31st January 2013 Newsletter
New Charity Announcement
During our ten year relationship with Cure Kids, the Targa community has raised over $500,000 for this very worthy cause, but the time has now come for us to share our generosity with a new cause. We are proud to announce that Kids in Cars are the new charity of Targa New Zealand. Nigel Karl and his fellow trustees have been providing disadvantaged children the opportunity to get up close and personal with some wonderful cars and help them to enjoy life in sometimes very trying circumstances. The Targa extended family have offered assistance with ride days over recent years and a number of Targa people will already be familiar with the good work they do, so we thought the fit was right for us to help raise their profile and support this wonderful cause. We encourage you to support them throughout the year and suggest you visit their website www.kic.org.nz to get a feel for the good work they do.
The Kids in Cars team will be onsite at all our events providing entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, from bouncy castles to promo rides in their very special cars. We will be bringing you lots of updates and ways to help out during the year as we help raise funds to continue their endeavour's.
Targa Rally Sprint 2nd March
We are just over one month away from the first Targa Rally Sprint and things are coming together nicely. This is the perfect way to get a taste of Targa for those new to the events as well as a great way to test your vehicle setup or take sponsors, friends or family for a ride as you will have multiple runs over the same 10 kilometre special stage. This does not form part of the annual Targa Series and is a Club sport Permitted event, therefore you can have multiple co-drivers and non-licence holding passengers just need to sign an indemnity form on the day. The route book is created, the road closure approval is well under way and we have enough entries to confirm the event will go ahead. I mention this because of the number of recent events that have been cancelled due to lack of entrants. There is still plenty of room for anyone wanting to join us as we can cater for a maximum of 80 entries within the time frame we have allocated and provide the number of stage runs we anticipate. So come and join us for a great day of fun and commaradery. If you are unable to compete there is always a need for volunteers and officials to keep things running smoothly so if you can help out please let Rachel know by responding to this email or calling her at the office on 09 2988322. More information is available on our website www.targa.co.nz
Targa Rotorua 10th-12th May
We have plotted the event and the road closure applications have been applied for. This year the event will be in May instead of June so please make sure you have the dates in your calendar. By moving the event forward by a month it gives us more daylight hours to take advantage of, which has been a problem in the past. We have a few new activities around the event this year to keep things interesting for the service crews as well as the officials, which we are sure will be enjoyed by all and add to the commaradery. More information on this will be related closer to the event once we have locked in the timelines and obtained the road closures. I can tell you this now there is plenty of stage mileage on some familiar roads with a few new roads thrown in to keep things interesting. Make sure you are entered early to take advantage of the pricing structures available, again information and how to enter are online at www.targa.co.nz
Targa NZ 30th October-3rd November
Now that we have the route sorted for Targa Rotorua our focus is on plotting this event. With the condensed format this year, we are trying to pick the best of the best roads to use. The plan is to create an event that reduces the time away from your normal working environment while retaining the enjoyment of driving some of the best roads New Zealand, and in fact the world, has to offer. We intend to do the documentation on Wednesday evening and then start Thursday morning from Auckland, heading south with nightly stopovers at New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Havelock North and finishing in Taupo on Sunday afternoon with prize giving dinner that evening. The intention is to finish early enough so those wishing to travel home on Sunday evening can still do so. More information will be announced once the route is finalized. Again we encourage your support for this event and use our sponsor products whenever possible. The ever increasing bureaucracy around road closure Signage and safety planning, has increased the associated costs of running motorsport events significantly and the financial support we get from our sponsors help to subsidies these costs. Without their support the full event cost would be reflected in the entry fees, so on that note make sure you take advantage of the current pricing structure and get your entries in early.
That’s all for now, bring on 2013.
Peter and the Targa Team.
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