the original Targa Florio Trophy.

"We feel it is important to recognise the history and traditions of the great Targa Florio event, which has been recreated halfway around the world with our rally in Tasmania," said McGuire.

The replica Targa Florio Trophy awarded to competitors in the Tasmanian rally will be a plate featuring the Florio family emblem. This recognises Vincenzo Florio, the son of a prominent Sicilian mercantile family, who established Targa Florio in 1906.

"In Italian the word for plate is 'Targa' and so the original event was named Targa Florio," said McGuire. "The prize for each winner was a plate with the Florio family emblem and this is what we are basing our replica on."

The 2003 Targa rally has already attracted 208 confirmed entries in the Modern, Classic, Touring Classic, and Historic competitions, plus the new non-competition touring category for rare and exotic historic and classic cars.

"Targa is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the Australian and Tasmanian sporting calendar, and has undergone immense growth since it began in 1992," said McGuire.

"We are confident that initiatives such as this new Targa Florio Trophy will help continue the traditions of the past and build into an exciting future."

The 2003 rally starts with the Temco Prologue in George Town to determine starting positions, and finishes in Hobart. There will be 44 competitive stages over approximately 500km.

-www.targa.org.au

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