One Week To Go – 2020 Make Smoking History Targa West

Raring to go are 54 West Australian tarmac rally drivers who’ll take to the streets of Perth to race the clock for the 16th Make Smoking History Targa West from 22nd to 25th October.

Competitors start at 30-second intervals, with the winner being the fastest over all 36 stages, a total of 268 competitive kilometres, across four days.

It’s completely free to get involved and watch Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally, and there are plenty of spectator points to catch the fast-paced action.

Thursday 22nd October – City, Whiteman Park, Wanneroo, Ellenbrook

From 10am in the heart of the City, Forrest Place, rally cars will be on display and then, with anticipation is at an all-time high, competitors will be flagged off at 11.45am for the Ceremonial Start of the Make Smoking History Targa West.

From the city, competitors will make their way to Whiteman Park for two stages with action from 12.15pm to 3.10pm. Rally cars then go to Wanneroo Raceway for two stages from 3.35pm – 4.45pm.

The not-to-be-missed night street stage in Ellenbrook, Service Park and Community Fair is again expected to draw big crowds from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Last year, in rainy weather, about 5,000 people lined the streets as rally drivers fanged their cars through the centre of Ellenbrook – they love an audience!

Photo: Tim Allott

Friday 23rd October – Parkerville, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Northbridge

Cadet students from Mundaring Christian College will swap uniforms for high vis as they work as officials for Make Smoking History Targa West. Rally competitors will assemble at the school from 10am and do two runs of the Parkerville stage.

Competitors then head to nearby Mundaring and Kalamunda for two stages from 11.20am and then at 12.40pm, cars will stop at Haynes Street in Kalamunda, converted into the rally’s Service Park, where they’ll also break for lunch.

After lunch at 1.55pm, competitors tackle the famous Zig Zag stage – a favourite with drivers – and Kalamunda stages, both stages run twice. A shuttle bus is provided to take spectators to Zig Zag. Then onto the Bendigo Bank Forrestfield Service Park at 4.15pm before competitors park their rally cars in Northbridge on James and Lake Streets for the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine 6pm to 9pm.
 Photo: CMR Photographic

Saturday 24th October – Toodyay, Chittering, Bullsbrook

Saturday is when the competition gets serious. It’s crunch time for the longest and hardest day of the Make Smoking History Targa West Rally, when the competitors need to finish the day well. It takes endurance, both man and machine, to finish this day well with 14 stages and a total of 129 competitive kilometres in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook.

In Toodyay, you can see the crews at work in the Service Park during three services at the Charcoal Lane Service Park in Toodyay at 9am, 10.45am and 12.30pm.

Spectators can follow the rally action with spectator points at Harvester in Toodyay from 8.50am, Condle West 10am and 11.45am, Timberden West 10.25am, Toodyay 11.25am and 12.20pm and Timberden East at 1.30pm.

Then it’s the two 20-kilometre marathon stages, Maryville Downs 1 and 2 starting at 2.15pm and 3.05pm respectively, after which competitors head to Bullsbrook for four more stages from 3.40pm.
 Photo: Tim Allott

SUNDAY 25th October – Malaga, City – Riverside Drive and Langley Park

Sunday Fun Day has never been truer. Make Smoking History Targa West action starts in Malaga along closed roads in the Industrial Estate from 8.40am until 11.45am, which includes a dare-devil demonstration of sideways skidding and smoking tyres by the D1WA Drift Cars.

Rally drivers will make their way into the City of Perth for the grand finale, three short and sharp city stages along Riverside Drive starting at 1pm.

Also in the city is an epic display of motors with over 600 cars on display at the Shannons Classic on the Swan, a showcase of beautiful cars from yesteryear along Riverside Drive, and the Celebration of Motorsport on Langley Park featuring racing cars, bikes and boats and examples of all forms of Motorsport. Speedway, Drags, Circuit Racing, Bikes, Boats, RC Cars, Dakar Trucks, Open Wheelers and Trade Displays and hundreds of Fords at the All Ford Day.

There’ll be action all day Sunday in the city with the Targa City Sprint featuring exotic, historic and classic race cars, taking place concurrently from 9.30am along Riverside Drive between Victoria Avenue and Governors Avenue.

From 3.15pm, winners will take the podium and be presented with medals ahead of the traditional champagne spray on Riverside Drive, under the archway.
 Photo: CMR Photographic

Quotes attributed to Event Director Ross Tapper:

“Despite the pandemic forcing us to defer the rally from our usual August date to October, and the hard borders in place, we have a strong field of local WA competitors, slightly more than last year, including 19 rookies.

“From high-horsepower sideways rally action to historic cars on displays and everything in between, it’s great for the whole family, and totally free.

“The event program is every car lover’s dream and there is so much happening around the competition.”

Download the Make Smoke History Targa West Spectator Guide here, includes more detailed information including times and maps.

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Local school gets high speed lesson – Make Smoking History Targa West

Friday 23rd October is set to deliver memorable lessons to 360 high school students at Mundaring Christian College as the whole school takes the morning to get involved in the 16th Make Smoking History Targa West.

Make Smoking History Targa West is a four-day tarmac rally held in Perth and surrounds from 22nd to 25th October.

Cadet students at Mundaring Christian College will become officials and assist with setting up the stages and spectator points, others will work in the café and provide coffee and food to rally crews, or be a part of the news team and write stories for the school’s newspaper, assist at time control and help marshals, as well as head out to a number of spectator points and enjoy some high octane entertainment.

Mundaring Christian College health and physical education teacher, Levi Rosolin, said that getting the whole school involved was a way of giving back to the community.

“Events like Targa West are exciting, and it’s a terrific opportunity to engage the students to learn new skills while assisting the event which is largely run by volunteers,” Mr Rosolin said.

“Helping out instils a sense of community spirit, and let’s face it, Targa West is also something different and exciting for students to participate in. They’ll be put to work and then have a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labour and take in the motorsport action right on our doorstep.”

Students in Years 7 through to Year 12 will take two periods off their normal curriculum to get involved in Make Smoking History Targa West, which was last year awarded Motorsport Australia’s Western Australian event of the year.

Event Director Ross Tapper said the students would be an asset to the Make Smoking History Targa West team.

“Organising a four-day rally takes a monumental amount of work and about 500 volunteers,” Mr Tapper said.

“Two stages will start just outside Mundaring Christian College and students will have an opportunity to see how a five-star motorsport event is run, get up close to rally cars, watch crews service cars as well as having a chance to spectate,” he said.

Over four days, competitors will race the clock along 263 kilometres on 35 closed-road special stages at Whiteman Park, Ellenbrook at night, Parkerville, Kalamunda including the infamous Zig Zag, Toodyay, Chittering, Bullsbrook, Malaga, and the finale in the City of Perth along Riverside Drive.

Mr Tapper said the Make Smoking History Targa West will include a new “tour” category open to anyone with a car, sense of adventure and a helmet.

Usually held in August, Make Smoking History Targa West was deferred as a result of COVID-19 and remains a full-length rally.

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UPDATE ON OUR 2020 PLANS (as at 6/4/2020)

Firstly, we hope that you, your family, and your loved ones are all healthy, and remain so.

Aside from the funny memes circulating, there is one other thing that the Corona Virus has shown us and that is that planning for the future is difficult.  The rules are going to change…often.

We all need to remain flexible, but we thought we would give you an update on our plans as they currently sit to allow you to do some future planning of your own.

Saturday – 8th August 2020

Obviously we have no idea what restrictions, if any, will still be in place in August, however we have decided to plan for a ONE DAY Targa South West, on Saturday 8th August 2020.

  • The Shire of Manjimup cancelled all events for 6 months (now 5 months) so we may just be lucky running in August
  • No activities on the Friday, allowing people to finish work then travel to Pemberton and be ready for a Saturday morning Driver’s briefing
  • 125km Competitive (only 5km less than the 2019 total)
  • No Manjimup town stage, and no Kurandra either
  • Instead, 3 x Pump Hill and 2 x Gloucester Short (replaces Diamond Tree) will be added to Saturday’s normal itinerary
  • Dinner – to be decided depending on restrictions in place at the time
  • A one day event allows for teams to make a leisurely trip home Sunday and be back in Perth for work on Monday…presuming we all have work to got to!

POSTPONED until late 2020. Date to be confirmed.

The City of Bunbury have cancelled all events for the next 6 months meaning our June event is postponed.  Given we are running Targa West in October it is likely the Targa Bunbury Sprint will run in November or December.

The advantage of course is that it is unlikely that rain will be an issue 🙂 Hands up who would prefer a balmy summers afternoon in Bunbury instead of cold and rain?

Obviously heat could be a consideration, however to mitigate that we are investigating whether we start on Saturday afternoon and run into the evening, with the final runs being in the dark.  We may need to put up a couple of lighting towers on selected corners to complement the existing street lighting, but running at night would bring a fresh new element to what is already a very popular event.

We would be interested in your thoughts on running in the afternoon/evening.

22nd – 25th October 2020

We have received verbal approval from our stakeholders to run Targa West from the 22nd – 25th October and planning is well under way for the new dates.

Additions for 2020 being planned include a new stage at Wanneroo after Whiteman Park and before Ellenbrook, however this means Muchea will not run.  On Friday morning we will do two runs over the popular Parkerville stage and the Kalamunda Service Park returns to Haynes Street albeit only once, but for a slightly longer lunch break.

Timberden makes a return for 2020, at the expense of Coondle Highlands, and a number of the Saturday stages will be run in the reverse direction (eg Harvester) or will have a new layout (eg Maryville).  On Sunday, Malaga will also be rejigged just for something different before the grand finale in the City of Perth.

Maps and Itinerary are available now on and the DRAFT Road Books will be available soon.

The Celebration of Motorsport and Shannons Classics on the Park will hopefully be bigger than ever with many dusting off their cars for their first post COVID outing.

Without wanting to jinx ourselves, the October date should ensure we have a dry event.

As frustrating as the current restrictions are the seriousness of this pandemic, not only medically but economically, will be felt for many years to come and we encourage you all to do the right thing.  Practice good social distancing, wash your hands and stay at home…in your garage preparing your car for August or October!

So, there you have it, that’s our plans as of this afternoon, naturally subject to movement restrictions being lifted, and we hope to see many of you at some stage in the future once the world returns to our new “normal”.

Stay Safe and healthy!

Ross, Jan and David
6th April 2020


List of Targa West Photographers

Below are contact details from the accredited photographers that were capturing all the action of Targa West.  Please contact them directly to negotiate to purchase their photographs.

 Tim Allott Email Web Facebook
 Travis Barnes Email Facebook
 Stephen Blackberry Email Web Facebook
 Noel Blackberry Email Web Facebook
 Joshua Cochrane Email Facebook
 Jonathan Gladstone Email Facebook
 Graeme J Howie Email Web Facebook
 Grant Lauterbach Email Web
 Shane Lawrie Email Web Facebook
 Gemma Lucas Email Web Facebook
 Adam MacDonald Email Web Facebook
 Jason Matz Facebook
 Blake Parry Email Web Facebook
 Blake Rattenbury Email Facebook
 Naomi Reed Facebook
 Chris Richmond Email Web Facebook
 Brett Sandells Email Web Facebook
Michele Seymour Email Web Facebook
 Ash Westwood Email Web Facebook

Photo: CMR Photographic

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.
Continue reading “Motorsport worth celebrating – Make Smoking History Targa West”