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ey to the new Targa Bam­bina for­mat is con­ve­nience and keep­ing a lid on the cost of en­ter­ing and com­pet­ing.

By bas­ing the event at the Pukekohe A&P Show­grounds and run­ning stages clover­leaf-style from a cen­tral base, it be­comes eas­ier and cheaper to plan and ex­e­cute a suc­cess­ful race and ser­vice strat­egy. A cen­tral lo­ca­tion and a sim­ple Satur­day-sun­day for­mat are also eas­ier on our of­fi­cials and val­ued vol­un­teers.

The other in­no­va­tion at the Bam­bina event is the in­tro­duc­tion of a Clas­sic Targa Tour cat­e­gory.

The con­cur­rent but non-com­pet­i­tive Targa Tour has be­come an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar part of re­cent Targa events, and the ad­di­tion of some beau­ti­ful clas­sics — in their own ded­i­cated cat­e­gory, led by Greg Paul in his Fiat 125T — will only add to its ap­peal and pres­tige.

The se­cond event on our re­vamped 2016 Targa sched­ule, Targa Ro­torua, re­tains its re­cent May date (Satur­day and Sun­day, May 14–15) but re­verts to its orig­i­nal two-day for­mat.

Mean­while, af­ter tick­ing all our ma­jor ‘marathon’ event boxes — tak­ing the event to the South Is­land in 2014, then knock­ing off over 1000km of spe­cial stages in the North Is­land last year — we’ve re­served the big­gest changes for our sig­na­ture multi-day event, Targa New Zealand, in Oc­to­ber.

Now in its 22nd year, Targa New Zealand 2016 will be con­tested over four — rather than six — days, gath­er­ing in Taupo on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 12 (two weeks ear­lier than usual) then start­ing a four-day odyssey from there on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13, and fin­ish­ing in Have­lock North in Hawke’s Bay on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

Each Targa event is unique. And ours is a broad church, wel­com­ing ev­ery­one from se­ri­ous, com­mit­ted front-run­ners who con­test ev­ery event to week­end­war­riors who save for years so they can tick ‘Do Targa’ off their bucket lists.

New Zealand has some of the best roads in the world, with no two cor­ners — and there are lit­er­ally thou­sands in each and ev­ery event — ex­actly the same. Therein lies both the ap­peal and the chal­lenge that is Targa — to take it up, head on­line to targa.co.nz.

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