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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