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Tuesday 16 April 2019

Revheads set to destroy tranquillity of the Apple Isle

For 28 years now Targa Tasmania has enticed revheads to the Apple Isle to break the speed limit, put wildlife at risk and close the roads for locals wanting to go about their legitimate business. 

Some Targa entrants seem to feel road rules do not apply to them, even when they are between stages in small towns. They rev their engines and ignore local road rules. Police gaze on, obviously under orders not to intervene in what is a money-maker for the state.

The latest Targa Tasmania runs from April 29-May 4. It is described as "a world-class motorsport event held across Tasmania’s most scenic routes and mountain passes". 

The event attracts thousands of spectators to vantage points throughout the state, including just down the road from me.  

Up to 300 cars are selected to compete on a tarmac rally that covers 2000km. 

Over six days, touring, sports and GT cars battle it out over 40 competitive stages on Tasmania’s toughest roads. 

Spectators can get close to the best of Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Lotus and Mercedes Benz, should they so wish. 

The action starts in George Town in the state’s north and makes its way south to Hobart. The competition is staged over six leg and competition categories depending on the car and its capabilities. 

I will be doing my best to ignore the event. You may feel differently.  

The event is free for spectators.

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