This year’s Targa Ro­torua has sec­tions that in­clude some fan­tas­tic roads, and, with every­thing from tight and twisty to open and fast, the stage is set for yet an­other fab­u­lous week­end of com­pet­i­tive mo­tor rac­ing

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Aspe­cial thanks goes out to all the com­mu­nity groups that get be­hind this event ev­ery year: a stag­ger­ing 1500 lo­cal peo­ple sup­port Targa, with ev­ery­one from of­fi­cials to block mar­shals sup­ply­ing their time on be­half of their lo­cal com­mu­nity group, which, in turn, re­ceives fund­ing from Targa Ro­torua. Once again, we would like to ac­knowl­edge the sup­port of our event part­ners, both fi­nan­cial and via ser­vices that keep the wheels turn­ing.

This year, we have re­turned to the tra­di­tional for­mat of the Targa New Zealand rally se­ries, by rein­tro­duc­ing the two-day for­mat at Targa Bam­bina in March — which was very well re­ceived — plus the two-day for­mat for Targa Ro­torua, solely based around the Ro­torua district, and the con­dens­ing Targa New Zealand — which has been moved for­ward from Labour week­end to the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber — to a four-day for­mat. The main rea­son for this was the need to en­sure we min­i­mize the im­pact on the com­mu­ni­ties we travel through, but also to re­duce the time away from work for the com­peti­tors and the huge num­ber of vol­un­teers re­quired to put on such a large event. The new for­mat sees more com­pe­ti­tion days on week­ends rather than week­days, so it also min­i­mizes the dis­rup­tion to school bases and ru­ral post.

Af­ter ex­pand­ing the Targa Ro­torua event to a three-day for­mat for the last two years, the gen­eral feed­back from com­peti­tors was they missed the hos­pi­tal­ity that Ro­torua pro­vided and the easy laid-back na­ture of stay­ing in the same lo­ca­tion for mul­ti­ple nights. So, we are very happy to be hosted by the Ry­dges Ho­tel as the hub for this event from Fri­day to Mon­day. En­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren will be pro­vided by our char­ity, Kids in Cars, and we take this op­por­tu­nity to in­vite your kids to come and en­joy the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by Kids in Cars around the ho­tel. From face paint­ing to bouncy cas­tles, there will be some­thing to en­ter­tain them.

We have se­lected a good mix of roads for this event, from tight and twisty to open and fol­low­ing, so there are spe­cial stages to suit the wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles en­tered, and that is the ap­peal of Targa events, the broad range of cars — so make some time over the week­end and pop down to visit the ser­vice park. Full event de­tails are out­lined fol­low­ing.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Targa New Zealand

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