Day 4: Major six-time winner and Gunson wins for a third time


Six-time winner Peter Major shares the win with his children. Photo: Tim Allott

  • Peter Major wins his sixth Targa West
  • Same car wins fourth consecutive Targa West
  • Simon Gunson wins Classics
  • Close battle in Targa 130 battle won by husband and wife
  • Thousands of spectators turn out for stages in Malaga, City and Celebration of Motorsport

Bright blue skies on a warm sunny winter day with the faint whiff of high-octane fuel drew crowds in the thousands for the exciting motorsport action on the streets of Perth for the final day of the 15th Make Smoking History Targa West. Continue reading “Day 4: Major six-time winner and Gunson wins for a third time”

Day 3: Plenty of spills on the longest day ahead of the grand finale tomorrow


Major / Screaigh. Photo: Tim Allott

It was a long hard day in the office for rally teams during the third day of Make Smoking History Targa West with plenty of thrills and spills.

Starting early in the Toodyay mist, eight stages were run, then after the lunch service, competitors tackled the event’s longest stage at 20.30 kilometres Maryville Downs (run twice) in Chittering and finished the day with four stages in Bullsbrook. It was 13 hours of solid rallying on 14 stages over 127.47 competitive kilometres and a total distance of 450 kilometres. Continue reading “Day 3: Plenty of spills on the longest day ahead of the grand finale tomorrow”

Day 2: New stage winners and mere seconds separates leaders as battle intensifies


Major / Screaigh. Photo: Absolute Edge Media

The second day of Make Smoking History Targa West saw the battle intensify in sunny winter conditions on dry roads in Parkerville then in Perth’s picturesque hills.

The 15th edition of WA’s premier tarmac rally saw competitors race the clock along six stages including the hair-raising steep, tight and twisty Zig Zag in Kalamunda for a total of 70.75 competitive kilometres.

It was all colour in Kalamunda with classic cars on display and a musical quartet playing to crowds as they waited for rally cars to roll into Railway Road for two services. The day’s final service was held in Forrestfield.

After shining their machines, competitors headed into Northbridge, Perth’s nightspot precinct for the Show n’ Shine on James and Lake Streets, bringing some high-octane excitement and colour to the inner-city streets from 6.00pm until 9.00pm.

Note: results are provisional at the time of writing. Continue reading “Day 2: New stage winners and mere seconds separates leaders as battle intensifies”

Cat and Mouse between the last year’s winner and last year’s winning car


Major / Screaigh. Photo: Brett Sandells

Day 1 – Make Smoking History Targa West

Today (8/8/19) the 15th annual Make Smoking History Targa West, Perth’s premier tarmac rally made quite the entrance revving into Forrest Place for the Ceremonial Start to the delight of hundreds of on-lookers.

Fifty rally cars, drivers, co-drivers and crew transformed the heart of the City of Perth with high octane noise and colour before being flagged off to begin four days of competition on a combination of public and private roads.

From the city, competitors headed north-east to Whiteman Park to tackle two stages that were run twice, racing the clock over 3.76 kilometres on Stages 1 and 2, and 3.32 kilometres on Stages 3 and 4. Stage 1 was used as a warm up and not timed. Continue reading “Cat and Mouse between the last year’s winner and last year’s winning car”

Motorsport worth celebrating – Make Smoking History Targa West


Celebration of Motorsport on Langley Park. Photo: Absolute Edge

The Celebration of Motorsport is one of the largest free-to-attend displays of racing machines that Perth has ever seen and will be held at Langley Park on Sunday 11th August from 10am until 3pm.

Impressively, the Celebration of Motorsport together with the Shannons Classic on the Park will display over 600 stunning and interesting vehicles in the City of the Perth.

The Celebration of Motorsport features racing cars from all eras and disciplines including drags, speedway, drift cars, gravel rally cars and remote control cars alongside a variety of other racing machines such as Soapbox racers, motorcycles and jet boats.
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Wrap up of Make Smoking History Targa West

VIDEO: Interviews with the winners with Dean Herridge. Click to play

  • Ten years in the making for Rullo/Marquet
  • Dobson/Jones take Classics
  • Teenager wins Challenge
  • Clean sweep of stage wins for rookie in 2 Day Rallye
  • Thousands turn out for city stages in Malaga and City

Sunny winter weather and motorsport action were the perfect crowd magnets for the final day of Make Smoking History Targa West as thousands turned out to spectate the street-circuit rally action. Continue reading “Wrap up of Make Smoking History Targa West”

Revving up Yagan Square as Make Smoking History Targa West gets underway

Cars ready for Ceremonial Start in Yagan Square in the City of Perth. Credit: CMR Photographic

Make Smoking History Targa West revved excitement into Yagan Square in the heart of Perth with high-octane energy today at the annual tarmac rally’s ceremonial start.

Despite intermittent rain, the forty competitors contesting the full four-day rally were flagged off by City of Perth Commissioner Andrew Hammond and then made their way to the event’s first four stages at Whiteman Park; Stages 1 and 2 were 3.76 kilometres and Stages 3 and 4 were 3.66 kilometres long. Continue reading “Revving up Yagan Square as Make Smoking History Targa West gets underway”

One week to go: Flag drops on Make Smoking History Targa West next week

Will White and Matt Thompson on 2017’s City of Perth Special Stage. Credit: CMR Photographic

The Make Smoking History Targa West gets underway next Thursday, with Perth’s best tarmac rally competitors testing their machines against the clock across four days and 34 heart pumping rally stages.

The entry list features 57 teams in vehicles of all eras, from classic Triumphs, Porches and Mustangs, to modern Lotuses, Mitsubishi Evos, and even an electric powered Tesla Roadster, who will be taking on some of Perth’s most iconic roads such as Kalamunda’s Zig Zag from August 9 – 12.

There will be plenty of opportunity for spectators to witness the action, and see the cars and drivers up close at spectator points and static displays.

Event Director Ross Tapper says the event is a must-see for any motorsport enthusiast. Continue reading “One week to go: Flag drops on Make Smoking History Targa West next week”

Generous boost for Make Smoking History Targa West newcomer

Cody Harris and co-driver Jacob Zurzolo in full flight at Rallysprint

Young tarmac rally driver Cody Harris will be ticking the Make Smoking History Targa West off his bucket list 12 months sooner than expected due to the generosity of fellow entrant Andy van Kann.

The annual motorsport event is considered to be the State’s premiere tarmac rally, and has attracted well-known Australian motorsport names such as Jim Richards and Ross Dunkerton. The full event is four-days long and equates to almost 900kms of travel for competitors around Perth CBD, Perth Hills and surrounding areas. But, for those on a tighter schedule a two-day Rallye format is available.

Regular Targa West competitor van Kann planned to again compete in the full event, but after a discussion with co-driver Madelin Kirkhouse, decided on the two day format to minimise Kirkhouse’s absence from the family business. The money saved off the full entry price, van Kann has put towards a two day entry for Harris.

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