Flying start to rally

Hayley, Kaen and Mark Peel.
Hayley, Kaen and Mark Peel.

The rain stayed away and local revheads were out in full force as cars lined Haynes Street in the usually sleepy town side by side to begin the first leg of the rally.

The street was clogged with spectators, racers and their support crews, including family and friends cheering them on.

The Reporter spotted Liberal member for Kalamunda Nathan Morton, Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt and Member for Kalamunda John Day enjoying the bubbly and canapes in the prime spot of the Shire of Kalamunda’s VIP tent, with the motorists and their toys just metres away.

Mr Wyatt told the Reporter he was a regular at the Targa rally.

Shire of Kalamunda CEO Rhonda Hardy welcomed the attendees with a brief speech.

‘The Shire of Kalamunda has developed a strong relationship with the Targa team throughout the past seven years,’ she said.

‘People probably do not realise, but we get about 1000 people lining the streets from Mundaring Weir to Kalamunda to watch the cars.’

Shire President Sue Bilich was unable to attend but her deputy Allan Morton was on hand for the proceedings. He said the annual event made the Perth Hills a prominent tourist destination that had a positive effect on local businesses.

The crowd also enjoyed music on the main stage by a local band.