Get revved up for Targa West

Photo: 3Abroad Photography
Photo: 3Abroad Photography

GET your engines running to the city.

The Make Smoking History Targa West will kick off with a ceremonial start at Forrest Place from 10am to noon on Thursday.

The first car will be waved off at 11.15am.

About 50 competitors in a range of rally cars, including a V12 Dodge Viper, 2017 Porsche 911, 1971 Datsun 240z and 1965 Ford Mustang, will race on closed-road special stages at Whiteman Park, Muchea, Ellenbrook, Kalamunda, Parkerville, Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the penultimate stage in Malaga, then the finale at the City of Perth Special Stage along Riverside Drive on August 11 from 1pm.

The rally is free and organisers say there will be plenty of opportunities to watch the fast-paced action and check out the machines.

The three days of racing will include the Northbridge Show ’n’ Shine on James and Lake streets from 6pm to 9pm on August 9 and on August 11 the LF Performance Targa City Sprint from 9am to 1pm on Riverside Drive and Shannons Classics on the Park, showcasing cars from yesteryear, at Langley Park from 9.30am to 3pm.

Langley Park will also host a Celebration of Motorsport on Sunday, August 11, from 10am to 3pm.

The free event is supported by the City of Perth and more than 450 cars, bikes and boats have registered to attend.

There will be food vans and activities such as Motorcycling WA’s lessons for young riders, a radio rally remote car competition, jet boats, 60 years of Minis and children’s activities.

Event director Ross Tapper said tarmac rallying was the fastest growing and most exciting area of motorsport.

“The event program is every car-lover’s dream and there is so much happening around the competition,” Tapper said.

“From high-horsepower sideways rally action to historic cars on displays and everything in between, it’s great for the whole family.”

Visit www.targawest.com.au or www.facebook.com/targawest.