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Targa Tasmania Car Rally

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Every year, the island of Tasmania is turned into a raceway as several hundred competitors compete in the Targa Tasmania.

The Targa Tasmania is scheduled for April or May. The Targa Tasmania finishes in Hobart and spectators can also watch the action around Launceston, Strahan, Devonport, New Norfolk, St. Helens, Sheffield and George Town. The event takes place over six days, or stages.

The 1992 race was won by Greg Crick and Greg Preece in a Honda, just beating two BMW cars, and they repeated their success the next year. In 1994, Andrew Miedecke and Alan Taylor drove a Porsche to victory. Most events from 1996 to 2003 were won by the combination of Jim Richards and Barry Oliver, they were also successful in 2006. Driving a Nissan, John White and Jason White won the 2005 Targa Tasmania.

There are many different categories that cars are assigned to. From vintage to modern.

Every race you can expect to see cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lancia, Porsche, Ford, Nissan, Holden, Subaru, Toyota, Honda and many others.

Not only are the cars different, the skill level and experience of many of the drivers vary. Television celebrities and other entertainment figures have competed against famous racing drivers. Some of the well-known participants include Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Glenn Ridge, Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Dick Johnson, Andrew Miedecke, Peter Fitzgerald, Ed Ordynski, Mick Doohan and Eric Bana.

Eric Bana driving at the Targa Tasmania can be seen in the documentary movie Love the Beast. He did have an accident in his 1974 Ford XB Falcon Coupe during the rally.

As the Targa Tasmania is run on the roads of the island, road closures will occur during the event.

Those wishing to enter the Targa Tasmania need to pay the application fee and the entrance fee, which varies for the type of vehicle. The appropriate AASA licence is needed too.

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