Across the years, Targa Tasmania has become an internationally renowned event and its 17th running has again attracted competitors from around the world to compete from April 15 -20.

Entries have been received from the USA, United Kingdom, Japan and Hong Kong.

Mark Stedfut will be making his way to the Apple Isle from his current home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to compete in the five-day rally for the third time.

“Targa Tasmania is a truly unique event,” the Regional Director for Operations of Manpower said. “The competition itself is great and Tasmania truly has some of the best driving roads in the world.”

“Targa Tasmania is just amazing, the roads, the scenery and most importantly, the people who stand out in the cold to wave hello. The local support is what makes this a great event.”

The five-day rally brings millions of dollars into the state, with local support for the event proving popular with international entrants.

“The one memory that I always share with people occurred in my first Targa. While driving along the main road we saw two ladies, beautifully dressed in full evening gowns, with a dining table and candelabra set-up on the side of the road, enjoying a pleasant lunch whilst waving at the cars as they passed. They had obviously brought everything down from the house just to watch the competitors pass by! That level of dedication and support made us feel very special and welcome.”

The success of Targa has seen Stedfut compete two times previously in the Modern section, but this year he will be tackling the Classics with his 1972 Datsun 240Z.

“We spent 12 months rebuilding the car, which had spent 15 years in a parts garage.”

“We're not going to be up at the pointy end of the field, but we will have fun and enjoy the event in our own way.”

Entries for the competition close on March 18, with record numbers anticipated for the ultimate tarmac rally.

The 17th edition of Targa Tasmania starts in Launceston on April 15 and finishes five days later, at Wrest Point in Hobart, on April 20.

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