Plans are well underway for the 30th edition of what organisers style as ‘the Ultimate Tarmac Rally’, which will take place in 2022, starting from the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, Tasmania, the same location from which the very first Targa cars departed back in 1992. Started by a group of local enthusiasts, the Targa Tasmania, and its sister Targa events, including Targa Great Barrier Reef, which now form a national championship, were taken over by the big Australian Automotive Group and long-time Targa sponsor, Dutton Group in 2019.
Dutton intends to continue to develop the event and the championship, and, in a year that has seen all event organisers take huge financial hits, Dutton is taking on new staff to better develop the Targa brand.
Amongst the highlights that have been announced for next year’s anniversary event are new competitions, categories and classes added to the existing structure, major shows and associated events before, during and after the main event, new street stages in the longest Targa course yet, with more than 500 entries in two categories, Competition and Touring.
Organisers have put out a call to all those who were there for the first event, and already some 70 have responded to say they will be coming.
Usually run in May, the 2022 Targa Tasmania will run in early March when the weather in Tasmania will still be sunny and warm.