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Reuben Smith / Peter Smith

New Zealand Classic Car - - Targa Driver Profiles -

e’s ser­viced the cars of Targa through his au­to­mo­tive busi­ness, Pow­er­haus, since the 10th An­niver­sary of the se­ries back in 2005, and Reuben Smith loved the events so much he even­tu­ally de­cided to make the leap into the driver’s seat to try his hand at slaying the tar­mac.

This will be his third event, af­ter he com­peted twice be­fore in his old Audi S4. Reuben, sup­ported by co-driver and fa­ther Peter Smith, will pedal a re­cently pur­chased Porsche 911. The team took their time to find the right car, and have been busy in­stalling new Bil­stein sus­pen­sion and up­grad­ing the brakes to en­sure the Porsche han­dles smoothly on the day.

A word from Targa NZ Event Di­rec­tor, Peter Martin

Wel­come to the 50th Targa New Zealand. Some things have changed since the first event back in 1995, while oth­ers re­main the same. The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence is that now the huge va­ri­ety of cars is sub­di­vided into nine cat­e­gories and three com­pe­ti­tions, to en­sure there is a com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment for all to en­joy.

Over the years we have seen a growth in the Targa Tour num­bers, and the type of ve­hi­cle par­tic­i­pat­ing in it has be­come as wide as the range of com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cles, so it can be said that there truly is a place for all types of ve­hi­cle to en­joy Targa, whether yours is a true clas­sic car, is bet­ter suited to the so­cial non-com­pet­i­tive Targa Tour, whether it’s a mod­ern fac­tory-based per­for­mance ve­hi­cle or a highly de­vel­oped, ded­i­cated tar­mac rally car, we cater for all. A fun and friendly fam­ily-based at­mos­phere still re­mains the ethos of what Targa is all about, and we en­cour­age the teams to as­sist each other to keep cars in the event wher­ever pos­si­ble.

The com­mu­ni­ties we travel through en­joy Targa, and we en­gage them to fundraise for their lo­cal sport­ing or com­mu­nity group, as this is fun­da­men­tal to en­sur­ing their sup­port for years to come. We en­gage up to 12 com­mu­ni­ty­based groups each day of the event, to sup­ply any­thing from lunch to mar­shals, car wash­ers to overnight se­cu­rity, so if you are read­ing this and would like to be­come in­volved, please call the Targa of­fice on 0800 827 427 for more in­for­ma­tion, or visit the web­site, targa.co.nz .

This year we see the event start from Taupo on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 12, with a track day at the Bruce Mclaren Mo­tor­sport Park be­fore the wel­come din­ner at the Wairakei Re­sort as we cel­e­brate the Targa Leg­ends.

We moved the event dates for­ward and away from the tra­di­tional Labour Day week­end to min­i­mize the im­pact on fam­ily life, and con­flicts with other mo­tor-sport ac­tiv­i­ties, so make a note and have a look through the itin­er­ary to en­sure you find the best place to spec­tate from.

A huge thanks to all our vol­un­teers, over 1500 in to­tal, who keep things mov­ing along smoothly, and the amaz­ing spon­sors who play such an im­por­tant part in bring­ing the event to the pub­lic.

Thank you, Peter Martin Event di­rec­tor

Targa Leg­ends Night 50th Event Din­ner

Kiwi greats will be com­mem­o­rated along­side Targa New Zealand’s mile­stone 50th event cel­e­bra­tions at the in­au­gu­ral Gil­trap Group Leg­ends Night Din­ner, at the of­fi­cial Targa start base at Wairakei Re­sort, Taupo, on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 12.

It prom­ises to be a true cel­e­bra­tion of all things Targa, a night of re­spect­ing our past and rec­og­niz­ing our present leg­ends. The in­au­gu­ral 10 Targa Leg­ends will be re­vealed on the night as the ini­tial in­ductees, and every year a se­lect few will be added.

“Cel­e­brat­ing the ex­cep­tional ca­reers of our leg­ends from here and over­seas, the Gil­trap Group Leg­ends Night Din­ner brings New Zealand mo­tor-sport heroes to an evening of fun, sto­ry­telling and rem­i­nisc­ing,” says Targa event di­rec­tor Peter Martin.

Michael Gil­trap, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Gil­trap Group, said, “We are proud to be in­volved in this in­au­gu­ral event, con­tin­u­ing our sup­port of NZ mo­tor sport and all things rac­ing. It is very im­por­tant to us as a com­pany, and as or­di­nary Ki­wis, that we main­tain and nur­ture this sup­port from grass roots all the way to the top.”

A Targa leg­end is de­fined as a past or present win­ner, its equiv­a­lent, or some­one who has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to Targa in New Zealand, or in an­other arena such as ad­min­is­tra­tion or me­dia.

The event for­mat is a three-course ban­quet din­ner with guest group ta­bles avail­able, and in­di­vid­ual tick­ets from $95 each. Wairakei Re­sort Ho­tel Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 12, 2016 6.30pm–10pm Book now at: targa.co.nz

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