Targa Tasmania Tarmac Rally Event

Targa Tasmania is one of the most famous tarmac rally events in the world. It is a six day tarmac rally event held on some of Australia’s best driving roads. You can participate in Targa Tasmania in the Lotus Tour or competitive classes – we take care of everything for you to make it easy.

Targa tour or competition entry for any level of experience

Targa Tasmania is one of the world’s most unique driving enthusiast events. This tarmac rally runs for six days covering thousands of km’s driving a diverse mix of roads and terrain.

If you are interested in trying a Targa Rally for the first time we make it really easy for you by running an exclusive tour for Lotus owners. You drive on the same closed roads as the competition cars but in a controlled speed with our tour leader.

For those interested in the competitive classes, we provide support for TSD, GT Sports Trophy and open GT2  classes. We can help with your vehicle build through to roadside rally support.

Summary

"Have done this event about a dozen times over the last 29 years, this is definitely the best & most fun, & enjoyable way to do any Targa event.

All the staff at Lotus are just sensational

The restaurants & hotels were really great; social interaction with the ‘Service Boys’ a real highlight. The Lotus Targa Tour is the best way by far to do Targa, would never consider doing it any other way.

All the SSC staff become your friends"

Geoff and Ruth

Winning pedigree

We have helped numerous crews achieve amazing results at Targa rally events in all classes. A Lotus is considered one of the best cars to use at Targa and has won TSD, GT Sports Trophy and GT2 classes in recent years.

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“Thank you so so much to Mark and Gemma and everyone else on the Lotus tour for one of the best experiences of my life.

It was an honour and a privilege racing for team lotus and thanks to Nadine the best navigator for soldiering on all week.

Looking forward to our next Targa”

"Thanks for a superbly run event. One of the best I’ve been involved with. To all the entrants on the Tour, it has been an absolute pleasure. I hope to see you all again sometime soon"

TARGA TASMANIA RALLY EVENT DETAILS

DATES

2022 – March 8-13
2023 – March 7-12
2024 – March 5-10
2025 – March 4-9
2026 – March 3-8
2027 – March 2-7

WHAT MAKES THIS EVENT UNIQUE?

  • World famous 6 day tarmac rally event
  • Amazing closed roads
  • Roadside support during the Rally
  • Logistics & accomodation managed for you
  • Group dinner functions
  • Drive together with other Lotus enthusiasts

LOCATIONS

Tasmania, Australia.

Multiple locations around Tasmania with overnight accomodation & travel from Melbourne via car ferry.

WHAT IS REQUIRED?

Lotus Tour – For those doing the Lotus Tour you basically need a road registered vehicle, CAMS license, a few safety items & a sense of adventure – it is that simple.

Targa Competition – there are different requirements for each class & we can help step you through the requirements.

EVENT COST​

Lotus Tour from $9,900 INC GST

TSD, GT Sports Trophy & GT2 pricing will vary depending on the requirements.

HOW DOES TARGA RALLY RUN?

  • We meet together in Melbourne to get ready for departure to Tasmania via the car ferry.
  • In Tasmania he help sort out event registration & pre-event checks.
  • The rally begins the six days with overnight stopes in selected locations.
  • There is a group dinner each night and lunch provided during the day.
  • Your luggage is transferred between the three hotel accomodation locations during the event.
  • When the event is finished we travel north to get the ferry back to Melbourne.

ITINERARY

Targa is the largest tarmac rally in the world with 6 days on spectacular Tasmanian roads. You get to drive on the same roads as the competition classes with support the Simply Sports Cars team who have been going to Targa for many years. The Targa Tour is the best way to have a spirited drive on some of the best roads in the world.

A typical itinerary looks like;

Day 1 | Depart Melbourne – Night sail on Spirit of Tasmania

Day 2 | Doc and Scrutiny – Welcome Party – Overnight in Launceston

Day 3 | Rally – Overnight in Launceston

Day 4 | Rally – Overnight in Launceston

Day 4 | Rally – Overnight in Launceston

Day 5 | Rally – Overnight in Cradle Mountain

Day 6 | Rally – Overnight in Hobart

Day 7 | Rally – Official Finish – Lotus dinner (Overnight in Hobart)

Day 8 | Drive and lunch – Depart Devonport Sunday night on Spirit of Tasmania

ELIGIBILITY

Each entry is for 2 people consisting of Driver & Co-driver. Both must have a minimum of a Level 2 non-speed event CAMS licence, available online.

Not required for the Tour Class: Driving suits, helmets, special apparel, roll cages, and slick tyres.

Generally speaking, a road registered vehicle can participate.

All vehicles must have:

  1. First aid kit

  2. An oil spill kit -1kg of kitty litter will suffice

  3. 2 x Safety triangles

  4. Working OBD port to use the Rally Safe Unit

INCLUSIONS

– Event entry covering the Driver & Co-Driver

– An exclusive group of Lotus sports car owners driving together at Targa Tasmania 2018.

– The Lotus Tour group will be lead by a Lotus Tour Drive Leader.

– Lotus Tour Manager.

– Simply Sports Cars crew to assist with your logistics and driving during the event.

– Return travel on the Spirit of Tasmania – twin share private cabin and vehicle space.

– Entry ticket to the official ‘Welcome Party’ for Driver & Co-Driver

– Luggage transfers organised by your Lotus Tour Manager

– 7 nights accomodation, twin share, including breakfast.

– Lunch on each full day of rally competition for Driver & Co-Driver.

– 6 dinners including the Celebration dinner with the Lotus competition drivers on Saturday 21st.

– Sunday leisurely drive from Hobart to Devonport with the Lotus driving group.

– Dedicated tour guides and competitor briefings

– Lotus Tour Drive Leader will drive all the stages with you & aid if needed.

– Road books for all stages and touring stages.

– Targa Tasmania Competitor Lanyards and official ‘Invitation to compete’

– Participation of each stage of the event

– Competitor briefings

– A set of Targa Tasmania number plates and vehicle stickers

– Targa Tasmania finishers Medallion for Driver & Co-Driver (upon completion of the event)

– A detailed itinerary and daily update information sheets to accompany your road notes. This will include destination addresses for car nav systems, fuel service plan and a complete contact list for all fellow tour competitors.

BOOKING ENQUIRIES OR QUESTIONS

VIDEOS FROM TARGA RALLY EVENTS

Targa driver interviews Targa Tasmania

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Driver interviews from other Targa Tours

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How to go from Tour to Competition

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The sounds of targa

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“What an amazing week with an amazing group of people! Thank you to everyone at Lotus for an incredibly well organised and fun event (except for scaring the pants off Kristie)

...we feel very grateful to have been apart of this experience with all of you guys…

thanks Gemma, Mark, Richard and all of the support crew and other staff for a memorable Targa. Take care everyone and looking forward to seeing all of you at the next Lotus driving event”

“Thank you Lotus so much for the most amazing, wonderful experience. Gemma and Mark and the whole Lotus team made us feel so welcome and truly special. ”

TARGA TASMANIA LOTUS TOUR BOOKINGS

Lotus Exige doing the Targa Tarmac Rally Tour at Targa Tasmania TT Lotus

Doing the Lotus Tour at Targa Tasmania is one of the easiest ways to experience this event. Everything is taken care of for you & you don’t need a roll cage, helmet or any experience – just come along and drive on amazing closed roads with other enthusiasts.

TARGA TASMANIA RALLY RACING COMPETITION ENTRY

Lotus Cars Australia helping people compete in Targa Tarmac Rally Racing in Australia

If you are interested in trying the competitive rally racing classes at Targa Tasmania we can help you. Our team can get you & your care prepared for TSD, GT Sports Trophy and GT / Outright classes. Our team can do everything from vehicle modifications to event management so you can compete in Targa.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TARGA RALLY EVENTS

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Lotus at Targa Tasmania Tarmac Rally 2021
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Lotus Exige on the podium at Targa Rally Adelaide 2021

REVIEWS ABOUT OUR TARGA TARMAC RALLY EVENTS

“Hi all. Just wanted to say what an awesome time I had over the weekend. Great to meet so many nice people and hear all your stories. The SSC team were simply amazing and made the whole experience even better knowing they are there to help with everything. The dinners and accommodation were perfect. And lastly to Justin. Mate I had a ball. Not once was I worried about your driving or speed and you did a amazing job. I have caught the bug and will be back whenever you want me. As I said, it is the most fun you can have with your pants on.”
– Lucas

“What can I say that hasn’t already been said …. thanks to Richard, Lee and all the guys from SSC for the hard work. The catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, awesome roads in great cars. A special shoutout to the flat mates in K2-05 and lastly to Graham and Margarita for their company and generosity in sharing the car with me. To living the Lotus Lifestyle.”
– Leigh

“Bit disappointed to find my windscreen still covered in (cheap) champagne this morning. For that reason I can only give the SSC team 11 out of 10 for the weekend. Brilliant, brilliant holiday. Thanks everyone for being part of it. See you next year!”
– Mike

“And do you know Lee and the boys also fix spectacles as well as Lotus’ ? Mine broke on the Jamieson stage, we pull into the SSC van beside the road in a panic and within 30 secs they have my specs fixed and we are back in the rally !!”
– Giles

“i would love to thank everyone for their ongoing appreciatiation and smiles. Its my first targa since first listening to my old man rave about it all in a bmw team, then watching several crews go out without me since working for ssc. But ive had an absolute blast watching everyone come in to my stations with massive smiles and minimal problems. Its almost a holiday for me so thank you to everyone for being the people and the community you are that makes weeks likes this beyond imagination for the lil mechanic apprentices like myself. I dont have enough appreciation cookies to go round but thank you and congradulations to the lotus family. This community is truely a dream come true and we’re gonna all keep going till we’re at the top.”
– Alastair

“…thanks a million again for such an awesome weekend. Giles (Dad) sends his best from the drivers seat!!”
– Ashton

“Many thanks to the SSC team for another incredible THC event. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful company, we look forward to doing it all again next year.”
– Mel & Gino

“Thanks all, especially my mate and driving instructor, Honkie. Margarita and I had a great time with great people”
– Graham

“Great few days. Great company. Great support. Your more than welcome back Lucas. And as a driver I can’t put it too lightly how much we rely on the Nav. Awesome job from my Nav, Scott. Hats off to the Navs.”
– Mark

“I think I will sleep well tonight after such a top weekend.”
– Giles

“It’s been a great weekend. Look forward to next time.”
– Vicky

“I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun, every one was awesome!”
– Gemma

“Vicky and i thoroughly enjoyed the Tour but even more, everyone’s friendship and company. Looking forward to next year.”
– Eddie

“Thank you SSC crew, fantastic experience with amazing people!”
– Chris and Sonia

“Thanks to all in the Lotus family. It’s not just the driving, although that was fantastic . The boys at SSC are a class act. Cheerfulness and professionalism never flag. We are lucky to have such a solid support team.”
– Hartley

“From Maria and I, Overwhelmed at how awesome the Lotus community is. Massive thanks to our friends at SSC, will miss you all until next time, be safe.”
– Carl & Maria

“…just a quick note to say it was such a pleasure to drive with so many spirited Lotus owners. A real privilege to be amongst you all, very pleased we have returned with straight cars and some extra ballast.”
– Brett

“Congrats to the Lotus Cars team. This is the sort of activation and involvement from which much larger brands could and should take inspiration. Fantastic opportunity for owners to enjoy their cars and use them as they are meant to be…”
– Mike

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TARGA RALLYS

Targa Australia events are tarmac road rallies that use closed public roads for each stage. In between each stage all participants drive on public roads to reach the next starting point. Some dirt or debris may be on the road in some sections depending on local conditions.

Yes, we bring our Mechanic & Engineering Crew to the rally and have them placed at strategic locations to provide assistance as required. The team are also available at the end of each day at the overnight stops.

Targa Australia allow spectators at specific locations on the rally during the event. It may be difficult to reach those locations depending on the timing of road closures.

Using a navigator is a requirement to enter. For the Lotus Tour the driver and navigator can share the driving. The Tour doesn’t require any experience when it comes to navigating and we provide a Tour lead car that everyone follows so that you don’t get lost.

In competition classes a navigator is a crucial element to how well the team performs. For TSD they will be calculating time, speed and distance calculations. In GT Sports Trophy or GT2 they will be calling pace notes which are critical for safety and speed.

No experience is necessary to do a Targa Rally. We would recommend all first timers to participate in the Lotus Tour for your first rally so that you get a feel for how it all works. Then you can progress to TSD or GT Sports Trophy. Many people do the Tour multiple times as they enjoy it so much.

The safety requirements for Targa rally events will very depending on which class you are participating in.

We would suggest contacting your Insurance Provider and checking the details of your policy. Some providers may provide coverage for a single event.

No, unfortunately it isn’t, but we organise our stops to ensure you don’t run out of fuel. Our service crew will carry fuel for emergency situations.

In the Tour you can wear casual clothing as long as your legs and arms are covered. For competition classes there are different requirements and typically you need a helmet & race suit which we can easily help you source.