Reuben Smith / Peter Smith
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