Over 220 kilometres of some of the best tarmac rally roads in Australia will greet competitors in the inaugural Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide next month.

Starting and finishing in the South Australian capital, the event, a new rally based on the format of the now-defunct Classic Adelaide, will run from September 14-17, taking in the brilliant roads in the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley.

RallySport Magazine last week had the opportunity to drive over some of the Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide stages, behind the wheel of an impressive Audi A6.

Popular stages such as Norton Summit, Gorge Road and Mt Lofty will be used in next month’s event, and should once again provide some of the most exciting tarmac rallying this country has to offer.

Traditionally, this event has been run in November, but soaring temperatures have usually meant that competitors, and the blistering tarmac roads, have suffered in the heat. This year, a mid-September date has been chosen, which should make things all the more comfortable for everyone involved.

That could mean that rain is a distinct possibility, but that shouldn’t worry too many of the classic cars in the field.

With stages ranging from 3.5km to 20km in length, Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide will provide a bit of everything.  

Spectators will be well catered for as Australia’s best classic tarmac rally cars do battle over the four days of competition, but for many, the lure of the South Australia’s wineries will be a big factor in attracting them to the event.

With 200 cellar doors within an hour of the City of Churches, many will be extending their trip to South Australia to enjoy the country’s most famous wine region. Coupled with world-class restaurants and cafes, there’ll be a lot more than rallying to keep them occupied.

Our trip to South Australia included lunch at the beautiful Coriole Winery at McLaren Vale, where Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide competitors Jeremy Browne (1966 Mini Cooper S) Michael Lamprell (1964 Ford Mustang), Richard Smith (1954 Jaguar XK120) and Kevin Weeks (1974 Porsche 911 RS) told of their aspirations for this year’s event.

All agreed that Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide, under the umbrella of Octagon’s organisation, will be a fitting first round to the Australian Targa Championship. To be followed by Targa High Country (November), Targa Wrest Point (January) and Targa Tasmania (April), Classic Targa Adelaide will set the scene for what promises to be a thrilling championship battle.

Further information on Superloc Classic Targa Adelaide can be found at the event website, or for travel information to the event, contact Tourism South Australia.

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