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 www.targawest.com.au 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”

One month to go – Make Smoking History Targa West

Peter Rullo / Jimmy Marquet, Make Smoking History Targa West 2018 winner Competiton Modern  – Photo: Tim Allott

The 15th Make Smoking History Targa West, held in and around Perth from 8th to 11th August, is Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally and much more than cars racing the clock.

For drivers, there are several class options: Competition, Targa 130, Targa 165 and Electric Vehicle category. There’s still time to enter, entries close on 19 July 2019. For those wanting less commitment, there’s also the shorter and more accessible Targa 2Day category.

Continue reading “One month to go – Make Smoking History Targa West”

Targa Tasmania veteran enters Make Smoking History Targa West to learn more

Plans and preparations are well-advanced for the 15th Make Smoking History Targa West, held in and around Perth from 8th to 11th August.

Over 60 competitors are expected to race the clock on closed road special stages at Whiteman Park, Muchea (returns for 2019), Ellenbrook (new for 2019) Kalamunda including the infamous Zig Zag, Parkerville (new for 2019), Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the penultimate stage in Malaga, then the finale at the City of Perth Special Stage along Riverside Drive.

Veteran Targa Tasmania competitor John Ireland, who finished fifth outright on the Apple Isle last month, has entered Make Smoking History Targa West with a view to hone his driving skills with coaching by co-driver Steve Glenney.

“Targa West has been on my bucket list for a while, I’ve always wanted to do it,” Ireland says.

“An opportunity came up to have Steve Glenney sit beside me – he’s one of the best co-drivers on tarmac and gravel and a driver coach – so it’ll serve a dual purpose; driver coaching and ticking off a bucket list.”

Ireland and Glenney will compete in Targa West in Ireland’s beastly-looking 2017 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme, a left-hand-drive with an 8.4 litre V10 engine.

John Ireland and “Rosie” get ‘air’ in Tasmania. Photo: Angryman Photography

“The car has a character all of its own, my mechanic named her Rosie after the AC/DC song ‘Whole lotta Rosie’ which was a song about a generously proportioned woman. He says my car has a big ass, is noisy and drinks a lot, like Rosie in the song,” Ireland quips.

“It’s completely different to drive and it took some getting used to the dimensions on the road. Also, I’m sitting at the back over the rear axle and can’t see the front of the car, but I’m getting there. One thing for sure, she’s a crowd favourite wherever she goes,” Ireland, an orthopaedic surgeon, says.

Ireland has had ‘Rosie’ for two years. He started off racing classic cars 20 years ago, had a rotary car and then bought an old Porsche which raced for eight years.

“After the Porsche, my mechanic talked me into buying a GT4. A couple of years later, my wife who was getting into rallying as my co-driver, decided that we needed a faster car.”

“I’m looking forward to driving the roads in the West. I understand that they are mostly open and fast and because of that there are speed constraints and chicanes, which will be a challenge in such a big car. I don’t really know what to expect, but I am very much looking forward to Targa West,” says Ireland of Stanwell Park south of Sydney.

John Ireland and “Rosie”. Photo: Angryman Photography

Lining up with Ireland’s Dodge Viper will be a wide variety of cars including classics like Ford Escorts and Mustangs, Toranas and Commodores to more modern turbocharged Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru WRXs and Nissan GTRs, plus some Electric Vehicles like the Tesla Roadster, not to mention exotic cars like an AMG or Porsche GT3 RS.

Make Smoking History Targa West is a unique form of motorsport where tarmac rally cars compete on roads that are closed for competition at 30 second intervals, with the winner being the fastest over all 35 stages.

Cars are grouped into classes and there are categories for full Competition, Targa 130, Targa 165 and Electric Vehicle category.

Event Director Ross Tapper said that tarmac rallying is the fastest growing and most exciting areas of motorsport.

“We have put on special Rookie functions and briefings because we’re getting a lot of interest and entries from first-timers,” says Tapper.

“We also have the Targa 2Day competition which will be held on Saturday 10th August and Sunday 11th August, primary set up for newcomers but also for anyone who is short of time or doesn’t want the expense of the four-day event.

“The spirit of rallying is centred on the enjoyment of the thrill of the open road in a controlled and competitive environment and our goal is to put on another ‘five-star’ event for competitors and spectators.”

Spectating is free at Make Smoke History Targa West.

Entries are open and close on 19 July 2019.