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Targa Finishes a Day Early for Georgia Racing and Trinity Chiropractic

Monday, November 04, 2013

Targa Tui GirlAfter an encouraging second day in the Targa with Jim and Rhonda familiar now with the processes and routines required before and after each special stage (racing) and on the tours between stages, hopes were held for continuing improvement on day 3, which was scheduled to run from overnight stop at Palmerston North, through 6 more special stages and on to Havelock North.  Jim was scheduled to drive the first half day as before with Rhonda navigating and then roles reversed for the afternoon.  Read more

Targa Rally Day 2

Saturday, November 02, 2013

What a difference a day makes!   Day One of the Targa for newbies Jim and Rhonda was tough going.  Learning the processes (including putting helmets and neck braces and audio links on and off in the confines of a roll cage was tense work yesterday.  Today it was almost second nature.  Gear on before line up for start of special stage and then getting it off again as soon as possible after end of stage – it’s really hot under those helmets.  The suits are cool (in fact and to look at) despite the 3 layers of fire resistant material. Read more

Day Two of the Targa Photos

Friday, November 01, 2013
Robbie and Rhonda servicing car at Hawera Read more

Day One and No Crash

Friday, November 01, 2013

Day One of the Targa was a huge learning curve for Jim and Rhonda.  This event is not for the faint-hearted.  The 7 special stages were incredibly demanding with very few straight roads and when there was one breaking from 180 kph plus to take a sharp right hand corner at the end was a matter of fine judgment.  Cars started 30 seconds apart on those stages.  The intended relaxing tour between and service breaks proved to be anything but.  As a result of a delay on the second stage with a school bus found returning after the road had been closed, the organisers had to condense the rest of the day.  Lunch was restricted to 10 minutes and an arrival time at New Plymouth of nearly 7 p.m. after an early start meant early to bed.  Heavy rain on the last leg was also challenging. Read more