TARGA HAWKE’S BAY — ROUTES, ITIN­ER­ARY, AND COM­PETI­TOR LIST

TIM­ING AND A MOVE AWAY FROM THE CEN­TRAL NORTH IS­LAND HAS PROVED POP­U­LAR WITH COM­PETI­TORS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Peter Martin Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ul­ti­mate Rally Group

For the last five years — apart from 2014, when we were in the South Is­land — we have en­joyed fin­ish­ing Targa New Zealand in Have­lock North, so we de­cided to cre­ate a stand­alone two-day event in Hawke’s Bay. This has been wel­comed by the district, so we in­tend to make it a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the Targa cal­en­dar.

The event is also the first one-day rally we have cre­ated for the lo­cal car club to be able to en­joy the roads as well, thus re­duc­ing the im­pact on the ru­ral com­mu­nity by shar­ing the use of the roads in the same clo­sure.

An­other rea­son for the move from the Cen­tral North Is­land was the weather. We ex­pect to have a much higher prob­a­bil­ity of fine con­di­tions in May around Hawke’s Bay than we did in Ro­torua, and, from the feedback we have re­ceived, mov­ing Targa Ro­torua to March was a mas­ter stroke.

We would like to thank the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, Hast­ings District Coun­cil, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil, and the Tararua District Coun­cil for the use of their roads for this won­der­ful event, and we look for­ward to work­ing with them in the fu­ture.

A spe­cial thanks to our loyal spon­sors, and also to To­moana Ware­hous­ing, which we wel­come on board as the spon­sor of the one-day event — we ask you to sup­port it when­ever pos­si­ble.

Lastly, again a very spe­cial thanks to all the vol­un­teers who give their time in lieu of fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups. With­out this sup­port event of this mag­ni­tude could not take place.

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