Two for Rullo and Gunson takes a hat trick – Make Smoking History Targa West

For all the class leaders, the finale today was about preserving their lead and not taking any unnecessary risks.

Day 4, Leg 4 was held in Perth with six city stages, a total of 35.55 competitive kilometres, all of them with kerbs, gutters and tight turns.

Bright blue skies and 22 degrees saw thousands line the streets of Malaga in the morning for the first three stages of the day, and thousands more in the City of Perth for the final three sprint-style stages along Riverside Drive.

Langley Park was transformed into a rev head’s dream with over 500 cars, bikes and motorbikes at the Celebration of Motorsport, and along Riverside Drive, the Shannons Classics on the Swan saw a huge collection of stunning classic cars from yesteryear.

Make Smoking History Targa West competitors start at 30-second intervals, with the winner being the fastest over all 37 stages, a total of 272 competitive kilometres, across four days.

The event is owned by Targa West Events and is only possible thanks to a dedicated committee and an army of 500 volunteers.

Event Director Ross Tapper said that wants to thank each and every official, all competitors, sponsors, crew and spectators.

“To run a smooth and safe rally that’s enjoyable for all is what we aim to do, and this year has been outstanding,” Tapper said.

Competition Modern Podium. Photo: Elevation Digital
Rullo / Marquet. Photo: Dianne Bortoletto

Competition Modern

Taking the title for the second time was Peter Rullo with co-driver and long-time friend Jimmy Marquet in their 2020 SSC Lotus Exige GT.

The duo took a strategic approach to win the Make Smoking History Targa West, increasing their lead incrementally day by day to repeat the success of 2018 which is when Rullo / Marquee won their first title, after 10 attempts. This year is the 13th Targa West for both of them and after a disappointing DNF last year, victory never tasted so sweet.

Rullo / Marquet finished fastest or equal fastest in 21 of the 37 stages and finished second fastest in 13 stages to take the overall win 1:39 minutes ahead of Steve Jones and co-driver Caleb Ash in their 2008 Nissan R35 GTR. It was a flawless Targa West for the duo.

“This is what we love to do and there’s not too many places in Australia where you can enjoy this type of event, so thanks to everyone who worked to make it happen,” said Rullo of Gooseberry Hill.

“We had an awesome lead up and Jimmy was faultless – you do need to listen to the co-driver! The whole event went exactly to plan.”

Co-driver Jimmy Marquet said that Rullo drove a clinically perfect rally.

“Peter hit every apex, every breaking point, he was faultless all event. We had a different lead up and the plan was to chip away stage by stage, which worked,” Marquet said.

Steve Jones, a four-time Targa West winner, hasn’t competed in the rally for five years, and after winning smaller sister rally, Make Smoking History Targa South West held in Manjimup in May, it seems rallying is once again in his blood.

Jones / Ash finished fastest or equal fasted on 9 stages and second on 11 stages, proving that a hiatus hasn’t diminished his driving sharps.

Jones reported sliding issued with his GTR up until yesterday afternoon when the two back tyres were changed, which showed in the results as he took five wins from the last eight stages. Today’s tight city stages stages were more of challenge.

“We’re very pleased with how we went considering it was a tough weekend with the car – tough on us, on the crew, on the car, but we’re happy,” said 37-year-old Jones.

Taking third overall and newbie to the podium is David Heaton with co-driver and driving trainer Steve Glenney. The package of a new car, Heaton’s 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Glenney’s training reaped results. The duo finished 2:13 minutes behind the leader in Heaton’s best result in 12 Targa West rallies.

Yesterday, Heaton took his first stage win and today he took three more, all the Malaga stages. It seems the taste of victory has truly taken hold.

“Targa West is the one we wanted to crack, we’re pretty stoked,” said Heaton.

“I’m super stoked, I learned a lot with Steve in the car, and we knew we were on it at Malaga, and thought we’d have a crack, we wanted to take one off Rullo, so it was nice to have a few wins over Rullo.”

Jumping up a place on the overall leader board yesterday to finish in fourth outright today is Mark Cates in his 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Tasmanian co-driver Anthony Carr.

This is Cates’ fourth Targa West, last year was a DNF and his best result was fifth in 2019.  He’s clocking up some racing kilometres competing in as many Targa events as he can in WA and the eastern states to be a serious future title contender.

Cates / Carr finished fastest and equal fastest on both Zig Zag stages in Kalamunda on Day 2, and had a few ‘moments’ that they recovered from to finish strong.

“It was a good outcome, we got what we deserved and landed exactly where we wanted to be, the other three are another class above us, but we put everything we had into it and we’re thoroughly pleased,” said Bunbury resident Cates.

“A new co-driver is always tricky, but Anthony and I gelled well and he did a great job.

“Rullo, Jones and Heaton outclassed us, and it was particularly great to see Dave Heaton on a podium, it brought a tear to my eye,” said Cates.

Rounding out the top five outright was Brett Morse and Rodney Ng in their 2019 BMW M2 Competition, finishing 4:49 minutes behind the rally leader.

In Make Smoking History Targa West 17-year history, only six champions have taken the title in the Competition Modern category; Peter Rullo (2021, 2018), Mark Greenham (2020), Peter Major (6-time champion 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), Steve Jones (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014), Jim Richards (2007, 2012) and Ross Dunkerton (2005, 2006).

Overall Competition Modern
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 62 RULLO
MARQUET
SSC Lotus
Exige Targa GT
2:10:56
+
2 23 JONES
ASH
Nissan
R35 GTR
2:12:41
+01:45
3 36 HEATON
GLENNEY
Porsche
911 GT2 RS
2:13:10
+02:14
4 69 CATES
CARR
Porsche
911 GT3 RS
2:15:27
+04:31
5 87 MORSE
NG
BMW
M2 Competition
2:15:47
+04:51
Steve Jones does a shoey (Peter Rullo’s shoe) Photo: Elevation Digital
Mark Cates / Anthony Carr. Photo: Elevation Digital

Competition Classic

Hat trick! Competition Classic winning driver Simon Gunson has scored a hat trick with three firsts in a row, and his co-driver Nigel Jones is the only competitor to have contested all 17 Targa West rallies.

Gunson has previously won the Classic Drivers title in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

With a healthy lead going into the finale today, Gunson / Jones just had to preserve their lead in their 1971 Ford Capri Perana. They did just that in Malaga but they couldn’t help themselves and tore through the last three city stages. They came out victors finishing 2:37 minutes ahead of Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith in their 1974 Porsche 911.

“We thought, well we had some rubber left on the tyres we might as well put on a bit of a show, that’s what people come out to see,” said Gunson.

“We’re really happy, it was a great rally and we’ve had tremendous support, thanks to everyone – especially our service crew who are a great bunch of mates.”

Gunson’s service crew consists of a group of friends he’s known for 20 years, and every Wednesday night they get together to work on the car.

The battle for second and third outright was on with Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith just 3 seconds ahead of Nathan and Kevin Ellement at the start of the day.

Both were giving it their all and fanging it around Malaga this morning trying to make up vital seconds.

Wolfe / Beckwith won all three Malaga stages and Ellement / Ellement won all three City of Perth stages, but it wasn’t enough to change the leader board.

Wolfe / Beckwith finished on the second step of the podium just 2 seconds ahead of the Ellements in their 1985 Chevrolet Corvette C4.

“It’s been amazing, created to my co-driver Scott who coaches me too, he did an amazing job, as did the KTEC team that keep this 47-year-old girl going,” said Wolfe, referring to his 1974 Porsche 911.

Overall Competition Classic
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 16 GUNSON
JONES
Ford
Capri Perana
2:20:40
+
2 37 WOLFE
BECKWITH
Porsche
911 RS
2:23:17
+02:37
3 41 ELLEMENT
ELLEMENT
Chevrolet
Corvette C4
2:23:19
+02:39
Simon Gunson / Nigel Jones. Photo: Tim Allott
Simon Gunson. Photo: Dianne Bortoletto
Nathan Ellement and Kevin Ellement. Photo: image1265

Targa 165 and Targa 130

An impressive number of stage wins for Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann in their Tesla 3 Performance+ saw them take the lead early in Make Smoking History Targa West 165 class and they never looked back.

Of 37 stages, they won 36, only backing off in the middle of yesterday’s marathon day to preserve charge in their EV, earning them the top step of the podium.

“I’m equal parts stoked and relieved. I’m happy with our decision to step up to the 165 class and I’m itching to up the charge and enter the outright class and have a crack,” Jurgen Lunsmann said.

Finishing second outright were Targa West rookies Mathew St Guillaume and co-driver James Brittain in their 2006 Porsche Cayman.

The duo won their class at the shorter Targa South West rally held in May, and are a good example of how to start a rally career and move up the ranks to bigger events.

“Firstly massive thank you to all the volunteers and officials that make this event possible,” said St Guillaume.

“Wow what an amazing four days. We started slowly as we hadn’t had any seat time since Targa South West and kept building until we found our speed by Saturday. We loved the friendly competition with our fellow 165 racers and a big shout out to the KTEC team.”

Finishing the day in third place are rookies Paul Oxley and Yvonne Mulligan in their 2000 Subaru Impreza WRX.

“We’ve had a ball and we’ve learnt a lot,” said Mulligan, who is Oxley’s co-driver and partner.

“We’re still talking to each other, so that’s a good sign! He calms me when I’m stressed and I do that same for him, so we seem to balance each other out well in the car, it’s been great.”

The Targa 165 category restricts drivers to 165 kilometres per hour, while the Targa 130 category last year limits drivers to 130 kilometres per hour.

It might be the entry category for Making Smoking History Targa West, but it’s where some of the closest battles were fought.

They started this morning in third place, but rookies Aaron Williams and co-driver Rachel Ferrante in their 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 battled hard and won four of today’s six stages and came out on top, to finish faster than Chris Beerens and Alex Butler in their 2011 Subaru WRX STI by 11 seconds.

Aaron Williams & Rachael Ferrante. Photo: Tim Allott

In third place overall 2:03 minutes behind the leader way Davyd Hooper and Jacob Teo in their 2016 AMG CLA45.

For more information and results visit www.targawest.com.au.

Make Smoking History Targa West is Perth’s premier tarmac rally and the only event in Perth that uses closed public roads for racing.

Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann. Photo: Tim Allott
Tim Wolfe / Scott Beckwith. Photo: Graeme Howie

Day 1 – Off and racing, great start to Make Smoking History Targa West

Prepared and raring to go, this morning 64 of Western Australia’s best tarmac rally drivers were flagged off from the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the 17th Make Smoking History Targa West which concludes on Sunday 19thSeptember.

A cold and wet spring day provided mixed conditions for Day 1 of the rally that comprised of seven timed stages; three at Whiteman Park, two at Wanneroo Raceway (one stage was cancelled due to running late) and two street stages at Ellenbrook after dark that attracted about 6,000 spectators and included a smoking Drift Car demonstration by D1WA.

The four-day rally is the only event in Perth that uses closed public roads for racing.

The first stage of the day was not timed and does not count towards results.

Competition Modern

Day 1 was full of action from the get-go with reigning champion Mark Greenham (Forrestfield) forced to retire on SS2 with a mechanical issue in his 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 ending his rally.

2018 Targa West winner, Peter Rullo (Gooseberry Hill), had much to celebrate today, besides turning 50, he finished fastest on four of the seven stages in his 2020 SSC Lotus Exige GT with co-driver Jimmy Marquet (Riverton).

“This is a pretty good way to spend a birthday!” said Rullo. “We’re having fun and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Rullo / Marquet finished the day on top with a 5-second lead ahead of Steve Jones and co-driver Caleb Ash in their 2008 Nissan R35 GTR and a 22-second lead over Brett Morse and Rodney Ng in their 2019 BMW M2 Competition.

 

Peter Rullo / Jimmy Marquet leading after Day 1. Photo: CMR Photographic

Four-time rally winner Steve Jones hasn’t competed in Make Smoking History Targa West since 2018 and has returned this year with all cylinders firing, winning three stages.

“I’ve missed it and I’m really happy to be back – I saw some rookies earlier and had a chat with them, gave them some tips, and I like being able to help and give a little back,” said Jones.

“The goal is firstly to have fun next to my co-driver and long-time friend Caleb Ash, he’s the calming influence and helps me keep my cool in the car, I’m the energetic one.

“Secondly, I’m competitive, so we’ll be aiming for a good finish for sure, but also to finish every stage – these street stages are hard to drive with this big car, it’s like driving a Landcruiser,” said Attadale resident Jones.

Jones’ car has some panel damage on the left hand side where he hit a tyre barrier after exiting a stage at Wanneroo.

Winning SS2, equal fastest with Rullo / Marquet, was husband and wife Bill and Glenys Stagoll (Gelorup) in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

“We started the day well, so we’re enjoying that while we can,” said Bill Stagoll. “We had a braking issue on one of the stages, I hit the brakes too late!”

The Stagolls finished the day in fourth place in the Competition Modern category.

The wet weather today and the tight stages didn’t suit all competitors, so we can expect to see some more exciting action tomorrow.

Brett Morse / Rodney Ng. Photo: CMR Photographic
Event Director Ross Tapper flags off Bill and Glenys Stagoll. Photo: Dianne Bortoletto

Competition Classic

Finishing on top was last year’s winner, Simon Gunson (Bibra Lake) in his 1971 Ford Capri Perana with co-driver Nigel Jones (San Remo), who incidentally is the only competitor to have competed in all 17 Targa West events.

Gunson / Jones won four stages which includes an equal first with Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith in their 1974 Porsche 911, to end the day 12 seconds ahead of Nathan Ellement (Oakford) and Keven Ellement (Golden Bay) in their 1985 Chevrolet Corvette C4. The Ellement cousins won both Ellenbrook stages.

Rounding out the top three was Wolfe / Beckwith who took two stage wins to end end 14 seconds behind the leader.

“So far so good. Tomorrow is a big day and I’m looking forward to the open stages, and hopefully building a bigger buffer,” said Gunson, referring to the rally lead.

Paul Pernechele (Gidgegannup) had an unfortunate start the day with a mechanical issue in his 1971 Ford Falcon XY but he was able to rejoin the rally to the delight of cheering fans in Ellenbrook.

Simon Gunson / Nigel Jones. Photo: Graeme Howie
Nathan Ellement and Kevin Ellement. Photo: image1265
Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith. Photo: image1265

Targa 165 and Targa 130

The eerily silent but speedy electric Telsa 3 Performance+ car of Jurgen and Helen Lunssman took a clean sweep of stage wins in the Targa 165 category to finish the day 1:06 minutes ahead of their nearest rival.

If you blink you might miss them because the husband and wife team are posting impressively fast times, so much so that they’d be sitting in fourth outright (ahead of Stagoll) if they’d entered the Competition Modern category.

Targa 165 category restricts drivers to 165 kilometres per hour.

The Mayor of the City of Swan Kevin Bailey (Bullsbrook) unfortunately went off on SS3 and was forced to retire before being able to compete in front of a home crowd at Ellenbrook. Both he and co-driver Eric Purvis (West Swan) are okay. The team are making repairs overnight and plan to rejoin the rally with penalties tomorrow.

Rookie and Targa 130 competitor Aaron Williams (Stratton) and co-driver Rachel Ferrante (Aveley) won four stages including both Ellenbrook street stages in their 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 to end the day on top of the leaderboard 9 seconds ahead of Chris Beerens (Jane Book) and Alex Butler (East Vic Park) in their 2011 Subaru WRX STI.

Exactly 1:00 minute behind the leader were rookies Dylan O’Connor (Maida Vale) and Leigh Fowler (Maida Vale) in their 1998 Hyundai Excel.

Targa 130 category restricts drivers to 130 kilometres per hour.

Tomorrow – Day 2, Leg 2

Tomorrow, Make Smoking History Targa West starts the day at Mundaring with two stages at Parkerville, then onto Kalamunda for two stages before a service on Haynes Street, then the two famous Zig Zag stages and another in Kalamunda before ending the day with a service at the Hawaiian Shopping Centre Forrestfield Service Park. The rally cars head to Northbridge for the Show and Shine display 6pm to 9pm on James and Lake Streets.

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

Make Smoking History Targa West competitors start at 30-second intervals, with the winner being the fastest over all 37 stages, a total of 272 competitive kilometres, across four days.

There are awards for the Competition Modern category, Competition Classic category, Targa 130 (limited to speeds of 130km/h), Targa 165 (limited to 165km/h) and Targa 2 Day Rallye where competitors compete just on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.targawest.com.au.

Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann. Photo: CMR Photographic
John O’Dowd and Toni Feaver lining up to start at Ellenbrook. Photo: Elevation Digital
Simon Gunson and Nigel Jones lining up to start at Ellenbrook. Photo: Elevation Digital

Racing to rally – Make Smoking History Targa West

Racing to the start line are 64 West Australian tarmac rally drivers who’ll take to the streets of Perth for the 17th Make Smoking History Targa West from 16th to 19th September.

The State’s best rally drivers are all confirmed entrants including reigning champion Mark Greenham (Forrestfield) in his winning 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Will White (Dardanup) who finished second last year in his 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer and Jeffrey Foster (Bicton) in his 2019 Porsche 911 who took third last year.

The 2018 winner of the Modern Category, Peter Rullo (Gooseberry Hill), will be competing in his 13th Targa West event and will be looking to repeat that success in his 2020 SSC Lotus Exige against formidable rivals in four times winner Steve Jones (Attadale) in his 2008 Nissan R35 GTR, David Heaton (Dalkeith) in a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Mark Cates (Bunbury) in his 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and the WA State Rally Champion on gravel, John O’Dowd (Gooseberry Hill) who has bought a new car for tarmac rallying, a 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 RS purchased from racing great Jim Richards.


Mark Greenham / Steph Esterbauer. Photo: CMR Photographic

In the Classic Category, last year’s winner and one of Targa West’s greatest competitors, Simon Gunson (Bibra Lake) will again be in his 1971 Ford Capri Perana racing against Tim Wolfe in his 1974 Porsche 911, Paul Pernechele (Gidgegannup) in his 1971 Ford Falcon XY, and Simon Lingford (Hillarys) in his London to Sydney Marathon car, 1973 Datsun 240Z that’ll be amongst a great range of classic cars.

There are 15 rookies racing the clock this year, which is close to a quarter of the total field including teenager Max McRae who is following in the footsteps of his father Alister and uncle and rally champion, the late Colin McRae.

Event Director Ross Tapper says that the strong competitor list is a testament to sport.

“We feel fortunate that we’re able to hold events while the rest of the world grapples with the pandemic,” Mr Tapper says.

“It’s safe to say that West Australian competitors are making the most of it with all of our State’s top rally drivers in the entry list, which means tough competition and a great show for spectators.”


Simon Gunson / Peter Morley.  Photo: Murray Armenti

Highlights for spectators at the 2021 Make Smoking History Targa West include the new ceremonial start venue at the Supreme Court Gardens from 10.30am to 12.15pm on Thursday 16th September, and the hugely popular Ellenbrook street stages from 5pm Thursday night that also includes a jaw-dropping display of drift cars. On Friday, Kalamunda and Zig Zag stages are crowd favourites and the rally cars will later be on display at the Northbridge Show ‘n’ Shine on Friday night. On Saturday, the Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook stages are loved by spectators for their speed, and on Sunday, crowds line the streets of the industrial areas of Malaga for the street stages that includes the crazy D1WA Drift Cars, followed by the City of Perth stages along Riverside Drive and then the podium finish with the winners and the traditional champagne spray.

Also on Sunday from 10am is the City Sprint, and on Langley Park and along Riverside Drive, a mega display of racing cars, hot rods, classics, muscle cars, vintage cars, exotic cars motorbikes, go-karts and everything in between at the Celebration of Motorsport and Shannons Classics on the Swan. Best of all, it’s all free entry.

Competitors start the Make Smoking History Targa West at 30 second intervals, with the winner being the fastest over all 37 stages, a total of 272 competitive kilometres, across four days.

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

Make Smoking History Targa West is owned by Targa West and is only possible thanks to a dedicated committee and an army of 500 volunteers.

D1WA Drift Cars. Photo: CMR Photographic

ALL THE ACTION

Thursday 16th September – City, Whiteman Park, Wanneroo, Ellenbrook

From 10.30am at the Supreme Court Gardens in the City of Perth, rally cars will be on display and then, with anticipation 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 3pm. Rally cars then go to Wanneroo Raceway for two stages from 3.35pm – 5.15pm.

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 with the rally action starting at 6.15pm. About 7,000 people lined the streets last year as rally cars fanged through the centre of Ellenbrook – rally drivers love an audience!

Friday 17th September – 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, Haynes Street in Kalamunda will become the rally’s Service Park and drivers and co-drivers will break for lunch and their crews get to work.

After lunch at 1.50pm, competitors tackle the famous Zig Zag stage – a favourite with drivers and spectators. Don’t forget there’s no parking so take the provided shuttle bus. Then onto the Hawaiian Shopping Centre Forrestfield Service Park at 4.15pm before competitors park their rally cars in Northbridge on James and Lake Streets for the annual Show ‘n’ Shine 6pm to 9pm.

Saturday 18th September – Toodyay, Chittering, Bullsbrook

Now called Serious Saturday, this is make or break for competitors. It’s the longest and hardest day of the Make Smoking History Targa West Rally when the competitors need to give it their all and finish the day well if they are to have a chance of a podium finish. It takes endurance in both man and machine to finish this day well with 14 stages and a total of 125 competitive kilometres in Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook.

In Toodyay, you can see the cars up close and the crews at work in the Service Park at the Charcoal Lane Service Park at 9.20am, 11am and 1.10pm.

Spectators can follow the rally action with spectator points at Sandplain Road in Toodyay from 9.00am, Coondle West 10.30am and 12.20am, Toodyay at Racecourse Road 11.45am and 12.50pm and Timberden East at 2.00pm.

Then it’s the two 20-kilometre marathon stages in Chittering, Maryville Downs 1 and 2 starting at 2.40pm and 3.30pm respectively, after which competitors head to Bullsbrook for four more stages from 4pm and the final service for the day.

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 11.30am, which includes a demonstration with sideways skidding and smoking tyres by the D1WA Drift Cars.

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

Also in the city is an epic display of hundreds of vehicles 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 go-karts and examples of all forms of Motorsport and interesting Speedway, Drags, Circuit Racing, Bikes, RC Cars, Dakar Trucks, Open Wheelers and Trade Displays.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

Ross Tapper awarded Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in 2021 Australia Day Honours List

Rally supremo Ross Tapper awarded Order of Australia Medal

 Ross Tapper, owner of Targa West Events, has been awarded an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to motorsport in the Australia Day Honours.

Mr Tapper’s career in motorsport administration spans close to 45 years.

He has been Clerk of Course in over 250 events including motorkhana, autocross, rallysprint, and national, state and club rallies including the Forest Rally, Rally of Melbourne, Rally Tasmania, Rally Calder and Australasian Safari.

In 1988, Mr Tapper was Assistant Clerk of Course for Safety in the country’s first round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Australia, a role he performed until 1994.

He has been a Clerk of Course for at least one round of the WA State Rally Championship or Australian Rally Championship every year since 1978, and in May he will be Clerk of Course for WA’s round of the ARC Forest Rally held in Bunbury and Nannup, for the 32nd time.

Mr Tapper has run tarmac rally Targa West in Perth for 16 years, has been chairman of the WA Rally Advisory Panel for 12 years, President of the WA Car Club for 20 years in three separate stints, was named WA State Official of the Year in 2015 and in that same year inducted into the Australia Rally Hall of Fame and given Lifetime Membership to Motorsport Australia (previously CAMS).

Mr Tapper said that the OAM has taken him by surprise.

“I feel very humbled and equally very pleased that someone from a non-mainstream sport can be recognised for their contribution to a sport they love,” Mr Tapper said.

“Running rallies is not a one-man-show and I certainly couldn’t have done any of this without the friendship and support of many officials, competitors and service crews, and especially my number one supporter, my wife Jan.

L-R: Alan Tapper, Max & Linda Chesterfield, Jan & Ross Tapper

“My love of rallying doesn’t come from liking cars, in fact, it’s the opposite – I don’t pop open a bonnet and get excited at the shiny bits.

“What makes it so rewarding are the friendships formed, many that have lasted decades and continue on to this day. That, and bringing together a gazillion moving parts that make up a motorsport event – approvals, competitors, officials, all of it, and overseeing everything so events run safely and smoothly.

“I am so fortunate that I’ve been able to turn a hobby into a long and fulfilling career, it’s been amazing.

“When I reflect back, I feel truly grateful to do what I love and love what I do, every day I’m surrounded by friends and good people.

“I’m living proof that motorsport is addictive, whether you’re behind the wheel or not, before one event is over, I’m already planning the next.”

There’s no talk of retirement or slowing down, Mr Tapper, 63, is deep in the throes of planning the next rally, the Auto One Targa Albany Sprint on February 28 and March 1, which he has expanded from one event last year into three events this year.

Introduced to motorsport by his father in the 1950s, Mr Tapper joined the WA Car Club in 1975 and the following year started rally driving in a Galant. His first foray organising a rally was three years later in 1978 for which he received the Director of the Year Award.

Ross in his Galant during the 1984 Rock Inn Rally

Mr Tapper was sent overseas by the FIA to officiate and train in Japan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and his long list of awards and accolades includes Lifetime Membership of the WA Car Club.

The WA Rally Community congratulates Mr Tapper on an outstanding career and the much-deserved Order of Australia Medal.

Make Smoking History Targa West 2020: Rookies

Written by Mundaring Christian College students Brendan Elliott and Layla Cassian – 6th November 2020

Rookies, the freshest competitors, are often the most fierce and
eager in any competition. In Mundaring recently at the Make
Smoking History Targa West rally, rookies were involved for fun, the
challenge and for the new experience. A total of 19 rookie drivers
and co-drivers entered the high-speed adrenaline-filled event, with
many commenting on the good time they were having.

Make Smoking History Targa West is a four day annual tarmac rally,
consisting of 54 rally teams competing in four different categories.
This year there were 500 volunteers who helped out, plus support
from Mundaring Christian College. The school helped by providing
the start and pitstop for the Parkerville stage of the rally on Day 2,
whilst some of the students assisted by tagging gates, undertaking
media interviews and offering food and hospitality.

For some rookies, tarmac rallying at the four-day Make Smoking
History Targa West was their first involvement in any form of
motorsport.

“Well, I wasn’t into motorsport until three months ago, so I just
decided to go do it and have a crack, get a driver’s license and
have a go,” states Nissan Silvia driver Kevin Bailey in car number
31.

A group of students from MCC were assigned the task to interview
the rookies and other competitors during the Parkerville Stage of
the rally held on Day 2.

Bailey was one of a handful of drivers who shared their experience
on the first section with the students, saying his favourite stage was
a toss up between Barbagallo and Ellenbrook on Day 1.
“Yeah, it was very good, Whiteman Park was a bit challenging, but
the rest has been great fun.”

Bailey explained that Targa West was very exciting for the public,
seeing the people come out of their back yard to watch.

The City of Swan Mayor left his desk job for quite a different
experience this year, joining the competitive 1000km Rally, but
unfortunately for Bailey and his team they didn’t make the top ten.

Veteran driver Simon Gunson and his ‘virgin’ co-driver (as he calls
him), Peter Morley, raced their way into first place in the Classic
category. With an astonishing lead of 4 minutes 43 seconds, they
were able to convincingly beat other experienced teams.

This year was Morley’s first Make Smoking History Targa West rally,
although he has had previous experience with single seat racers.
Morley enlightened the students on his ‘Cycle of Racing’.

“It starts with building a car, then racing it, breaking it, and fixing it
again.”

Morley and Gunson didn’t have any major problems at the time of
interviewing.

“No problems at all apart from a loose bolt on the exhaust, unlike
some other competitors.”

As Morley explains, all the drivers experienced their fair share of
difficulties whether it be new motors, mechanical issues, or other
costly repairs.

Similar to Bailey, Morley also described the challenging first stage.
“Stage 1 was a bit tight and narrow,” he says.

Gunson and Morley, in their a 1971 Capri Perana, blew it out of the
water, finishing faster than all the competitors in their category and
some in the other categories too. A win for a rookie co-driver or
driver is incredible, but for those who didn’t place it’s all about the
fun and the experience.

All the drivers, rookies or experienced, mentioned that they enjoy
the camaraderie and community support that comes with the rally.
Experienced driver Chris Caruso also gave students an insight into
how he and his team Wyldcat Racing enjoy the community and the
people.

“As far as our team goes, the rally is all about high performance
cars, rallying and racing, but the other aspect of it is people. It’s all
about community and people,” Says Caruso.

“It’s good camaraderie because there’s a lot of involvement with
other competitors. As you see, everyone gets along really well and
it’s good to enjoy the successes at the end of the day.” Comments
SSC Lotus Driver Peter Rullo.

Rullo also mentions he can’t wait to be back next year. “Thanks to
Mundaring Christian College for the hospitality and I can’t wait to be
back next year,” says the Gooseberry Hill resident.

The 2018 Winner and his crew had a few moments on Day 1, but
apart from that they quite like the stage in Parkerville. We asked
Rullo if he was confident for a win, and this is what he had to say:
“It’s a long event so you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. So
what I meant by that is to finish first, first you must finish. So it’s just
using your strengths and what you’re good at and leveraging off
that.”

Unfortunately Rullo, his days of mechanical troubles have returned
with his car succumbed to overheating issues when a fan belt broke
on Day 3 and he was out of contention.

Rookie or veteran, a podium contender or in it for the challenge, the
common thread between all competitors is that rallying is about
camaraderie, community, having a great time and driving as fast as
they can.

Make Smoking History Targa West was held in and around
Mundaring, Perth, Toodyay, Chittering, Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park
and Kalamunda from 22 to 25 October 2020.

For more information and full results, visit www.targawest.com.au.

Make Smoking History Targa West, it’s getting hot in here

Make Smoking History Targa West, it’s getting hot in here

Western Australia delivered warm sunny spring weather for Day 2 of the 16thMake Smoking History Targa West which took to the streets of Parkerville, Mundaring and Kalamunda, including the Zig Zag today.

Today was Section 2 of Leg 1, consisting of eight stages, 76.56 competitive kilometres and a total distance of 264 kilometres.

The day began at Mundaring Christian College where the Bush Cadet students donned high vis vests to join officials to help set up stages. The school newspaper students interviewed, photographed and filmed drivers before they set off, and the canteen put on a special morning tea to keep everyone caffeinated and fed. The day ended with rally cars in Northbridge for the Show and Shine along James Street and Lake Street.

Competition Modern

Mark Greenham and Steph Esterbauer in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 started the day 22 second ahead of nearest rival Peter Rullo and Jimmy Marquet in their 2019 SSC Lotus Exige Targa GT and were doing all they could to maintain their lead.

At the day’s halfway mark, Rullo / Marquet made up enough time during the first four stages to be equal first with Greenham / Esterbauer. The battle was on and Rullo / Marquet were able to pull away in the day’s last three stages to finish 12 seconds in front.

“We’re running our own race,” said Rullo. “There’s still a long way to go.”

Greenham said that he’s been going flat out.

“It feels good to be fighting for the lead. Yesterday’s stages suited us, and the car has been faultless. We expected the Lotus to catch us, but we’ll keep doing our own thing and having a crack – we’re having a ball,” said Greenham.

There’s a little gap between the two front runners and the rest of the pack and the day ended with a tie for third place between Brett Morse and Rodney Ng in their BMW M2 Competition and husband and wife team Jeffery and Catherine Foster in their 2019 Porsche GT3 RS, a further 2:03 minutes behind Greenham.

Will White and Matt Thompson blew the engine of their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 just a week before Targa West and yesterday were plagued with fuel regulator issues which have resolved. They finished Day 2 in fifth place 11 second behind the equal third-place holders.

In the mid-pack there’s some healthy competition going on with bragging rights on the table (and possibly $50 according to sources) on who finishes fastest.

In contention (and possibly the instigator) is David Heaton and Caleb Ash in their 2018 Nissan GTR R35 who are currently in sixth place, just 8 seconds behind White / Thompson.

Also vying for bragging rights is John O’Dowd and Toni Feaver who yesterday showed promise in their leased 2004 Porsche 996 Turbo but today had issues with a slipping clutch, losing time and dropping down the leaderboard to ninth place, 3:55 minutes behind first place.

No longer in contention in the mid-pack rivalry and adding to the retirements list is Bill and Gleyns Stagoll their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 who were showing good pace earlier on before suffering a mechanical issue.

Mark Cates and Declan Stafford who retired last night after hitting a kerb in Ellenbrook breaking a strut housing in their 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will rejoin the rally as an invitational competitor in Cate’s 1977 Holden Torana LXSS V8.

Competition Classic

In the Competition Classic (pre 1986), Simon Gunson with rookie co-driver Peter Morley continued to set a blistering pace in his 1971 Ford Capri Perana, again taking a clean sweep to win all stages two days in a row to increase his lead to 2:36 minutes. Gunson / Morley have won 15 stages straight.

Gunson was all smiles in the Kalamunda Service Park today.

“It’s been very good so far. We’ve got to the stages that we enjoy and the car is beautifully balanced,” Gunson said.
Simon Gunson / Peter Morley. Photo: Brett Sandells

Co-driver Morley said today was awesome.

“Now we’re doing real stages, I’m loving it and we’re having so much fun. I can’t wait until Toodyay tomorrow,” Morley said.

Finishing the day in second place was Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith in a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS and jumping up the leaderboard to third today was Kim Stewart and Frank Zanotti in their 1965 Ford Mustang, 2:27 minutes behind Wolfe / Beckwith.

Targa 165 and Targa 130

The Targa 165 category that restricts drivers to 165 kilometres per hour, rookies Ben Pang and co-drive Brandon Chin in their 1999 Honda Civic have increased their lead to be 6:01 minutes ahead of Nick Rahimtulla and Lisa White in their 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 105.

The Targa 130 category restricts drivers to 130 kilometres per hour and it was again soft but speedy electric Telsa 3 Performance+ car of Jurgen and Helen Lunssman that finished on top, increasing their overall lead to 4:47 minutes ahead of David and Anna Hodges in their 2013 Holden VF SSV.

Tomorrow – Leg 2, Day 3

Tomorrow is the marathon day at Targa West with competitors heading out to Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook for 14 stages, 129.2 competitive kilometres that includes the two longest stages of the rally, Maryville Downs at 19.68 kilometres, that’s run twice. Competitors will cover 461 kilometres in 12-hour day.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is expected to reach 30 degrees and Sunday’s prediction is for 34 degrees, which could create new challenges for competitors.

Usually run in winter in August and deferred to October due to COVID, the warm weather meant crews at Make Smoking History Targa West had to pay close attention to tyre pressure, particularly those running the soft tyres, which be at risk as the weather heats up. Each car is permitted six types during the four-day event.

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.

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

For more information, visit www.targawest.com.au and keep up to date on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/targawest

Main Photo: Peter Rullo / Jimmy Marquet. Photo: CMR Photographic

Mark Greenham / Steph Esterbauer. Photo: CMR Photographic

Make Smoking History Targa West, a real crowd pleaser

In beautiful sunny conditions this morning, 54 rally cars competing in the 16thMake Smoking History Targa West rally drove high octane excitement into Forrest Place in the City of Perth for the tarmac rally’s Ceremonial Start.

In his first official public appearance, new City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zemplias wished competitors and crews a safe and successful event before flagging off the first cars.
Forrest Place for Ceremonial Start of Make Smoking History Targa West. Photo: CMR Photographic

Competitors then headed to Whiteman Park to tackle four stages, racing against the clock, then two stages at Wanneroo Raceway and then took to the streets of Ellenbrook for the day’s last two stages, thrilling over 7,000 spectators.

Section 1 of Leg 1 today consisted of eight stages, 26.34 competitive kilometres and a total distance of 178 kilometres.  Stage 1 was used as a warm up and not timed.

There were six retirements after Day 1 with competitors experiencing a range of issues from mechanicals, blown head gaskets, broken drive shaft, getting bogged in sand and, in the case of Mark Cates, a broken strut when his 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 RS hit a kerb on the first stage at Ellenbrook. Cates said that he was mostly uninjured, the only thing that hurt is his back pocket. Some competitors may restart the rally if they can fix their issues overnight.

Competition Modern

Ending the first day on top 22 seconds ahead was Mark Greenham and Steph Esterbauer in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. Greenham / Esterbauer blitzed the two stages at Wanneroo Raceway, winning by 11 seconds and 7 seconds, the new engine, his 4WD car and driving style clearly suited to the stage. The duo also finished fastest in the Ellenbrook street stages.

“There were lots of first and second gear corners and the four-wheel drive really punches the gear hard and handles them so well,” said Greenham of High Wycombe.

Mark Greenham / Steph Esterbauer. Photo: CMR Photographic

Peter Rullo and Jimmy Marquet in their 2019 SSC Lotus Exige Targa GT bolted from the get-go, winning the first two stages, but with a car suited to long flowing roads, lost time on the tight, twisty stages at Wanneroo Raceway.

Rullo / Marquet finished the day in second place. Rounding out the top three a further 22 seconds behind was husband and wife Bill and Glenys Stagoll in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

John O’Dowd and Toni Feaver showed promise in their leased 2004 Porsche 996 Turbo and finished the day in fourth, a good effort considering that the first time O’Dowd drove the car was on route to the Ceremonial Start.

Will White and Matt Thompson blew their engine the week before Targa West, and the crew spent many a late night to fix it in time. Despite finishing equal fastest on the first Ellenbrook stage, fuel regulator issues plagued them today and it looks like they’ll be out of contention.

Competition Classic

In the Competition Classic (pre 1986), the pace was set early by Simon Gunson with new rookie co-driver this year Peter Morley in his 1971 Ford Capri Perana taking a clean sweep to win all stages, finishing 33 seconds ahead of Tim Wolfe and Scott Beckwith in a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.

Co-driver Morley said that he was almost losing his voice.

“I don’t need to shout at Simon because we have comms, but I keep yelling at him!” Morley quipped.

Gunson reported that he made a couple of small driving errors, but all in all, it had been a good, trouble free day.

Finishing the day in third place 35 seconds behind Wolfe / Beckwith was Bruce Lake and Peter Hall in their London-to-Sydney Marathon car, a 1971 Datsun 240Z.

Targa 165 and Targa 130

In the Targa 165 category, drivers are restricted to 165 kilometres per hour. Rookies Ben Pang and co-drive Brandon Chin finished with a healthy lead of 2:44 minutes in their 1999 Honda Civic ahead of Nick Rahimtulla and Lisa White in their 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 105.

The Targa 130 category restricts drivers to 130 kilometres per hour. It was the electric Telsa 3 Performance+ piloted by husband and wife duo Jurgen and Helen Lunssman that finished the day fastest, 1:16 minutes ahead of David and Anna Hodges in their 2013 Holden VF SSV.

Jurgen Lunssman said it was important to build a lead.

“In the electric car, obviously we need time to charge the car, so it’s important we build up a lead now to off set the longer days ahead.  Other than that, we’re a Swiss team now, running like clockwork,” said Lunssman.

Tomorrow, Leg 1 continues and  Targa West heads to Mundaring and Kalamunda, which includes the famous Zig Zag stage, ahead of the Show and Shine in Northbridge tomorrow night from 6pm.

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.

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

For more information, visit www.targawest.com.au and keep up to date on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/targawest

Main Photo: Bill & Glenys Stagoll, currently 3rd in Competition Modern Photo: CMR Photographic

Simon Gunson / Peter Morley. Photo: Phil Williams

Start your engines and keep your cool

Make Smoking History Targa West starts tomorrow

WA’s borders might be shut but that won’t stop 54 West Australian tarmac rally drivers from racing along the closed streets of Perth and surrounds for the 16thMake Smoking History Targa West tarmac rally from 22 to 25 October.

Starting tomorrow (Thursday 22 October), competitors and their rally cars will assemble in Forrest Place in the CBD from 10am for the Ceremonial start and ‘flagging off’ by newly sworn in Rt Hon the Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas at 11.45am.

The strong field consists of 54 modern and classic rally cars with 108 competitors, of which 19 are rookies.

Conditions are set to be hot with the forecast for the next four days predicted to be 25, 26, 29 and 34 degrees on Sunday – it’ll be the first time that Make Smoking History Targa West has been run in temperatures over 30 degrees, which could pose new challenges for competitors.

The competitors to watch in the Competition Modern Category are Peter Rullo, John O’Dowd, Mark Cates and Will White.

Peter Rullo and regular co-driver James Marquet will be in Rullo’s modified 2019 SSC Lotus Exige Targa GT. Rullo and Marquet won the rally in 2018 and have finished on the podium eight times between them. This will be Rullo’s 12thTarga West.

Rullo said that he was looking forward to some new and some newly configured stages.

“It’s good that the organisers are mixing it up with some new stages and running others in reverse, it means no one can’t use notes,” he said.

“We did our final test in the car last week and our preparation has gone well, we’re feeling pretty confident, but you never know how the warm weather will affect things,” Rullo said.

John O’Dowd and regular co-driver Toni Feaver have parked up the Skoda R5 rally car that took him to win the 2019 State Rally Championship (gravel) and have leased Peter Major’s 2004 Porsche 996 that won Targa West last year.

O’Dowd, competing in his 15th Targa West rally, said that he hasn’t had a chance to test the Porsche, which is less than ideal ahead of tomorrow’s start.

“The Skoda doesn’t have the legs for the long stages, although it was great fun to drive it last year,” said O’Dowd.

“Over the years I’ve driven lots of different cars in Targa West including Holden, Subaru, Lamborghini, Skoda and this year it’s a Porsche and I’m looking forward to driving it.

“The plan of attack is to enjoy the rally and have some fun and give the car back in one piece of course,” O’Dowd said.

In the Competition Classic Category, last year’s winner Simon Gunson is with a rookie co-driver, his long-time friend Peter Morley in Gunson’s 1971 Ford Capri Perana.

Gunson, a three-time winner of Targa West, said that Morley has been a part of his service crew for long time.

“It’s all about having a good time. We have a great crew of guys and we get together on Wednesday nights to build rally cars, break them, and repeat – it’s about the camaraderie and friendship,” said Gunson.

 


Photo: Jason Matz

“I’ve been on Peter’s crew when he races, and we’re good friends. Hopefully we’ll still be friends afterwards!” quipped Gunson.

For Morley, co-driving in Targa West has been on his bucket list.

“I race a single seater and I’m usually a one-man-show, so I’m really looking forward to co-driving for Simon. It’s not just about having a good time, it’s about winning!”

Other competitors to watch in the Competition Classic Category are Mark Dobson, Tim Wolfe and Bruce Lake.

Make Smoking History Targa West has four categories:

  • Competition (Modern / Classic): Motorsport Australia compliant vehicles & crews, vehicles have high level of safety requirements
  • Targa 165 (Modern / Classic): Motorsport Australia compliant vehicles & crews, vehicles have high level safety requirements but speed limited to 165km/h
  • Targa 130 (Modern / Classic): showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles, compete in all stages but speed limited to 130km/h
  • Targa 2Day: For competitors taking part only in the weekend stages.

Modern vehicles are manufactured between 1986 and 2020, and classic are manufactured pre-1986.

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.

Competitors will compete on closed road special stages in and around Perth, Whiteman Park, Muchea, Ellenbrook street stages, Kalamunda (including the infamous Zig Zag), Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook, along with Malaga Sunday morning prior to the finalé at the City of Perth Special Stage along Riverside Drive next to the spectacular Swan River from 1.00pm.

On Sunday 25th October in the city is the Shannons Classic on the Park, a showcase of beautiful cars from yesteryear and the Celebration of Motorsport on Langley Park with over 600 cars, bikes and boats on display as well as free activities for the kids.

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

 

Main Photo: CMR Photographic

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.

For more information, visit www.targawest.com.au and keep up to date on Facebook www.facebook.com/targawest

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.

For more information visit www.targawest.com.au