WE’RE REGULARLY SHIPPING CARS AROUND THE WORLD. OFTEN IT’S THE FAMILY CAR ACROSS TO NEW ZEALAND, AND SOMETIMES IS SOMETHING RARER LIKE A CLASSIC JAGUAR BEING SENT OFF TO THE UK. BUT SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT TO RACE, SO EARLIER THIS MONTH WE SHIPPED AN IMPREZA WRX OFF TO NEW ZEALAND IN PREPARATION FOR TARGA NZ.
Targa rallies are tarmac road racing events. They are set over a number of stages where you race the clock to get the best time of your competitors. The best known to most Australians is the Targa Tasmania, but in fact there is a whole series of them across Australia and the world, including New Zealand.
This year Targa New Zealand is happening between 26th and 31st of October. As a contestant, each day will be either racing the event or touring to the next event. Taking place over 5 legs, each day has up to 8 Special Stages that average around 25 kilometers each. Each stage racing the fast and technical New Zealand roads is challenging and you will rely heavily on the co-drivers and navigators, so be sure to bring someone you trust!
Competitors arrive in New Zealand for this race from all over the world. This year, we’ve already shipped Brisbane’s Elliot Kirk-Burnnand’s 1995 Subaru Impreza WRX RA. We securely packed this full-blown rally car in a shipping container and sent it across the Tasman to our team in New Zealand to clear through customs, ready for collection.
Elliot recently raced competitively in the Mt Cootha Classic, a one-day hillclimbing event in Brisbane. And Elliot is no stranger to the Targa NZ race, placing 2nd in his category co-driving with his cousin Steven Kirk-Burnnand in 2013.
Even if you’re not racing if you can still join the Targa Tour and travel the same closed-road stages as the competitors. You do need to ensure you have the correct licence requirements though, as well as being a member of a Motorsport Car Club, and also fulfill the licence requirements.