MIKE DILLON’S BMW M3
According to Mike, the Targa Tour is a great way to get to put your car through its paces, as you get to do the same course that the Targa racers do and use the same pace book they use.
Mike points out, “In everyday driving, it’s not possible to see the full potential of your car. The M3 is made for the Targa Tour, with its uphill tight twistiness, and those fast sweeping corners on roads that are closed off and that you wouldn’t even know exist without the tour.”
Mike also likes that the experience and sport can be shared with a friend, your co-driver: “You both get to do large sighs and laugh out loud. Talk about the highlights and share the thrills with a mate, or a mate-ess. The friends you make along the way are ones you will always have and never forget, and, each night of each day, the tour gets to book out a restaurant in a different town.
“Imagine as many as 80 guys and girls from 40 cars all in the same room, all pumped up after a day of exhilarating Targa Tour fun. The conversation is cars and roads, and ‘Did you see …?’, ‘And what about …?’ And, of course, [about how] we can all do it again tomorrow, because we have five days of this ahead of us!”
For Mike, the Targa Tour is a highlight of the year, and, because he’s not racing against the clock and experiencing the wear and tear and breakages you’d expect from full competition, the tour is an annual sport that he can afford and enjoy.
“Anyway,” he says, “just because you’re not racing against the clock doesn’t mean by any means that Targa Tour is a casual drive — you can pick where you want to sit in the line-up, and, if you choose to position your car against one that is your equal, it can be fast and exciting as you strive to hold on to that position.”