Targa West rally action set to hit top gear on streets of Malaga

Last year’s winners, Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti, are hoping for continued success this week in their 1971 Ford Capri.
Last year’s winners, Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti, are hoping for continued success this week in their 1971 Ford Capri.

CLASSIC and electric car racers are gearing up to put on a show on the roads of Malaga at the 13th Quit Targa West rally this week.

There are 58 rally teams entered in the race, which will travel through the most iconic roads in the Perth CBD, Malaga, Wanneroo and Perth Hills from August 10 to 13.

Last year’s winners, Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti, are competing in an old 1971 Ford Capri.

Gunson said they wanted to repeat last year’s wins at Targa West and Targa South-West.

“The plan so far is going well, with winning Targa South-West,” he said.

“The car has proved very reliable, apart from the complete exhaust system dropping off.

“This has since been modified, so it shouldn’t happen again.”

Armenti said he was looking forward to seeing spectators and families enjoy the show.

“Some of the stages in the City of Swan are some of the best stages anywhere,” he said.

“First and foremost, as a team we just get out there and enjoy the event and hopefully get the win.

“A back-to-back result would be great, so we can attempt to spray the champagne even further than last year.”

Malaga business Gemtek Automation appointed Jurgen Lunsmann to drive a BMW i3 in a bid to highlight electric cars.

Gemtek Automation director Florian Popp said the rally would help WA’s electric car industry catch up to the eastern states and the world.

“With the growth worldwide of electric vehicles, there are significant infrastructure challenges in WA as we move away from petrol-based vehicles, including the electricity and charging network, electric vehicle service and motor retail transition,” he said.

Quality Affordable Tiles’ Abbas Cherd said the event would bring more people to Malaga.

Aerial Fun Trampoline World owner Neroli Rebel said she supported community events and the rally would not affect their business as they told customers how to avoid road closures.

The Quit Targa West: City of Swan Night Stage will be held in Malaga on August 10 at 6.30pm.