TARGA TOUR SECURES RECORD NUMBERS Within an expected 15th anniversary starting field of 250 plus cars, this year 24 crews will take part in Tasmania's ultimate driving escape - Targa Tasmania's non-competitive category, the Unique Cars ...
TARGA TOUR SECURES RECORD NUMBERS
Within an expected 15th anniversary starting field of 250 plus cars, this year 24 crews will take part in Tasmania's ultimate driving escape - Targa Tasmania's non-competitive category, the Unique Cars Tour.
This is the highest number of crews this 2000km, six-day Tour around Tasmania has attracted since the category's inception in 2003. General Manager for Octagon Rob McGuire attributes the high interest levels to the advertising support received from the Tour's naming rights sponsor, Unique Cars magazine.
"The advertising assistance we received from Unique Cars has allowed us to tap into a whole new world of motoring enthusiasts," said McGuire. "The Targa Tasmania Tour is an incredible Tasmanian holiday package and one which makes Targa Tasmania accessible to all walks of life."
"Word is getting out that Targa Tasmania has something for everyone."
Some of the marques taking on the 2006 Targa Tasmania Unique Cars Tour include Jaguar, Maserati, Ford, Lotus, Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, Triumph, Holden, Renault and Porsche and will feature some of the world's most exquisite sports and GT cars. This year there are crews representing five Australian states and even one team from as far away as Georgia, USA.
As the Tour does not require participants to modify or fit roll-over protection in their car, this category presents the perfect opportunity for collectors to dust off their special interest vehicles and test them out on some of Tasmania's most spectacular roads.
The Unique Cars Tour appeals to both busy professionals looking for some time-out in Tasmania and an age range of retirees - with the common link being an unquenchable thirst for motor sport and beautiful cars.
With local interest in the Tour also at an all-time high, four of the 24 entries in the Tour are from Tasmania's Jaguar Car Club.
After emigrating from South Africa to Australia in 2002, husband and wife duo Peter and Sue Kupisiewicz became proud Jaguar owners one year later when they bought a 1997 model XK8. Having resided in Hobart since their move to Australia, the Kupisiewiczs, like most rally enthusiasts, have always admired the excitement of Targa Tasmania from a safe and less tangible distance.
"Living in Hobart we have always followed Targa Tasmania and I feel it would be a privilege to participate and be involved with this great event. I can't wait to get started," said Mr Kupisiewicz.
As the old adage goes, come one - come all and soon three other teams from the Hobart-based car club had signed up to take the Targa Tasmania challenge.
Mixing the field up a touch is Victorian Roger Cameron and his navigator Richard Colley who will be bringing a 1961 Maserati 3500 Vignale to the Targa Tour. This is the first time a Maserati has adorned the Tour's applicants list and the Italian beauty will make for a beautiful spectacle as it makes its way around the Targa Tasmania course.
Proving that late model Porsches aren't just for the serious contenders, Victorians Keith Nadewbousch and Don Godfrey will embark on their journey in a 2003 911 Turbo. Targa Tasmania's American visitors Waymon and Barbara Hemmings have opted for the same route in a 911 GT3 owned by Targa Tasmania competitor Paul Freestone.
And for those people who are still trying to get up the courage to really have a crack at Targa Tasmania, here is a little hint: Besides being a great holiday, the Targa Tasmania Tour is a great way to check out the course before upping the ante and contesting the proper competition.
The Targa Tasmania Unique Cars Tour package includes a full entry, daily lunches and all social functions - all for $3190.
To view a full list of entries (updated daily) received for the 15th anniversary Targa Tasmania including images and crew profiles login to: <http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/PrimaryMenu/Crew_Profiles/2006/Profiles.php>