Gear up for Targa this weekend
10 years on ■ the road
THIS year will be the 10th running of Targa High Country and it’s ramping up to be a big one.
“It has been a successful journey for the event with at least 165 cars turning up to all nine of the events held so far and contributing more than $21 million in direct spend to the Mansfield Mt Buller Region since its inception,” said Targa chief executive officer Mark Perry.
“The event has an impeccable safety record, and has thrilled many thousands of people in Mansfield each year with the annual Street Stage and Targafest and this year will be no different.
“Competitors have reacted strongly to be involved in the milestone event which is on course to top its previous entry record of 204.”
“Targa High Country doesn’t just drop direct dollars into local businesses, it provides excellent opportunities to promote our destination and all it has to offer,” Mayor Harry Westendorp said.
“Targa is another high-profile event which is televised nationally and internationally that puts Mansfield-Mt Buller on the must see and do list, attracts more visitors and creates interest in the motor sport industry.”
The latest model simulator, which is used as part of driver training for V8 Super Cars and
F1s, will be at Targafest for the public to try.
This has been made available through a Regional Development Victoria Stronger Regional Communities grant which is to assist to celebrate the Targa anniversary, attract more visitors and create interest in the motor sport industry.
The simulator is a GDOF motion simulator with Virtual Reality which provides realistic cues you would expect from a race car including G-Forces.
The static car display will be much larger this year with the Delatite Drivers Car Club, Mansfield Motorsport Group, Holden SS Owners Club and the Victorian Mustang Owners Club all taking part alongside the 200-plus Targa competition cars, so there will be lots of variety of vehicles to check out.
There will be activities for the kids in the form of a nine metre drop slide, inflatable interactive game of wrecking ball and jumping castles.
Roving entertainers and great live music by The Devils Creek Band along with food and beverage will keep everyone entertained throughout Targafest Saturday, November 9 from 3pm.
For further information on Targa High Country and the road closures go to targa.com. au.
THRILLS ON THE MOUNTAIN: Speeding to the finish line on Mount Buller.
BACK TO BACK: Matt Close took two Targa High Country victories in succession.