TARMAC: Targa Tasmania - Andrew White spotlight

Northern Territorian set for Targa Tasmania Thursday April 11, 2007 - Northern Territory's Andrew White will travel from one end of the country to the other with his Volvo 122s to take part in Australia's ultimate tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania,...

Northern Territorian set for Targa Tasmania

Thursday April 11, 2007 - Northern Territory's Andrew White will travel from one end of the country to the other with his Volvo 122s to take part in Australia's ultimate tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania, which gets underway at the Country Club in Launceston on April 17.

With over 250 competitors set for the 2007 Targa classic, the man from the township of Gunn, near Darwin, has had to make sure he is organised for the Tassie event.

"The biggest difficulty of living in the Northern Territory is not getting to the event," said White. "I put my Volvo on a truck a week and a half ago, and we'll meet it in Melbourne and catch the boat over to Tasmania."

No, his biggest challenge is maintaining his pride and joy, his classic Volvo.

"There are not many suppliers up here, but anyone who's an enthusiast knows about Targa."

"It's the best form of motor sport imaginable. It gives me a buzz for the rest of the year."

"The classic competition has a wide range of vehicle types, some very quick, (like the) Batten/Doble Volvo, and some with some awesome grunt -- the Ulrich and Ulrich Jensen, all beautifully prepared and a lot of fun to chase and be chased."

"The Volvo's closest rival over the past two years has been a beautifully prepared and rare Ullrich Jensen V8 with five times the Volvo's horsepower."

"Class, category wins and a 10th in 2005 and 7th in 2006 in Classic have been reward for the old Volvo warhorse."

"The spirit of Targa is not about speed. A Porsche will always beat a VW," said White. "I really enjoy driving, and I think Targa Tasmania is a great challenge."

White and his team are creating a webpage to help locals from the Territory keep up to date with his progress during Australia's ultimate tarmac rally, and help capture what Targa is all about.

Whith Targa less than a week away, White is keen to soak up the atmosphere and energy of the event and is looking forward to seeing the chequered flag the end of the epic five-day enduro at Hobart's Wrest Point on April 22.

-credit: www.targatasmania.com.au

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