Gear up for Targa this week­end

10 years on ■ the road

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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 au.

PHOTO: Cour­tesy Mark Adams

THRILLS ON THE MOUN­TAIN: Speed­ing to the fin­ish line on Mount Buller.

PHOTO: An­gry­man

BACK TO BACK: Matt Close took two Targa High Coun­try vic­to­ries in suc­ces­sion.

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