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