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Supaloc Targa Car Rally Adelaide

The Supaloc Targa Rally returns to Adelaide again in 2012, showcasing 150 cars worth more than $10m and putting on a lively world class spectacle for devoted rally fans.

The 2012-2013 CAMS Australian Targa championship comprises 4 rounds starting with Supaloc Targa Adelaide in August, with three more rounds following in Victoria and Tasmania. It comes hot on the heels of the recent Scouts SA rally held on July 27-29.

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The Lamborghini Gallardo Tests the Track @ Adelaide Showgrounds


While the Rally is primarily of interest to motorsport fans, there will be a much wider appeal for the opening event on August 22 - an exciting night stage held at at the Adelaide Showgrounds on a course optimised for spectator viewing.

The closing event will also be hugely popular - a street party on Gouger St with an opportunity to get up close to the rally cars.

InterContinental Adelaide Targa Night Stage

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Cars Displayed @ Adelaide Showgrounds


This year's rally event kick-starts with the InterContinental Adelaide Targa Night Stage and Targa Expo on Wednesday night August 22nd at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

Starting at 6pm, the field of 150 cars will do staged laps of a 1.5km course specifically designed to give spectators the best view of the cars. Each car will pass the grandstand area twice to give you the opportunity to see your favourite vehicles close up.

After the stage event has completed there will be a Targa Expo inside the Goyder Pavilion giving all the family a chance to get up close to the cars and drivers.

Entry will cost $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. Parking facilities will be available on Rose Tce.

The Main Event

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A Mustang Testing the Showgrounds Track


Each day the Targa cars will set out from Adelaide Showgrounds between 7.30 and 8.30, depending on scheduled road closure times. It should be a great photo opportunity - download the Spectator Guide to find out information on the daily courses and road closure times. At the end of the day the cars will return to the Showgrounds.

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The Supaloc Lamborghini Gallardo @ Adelaide Showgrounds


Obviously if you are NOT into rallying, you should avoid the locations below if possible because of traffic restrictions and congestion.

All the racing will take place in the Adelaide Hills, but the actual locations will change daily:
Thursday - Chain of Ponds/Gumeracha area
Friday - Mt Lofty/Stirling area
Saturday - Upper Sturt/Mt Barker area
Sunday - Basket Range/Clarendon area

The race finale will happen in the city with cars crossing the finish line in Gouger Street.

The Parade Targafest Street Party
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has announced that it will host the 2012 Supaloc Targa Adelaide Street Party on The Parade, Norwood, on Friday 24 August 2012.

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2011 Adelaide Street Party


From 6pm to 9pm motorsport lovers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with over 150 extraordinary cars, meet the drivers and to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, street performances, alfresco dining and a fun family atmosphere.

The Gouger Street Targa festival

The Gouger Street Targa festival on Sunday will enable families from all over Adelaide to participate in the street party and see the massed vehicle display.

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Cars on Display at Last Year's Street Party


Gouger St will be closed off between Victoria Sq and Morphett St from 12 till 4pm to showcase the exotic and classic cars lining the streets during the closing presentations.

The atmosphere will be electric as spectators await the winning cars, but all the family will be catered for with live music, roaming performers and childrens' entertainment.

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Cars on Gouger St


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Why? Rally car racing comes to the heart of Adelaide
When: Various times
Phone: 61 3 6221 8800
Website: targa.com.au
Where: Various locations around Adelaide. See the Spectator Guide
Cost: Free to watch
Your Comment
It's a pity the weather was so wet during the week!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10548) 1936 days ago
But the drivers got wet at the finish anyway :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10548) 1936 days ago
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