2018 UK Targa/Road Rallying Thread

2018 UK Targa/Road Rallying Thread

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RacingPete

8,020 posts

142 months

Thursday 1st November 2018
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Unfortunately (or fortunately) due to a new baby daughter born today I am not making the rally of the tests this year. Shame as first year our MGB is eligible for the overall win and I really want to win this one.

Good luck all on it! See you next year.

dionbee93

188 posts

27 months

Friday 23rd November 2018
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Not sure how I've only just noticed this thread but I guess I'm a little late to the party seeing as there's only 1 month left of the year!

I'm out on the 'one and only' Preston next week, JJ Brown Memorial (North Wales) the weekend after and the annual 'Stuff the turkey' autotest to finish off the Motorsport year.

Some very interesting reads on here - I did the Border 200 as well and I do recall the Suzuki Alto taking a 'breather' in the hedge. Made me chuckle reading that the owner was on here, too!

What are everyone else's Motorsport plans for December?

Dion

Wingo

135 posts

109 months

Friday 23rd November 2018
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No targas left for us now. Already looking forward to next year. Some dates have already been announced. Another new targa in Yorkshire, De lacy MC are running a Targa 1st September next year.

Junior will probably swap seats and have a go in the drivers seat next year, maybe on the wearside in September, but not using 8 cylinders. Not sure If I'm going to navigate or he is going to get one of his mates in. None of his mates have ever done a Targa in their life though and maybe he will need some driving tipsshoutteacherblabla I can imagine the response to such "helpful" advice now...........leave me alone I know what I'm doing

An Autotest for us this Sunday and probably another in December.

I looked at the autosolos at Donnington but haven't done anything more than look at the regs.

Wingo.

sundayjumper

519 posts

220 months

Saturday 24th November 2018
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I’ve not contributed to this thread before as I’ve only just come across it, having done my first Targa last week at Rushmoor. Absolutely brilliant fun biggrin

I have an E36 316i Compact, and I’m just about to swap in a 318ti engine for a bit more oomph.

I’m in Berkshire, not far from Rushmoor in fact, and my club is FDMC. Which events are essentials for next year ? Bramley in March is “our” next Targa.


l354uge

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1,521 posts

59 months

Sunday 25th November 2018
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sundayjumper said:
I’ve not contributed to this thread before as I’ve only just come across it, having done my first Targa last week at Rushmoor. Absolutely brilliant fun biggrin

I have an E36 316i Compact, and I’m just about to swap in a 318ti engine for a bit more oomph.

I’m in Berkshire, not far from Rushmoor in fact, and my club is FDMC. Which events are essentials for next year ? Bramley in March is “our” next Targa.

Bramley is a great event, unsure we'll have the snow like we did this year though! I think that will be our next event too.
You're not too far away from the targas run by chelmsford motorclub, also a trip down the M4 from a few near Bristol, such as the Washingpool targa.
Theres also a few at Kemble airfield in the Cotswolds run by Bath motor club.

You're alot closer to the targa action than I am in Coventry thats for sure!
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l354uge

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1,521 posts

59 months

Sunday 25th November 2018
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Forgot to mention our last targa of the year, the bonfire targa at Wethersfield Airfield. Run like clockwork, as usual for Chelmsford MC.
My first event as an "Expert", so any expectations to win a pot were already gone!

We struggled on some of the more open stretches (only 58hp in our wagon) but the more technical sections were fantastic, especially the tests around the narrower storage facility section. So ended up with a big difference in test classifications (40+ in the open tests, 23+ in the technical ones) to end up 5th in class, but another great day rallying and the car was faultless again thumbup

Also finally got an oppo shot!


PaulV

201 posts

164 months

Sunday 25th November 2018
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sundayjumper said:
I’ve not contributed to this thread before as I’ve only just come across it, having done my first Targa last week at Rushmoor. Absolutely brilliant fun biggrin

I have an E36 316i Compact, and I’m just about to swap in a 318ti engine for a bit more oomph.

I’m in Berkshire, not far from Rushmoor in fact, and my club is FDMC. Which events are essentials for next year ? Bramley in March is “our” next Targa.

Rushmoor was my first driving Targa, was great fun although I was taking it a bit steady as I was in the Wife's car.
26th and 4th in class NB was way above my expectations.

FDMC do run good events. Friday is their 20/20 navigation rally, I hope to do better this year.





nickc59

15 posts

14 months

Monday 26th November 2018
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Regulations are now available for the 2019 Festival Targa Rally organised by Bath Motor Club on Saturday 2nd March.

Following last year’s success we have maintained an element of the route in darkness, taken away the rougher parts and finished a bit earlier. We have maintained around 36 miles of tests and given you the opportunity to re-group and re-fuel on two occasions. The event is a round of the ASWMC and CMSG Targa Championships of which competitors must enter in the National B class to be eligible for points.

Again we will supply you a road book and a coloured marked map showing you all information. As we are running some of the event in the dark we do put more emphasis on passage and route checks rather than cone manoeuvres. It is fairer on you and the marshals.
Hope you can join us, bring your lights and sense of humour.

http://www.bathmotorclub.co.uk/festival/

nickc59

15 posts

14 months

Monday 26th November 2018
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ASWMC Targa Championship 2019

Here is the calendar of 10 Events (7 to count) for 2019

Sat 2nd March - Festival Targa - Bath MC
Sat 30th March - Ilfracombe Targa - North Devon MC
Sat 13th April - Somerset Seeker - Burnham on Sea MC
Sun 12th May - Kemble Targa - Bath MC
Sun 11th August - Hatsford Targa - Ross & District MSC
Sat 24th August - Weston Super Targa - WSM MC
Sun 22nd September - Devizes Targa - Devizes MC
Sat 26th October - Exmoor Targa - Tavern MC
Sat or Sun 9th or 10th November - Bustard Targa - S&SCC
Sat 30th November - Ilfracombe Mini Targa - North Devon MC

captainpugwash

82 posts

42 months

Tuesday 27th November 2018
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Anyone know of any cars for sale in the South West? Friend is looking & has cash waiting!

K50 DEL

7,926 posts

166 months

Tuesday 27th November 2018
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Disappointed to see that there's no Washingpool in 2019, apparently the site is now lost forever to a caravan park :-(

Last weekend saw me out on the Barbara Carter Road Rally - the first time I've competed on the BC since 2005 and my first overnight road rally in quite some time.
I was sat with a first-time driver and, although we didn't set the timesheets alight we finished the event and had a great time doing it.

Not sure when my next time out is... maybe the Primrose 2019.

28hodge

21 posts

14 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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Hi, looking for some advice.

I have a 71 classic mini and we have been using it this year for hrcr clubman evens, we have done the ilkley jubilee tour of Cheshire and then the Devils own rally which starts and finishes about 2 miles from my house.

We've enjoyed it but would like some more events to do so have been looking at targas as an option. My only concern is how rough they are in comparison to the historic events, that said Devils was rough and the car was fine.

I want to use the mini but I don't want to completely trash is, it is set up for road rallying (cage, Barnes, seats, sump guard all lines run inside etc) but obviously ground clearance and suspension etc are limiting factors.

I am fully onboard with looking to buy another car, thinking a 205/106 and my brother has just bought a 1985 mr2 so he can do both targas and historics.

If anyone did the Devils and also does targas and can offer any advice that would be great help, the mini was fine on the Devils though it did deck out plenty of times got a puncture and in truth I think if I was doing that with it every time I went out with it then it would start needing a lot of work to keep it running/reliable.

Any thoughts welcome, should point out being competitive isn't the ultimate aim, as I know the mini isn't likely to be

velocemitch

2,557 posts

158 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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I’d suggest that most of the Targas you would be doing in the North of England would be less rough, or perhaps on a par with the Devils.
If you like Test based Historic and Targa have a look at the NESCRO series, whilst HRCR events are heavily biased on regularity, NESCRO are much more biased towards the Tests.

Having a cheap modern to take the pressure of the Mini wouldn’t be a bad option.

I noticed you mentioned an MR2, wasn’t Simon Mellings Car by any chance? I know he selling it, looks like a great option for Historic and Targa.

Wingo

135 posts

109 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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There are a good few classic minis out on the NESCRO rounds. We use a TR7, the events rarely get rough and attract a good many classics. Its not unusual to see modern cars with no sumpguards competing. Some events major on old airfields or are on smooth surfaces. There can be the odd rough section on loose surface tests but that's a rarity.

Wingo

28hodge

21 posts

14 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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Ok I'll have a look at the NESCRO calendar and have a go at one. As always as much as I'd like a more modern car to do the targas, space begins to become an issue, me and my brother are busy looking for a small unit to rent. His mr2 isn't simon mellings, it's one he found on eBay way down south and had couriered to us. It's been off the road dry stored for 15 years.

I love the hrcr classics as they are a big day out driving around, I'm not sure I'd get as much enjoyment from a single venue type targa, one with some decent transport road sections would be good.

velocemitch

2,557 posts

158 months

Monday 3rd December 2018
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Have a look at the Berwick Classic, it’s probably the best of the series, runs on the May bank holiday weekend

Norfolkandchance

1,425 posts

137 months

Sunday 9th December 2018
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Is there a single set of rules for targa cars? I can't find anything specific in the 2018 blue book. But I know that I have competed in targas a car that would not count as a road rally car (over 1.4 litre engine, for starters). So is it up to individual organising clubs?

velocemitch

2,557 posts

158 months

Sunday 9th December 2018
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Generally speaking as far as the rules are concerned a Targa is a road rally, so all the rules apply. There is no rule in road Rallying which excludes cars over 1.4. You may be thinking of forced induction, which is only allowed up to 1.5.

Some events, but not many, do add restrictions on the cars, sometimes a half cage and harnesses are required and many restrict Tyres.

velocemitch

2,557 posts

158 months

Sunday 9th December 2018
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Not seen it mentioned but arguably the toughest road rally in the country is going on this weekend.
LeJog, organised by HERO, 71 Historics working there way the hard way from Lands End to John o groats.
Just got back from Marshalling in Yoirkshire, just 38 Cars made it through our control at the end the ‘ Emmerdale’ white, about 8 seen to miss it by a few hundred yards, one I believe stuck in a Field having slotted hundred yards too early. Three or four came in wrong direction too.
It’s an event that certainly separates the men from boys!.

YorkshirePudding

2,066 posts

123 months

Monday 10th December 2018
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40 cars came through Storiths, so some must have got back on route.