The City of Albany on the Amazing South Coast of Western Australia will roar to life on Monday, 2nd March 2020 as 100 classic and modern cars race the clock at the Targa Albany Sprint hill climb challenge.
The 2.8-kilometre road course from Hybla Tavern at Middleton Beach up the hillside challenges drivers with corners, four chicanes and could be guilty of distracting them with some of The Great Southern’s most stunning backdrops.
The Targa Albany Sprint will consist of a single run over one stage, traversed five times giving a total competitive distance of approximately 14 kilometres.
Similar to a Rallysprint, but only for drivers without co-drivers, and run under the auspices of Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS), the winner of the Targa Albany Sprint is the fastest run from the bottom of the hill to the top, as opposed to the fastest accumulated time.
Targa Albany Sprint attracts all kinds of cars including a 1938 Ford Pickup, 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Coupe, 1963 Studebaker Lark, 1971 BMW, 1973 Chevrolet CanAm, 1976 Datsun 260Z, 1978 Leyland Mini, 1981 Holden Commodore, 2008 Dodge Viper, 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo, 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance electric car, as well as a large array of models from Holden, Ford, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda and more.
Targa Albany Sprint event director Ross Tapper said Targa Events was excited to take over the running of the event after Racewars ran the inaugural event last year.
“We have a great mixture of Targa, Racewars and local Albany cars, from old to new that will make it a fun and exciting day of hill climb racing,” Mr Tapper said.
“And there couldn’t be a better location for the event than Middleton Beach and the iconic view from Mt Adelaide.
“We limit entry to 100 discerning cars and it’s totally free for spectators. It’s a competitor favourite and great for spectators who want more action during the March long weekend.
“There will be plenty to see for everyone, including cars on display and the Shannons Super Rig.”
The pit area is free and open for spectators to mingle with the competitors and get up close and personal with the cars and crews. There are a number of fantastic locations to watch the rally action including the fast uphill straight along Marine Drive, accessible from the Boardwalk.
Racing is set to start at 9am and finish at 3pm. Check www.targaalbanysprint.com.au/spectators/ for details.
Competitors are racing for title honours and glory with trophies awarded to the top three and category winners at the Hybla after the event. Everyone’s welcome.
Photos: Ash Westwood
Targa Albany Sprint
- Monday 2nd March 2020, 9am – 4pm
- Hill climb sprint, 2.8km course run five times
- 100 classic and modern cars
- Held in Albany on the Amazing South Coast, WA