The aim is to create a unique motoring spectacle of older cars being driven and displayed across the event as we travel over some of the most iconic sealed roads New Zealand has to offer.
This is not a speed event, but rather an exercise in precise driving and time-keeping to maintain a set average speed through all closed stages, (with the safety of knowing that all participants have staggered start times, drive in the same direction, on the same road, with nothing coming towards them!).
Entries are Open!
Entries are now open for Targa NZ 2023, and we encourage you to take advantage of the special entry fee options now available.
This entry fee covers all essentials including timing, tracking, medical and health & safety as for all Targa Competition and Targa Tour participants.
Travel & accommodation expenses are in addition to your entry fee.
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 1 May 2023)
Click on those items in bold below to download useful attachments
- What do I need to participate in the Time Trial?
- What car can I participate in?
Any eligible road legal car (30+ years old).
- What licence do I need?
All crew members (driver & co-driver/navigator) must have an AASA General Speed License and hold current NZ civil driver licences or overseas equivalent. (Non-driving navigators who don’t hold a current full NZ driver licence may only enter at the discretion of the Organising Committee). Click here for the AASA link.
- Do I need a Service Crew?
Service crew are not necessary for this event, but are permitted to support entrants if you so wish. All such crew must be registered with Targa prior to the event.
- What about accommodation during the event?
All Targa competitors, including those entering the Time Trial are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation during the event.
- How much does it cost to enter the Time Trial?
- How do I enter?
Click on the green ENTER TARGA HERE button top right of the Targa website, or click here. Select ‘Targa NZ’ or ‘Targa NZ Regional’, then select ‘Time Trial’.
- What about travel across Cook Strait with my car?
Click here for the link.
- What are Supplementary Regulations? (Supp Regs)
These are essentially the “Game Rules” for the event, and are available here:
- What’s the difference between a Special Stage and a Touring Stage?
The Time Trial competitors are timed on the same closed road “Special Stages” as all other Targa competitors. There are touring sections on public roads “Touring Stages,” (between each of the closed road Special Stages), so all vehicles must be road legal for use on New Zealand public roads. Touring Stages are not timed, but you do need to report on time for the next Special Stage. Refer to #14 below: “Time Card”.
- What is the Road Book?
Targa NZ uses a comprehensive Road Book with “Tulip Diagrams” to provide directions for all Touring and Special stages. No prior reconnaissance of the route is allowed Touring stage “Direction” column is unshaded, while Special Stage “Direction” column is shaded. Refer to Road Book Example, Road Book Symbols and Road Book Tulips below:
- What is RallySafe?
RallySafe Instruction Manual + Training Video: Click here
13. How do I check my time and average speed during a Special Stage?
Click here for a tutorial called ‘Time Trialling’ by Alise Inger
This brilliant tutorial produced by Alise Inger is essential viewing for all Drivers and co-Drivers. (Alise and her father Russell Yates have won the last two Targa 5 day time trials in 2019 & 2021, so these hot tips are the best advice from proven winners).
Mobile phone apps available for download, to assist the Co-Driver/Navigator check time and average speed during Special Stages.
14. How do I complete my Time Card?
For further information or assistance contact Alise Inger (Targa Time Trial Co-ordinator):
Email: [email protected] or Phone: 0272 261 266
For assistance completing Targa forms, please contact Targa NZ via:
Email: [email protected] or Phone: 09 298 8322.