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.

Targa West on a Budget…how to win the Best Fun Trophy (Part 2)

Targa West on a Budget…how to win the Best Fun Trophy – Part 2
by Andy van Kann (Car #92)

This article is based on a Euro spec Honda Type R Model FN2 (2007 to 2011), not because its necessarily the best Fun for $$, but because I know the car very well!

Firstly, I should repeat what I said in my Article 1. This is not about winning or even getting into the top half of the field. It is about Fun for $$. Lots and lots and lots of fun for $$. Low investment and low maintenance. The name of this game is to have fun and to KEEP having fun.

Base Car: Honda FN2 Type R 2007 to 2011. Try to stay away from VIN 2007 like mine because Targa Australia GT2 requires VIN after 1 Jan 2008… and GT2 will increase the value of your car to sell to Tasmania! Expect to pay 10k for a roughy, 15k for a mid-fielder and 20k for that elusive plum. Normal rules… service history, no crash history, low km if possible (although mine had 172,000km before I started rallying it!).

Department of Transport and CAMS: Initially, lets stay totally A Reg compliant (ie normal road registration) with no CAMS Log Book. This does mean we are restricted to Targa 130 but I would recommend at least a year in this Category anyway.

Safety: The standard seats are great. They were developed and built by non-other than Recaro specifically for the Euro spec Type R. Lovely. In any case, you can’t change them and remain A Reg as they have SRS Airbags integrated in them. The standard seat belts are fine. Obviously get all the mandatory bits and bobs like Fire Extinguisher (make sure it has a metal bracket), Triangles, First Aid, Oil Absorb, SOS/OK, Window hammer etc etc. You will also need to spend $190 on a Rally Safe Installation kit.

Stop!! The Type R standard brakes are perfectly fine, even for Targa 165 and certainly for Targa 130. Don’t stress about the single pot floaters. They are fine! And DON’T replace the standard Honda rotors. They are better than the competition Australian stuff! Get a set of Hawke pads or Ferodo DS3000. And leave the ABS standard…it is brilliant!

Suspension: The standard set up is Showa, a Honda owned company, and is perfectly fine… even after 170,000 km. Eibach do a lovely set of high quality camber bolts which will get you about 2 deg negative on the front which is enough. Whiteline do a lovely adjustable front sway bar which is easy to install. DON’T install the Whiteline rear bar… rear sway stiffness is the last thing we want!! If you want to spoil yourself with some shiny blue bits get a Hard Race bush kit… and then borrow my special tools to install them!! These minor changes are very inexpensive and should not attract any “A Reg” attention and will make the car even sweeter to drive.

Transmission: unfortunately, Honda let the team down with the FN2 Type R… it comes with an open diff. Yuk! Its predecessors the Integra DC2 and DC5 Type R’s had slippy’s (Limited Slip Diff)… but alas not the FN2. You can stay open initially, but you will need to be gentle on any 1st and 2nd gear exists (Real Chicanes, Kwinana, Bunbury, Whiteman, Zig Zag, Malaga, City of Perth, Pemberton Town, Manjimup Town stages). But I recommend you spend $1200 on a Cusco or Kaaz 1.5 LSD. I did. The gearbox ratios are fine. Honda cleverly run 1 to 5 quite close and a massive step to 6th for cruising… which you never use in the stages. The final drive ratio is fine. Standard clutch is fine but maybe put a new organic Exedy in if you do remove the box to install the LSD. Again, all A Reg friendly.

Engine: Perfectly fine standard. Maybe lash out and buy a K&N filter element! The standard K20Z4 engine is gorgeous. Spins happily to 8500 all day. And sounds awesome!

Cockpit: get a Monit G trip meter. It is a GPS trip meter so no wiring. Light and easy to mount with Velcro or a RAM Mount! And don’t forget an intercom compatible with whatever helmet brand you decide. If possible, get a 9v battery unit to eliminate any interference from the ugly noise on the Honda CAN BUS. Get a RAM Mount for the Rally Safe. IMPORTANT: anything mounted in the cockpit MUST be outside of the SRS air bag explosion path!! Be careful!!

Wheels: you will need 2 extra wheels for spares. Fortunately for you, I have a shed full of them!

Tyres: Ouch! 18 inch. This is going to hurt. I suggest you start with a set of Hankook as they are very good value for money. Or talk to me for some second hand Dunlops. Also keep an eye on the various face book groups for some second hand Yoky’s. The good news is that if you get medium compound, a set of tyres on a Type R will easily last you 2 x Targa South West plus 2 x Targa West. But… if you also do Bunbury and Kwinana then expect to use another set of front tyres.

Now its time to go rallying!! Obviously, you will need your personal safety gear required for Targa 130 (wait for the 2019 rules first!) and a CAMS Level 2 Licence. But other than that, you can now go and have the best Fun for $$ of anyone in Targa with the possible exception of my Type R!!

For the record, what I listed above is exactly how I ran my Type R for its first year of Targa South West and Targa West. Since then, I have spent some more money on it which you can also plan to do AFTER you have had some initial fun. But be aware the next steps take you away from A Reg! But you can also keep using it exactly as it is. Just do regular oil changes and brake pad changes and drive it as hard as you wish. It’s a Honda.

Extra bits on my Type R (not essential for the Fun factor!!) but which require a CAMS Log Book and dedicated Rally B Registration.

– Hard Race Suspension
– Close ratio synchro Gear kit with matching final drive (not allowed under GT2 spec)
– competition exhaust system
– Monoblock Spoon calipers
– remapped ECU (don’t buy the Hondata OBDII programming unit as you are welcome to borrow mine including the maps)

And if you want to progress to Targa 165 (like me) or Targa 200 (and join the Kamikaze’s)

– Velo Seats
– 6-point harness’s
– full weld in cage

Have fun. And best of all, between me and Ducky (Geoff Duckworth) we can answer most of your FN2 Type R questions!!

Footnote: We are awaiting on a few crucial “To Be Confirmed” rules from CAMS for Targa 130 for 2019. Firstly, are FHR compulsory? Secondly, will CAMS introduce compulsory Type 2 (half) cages for Targa 130. If so, we have a new ball game as it essentially means B Reg or Permit, in other words, a dedicated rally car. Lets wait and see.

Photos:  Blake Parry