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Old 04-18-2014, 12:14 PM
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So...as an Aussie who's into motorsport, it's natural to be totally into the Targa Tasmania. Why? Imagine some of the best driving roads in the world being assaulted for a week every year by some amazing machinery...

http://www.targa.com.au/tc/

This race was perhaps made famous by Eric Bana in recent years in this movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmkpsQmsRpI

Anyway....the wife and I decided that we had to finally get down to Tasmania. I plotted a route that would cover as many of the 2013 Targa stages as possible, while still enjoying everything Tasmania could offer (in one week, at least)...

I write this as we sit in Hobart. Now. I've driven the Stelvio Pass. I've driven the Nurburgring. I've driven most of the South Island of New Zealand. And I have to say, I've never been anywhere where you can string so many kilometres of amazing road together. Imagine literally being able to drive for hours on amazing twisty roads.

With no other traffic.

We originally planned to take the 964, but a leak at the oil cooler took the wind out of those sails. But we have, to be serious, a perfect option in the garage right next to the Porsche....a 2009 JCW.

She's perfectly setup for it...KW V1's, camber plates, thicker RSB, control arms, recaro seats. It's got decent tires and an aggressive alignment setup (for the street).

Anyway....here goes...

Day 1 - Canberra to Melbourne & The "Spirit of Tasmania"

We started with a seven hour boring highway drive to Melbourne. We hopped on the Spirit of Tasmania for the ten hour ride...lucky we had a cabin and could sleep...

On the way to Melbourne...at Holbrook

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It was once a Greek cruise-ship....

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:23 PM
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Day 2 - Devonport Ship terminal to Cradle Mountain

This day only covered one stage - Hellyer Gorge. This one is famous for a few crashes. Not a single car on the gorge except us. Bloody brilliant!

Here's some mates of mine running Hellyer Gorge in the same model JCW last year...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2fh6ijVA0M

After Hellyer we lobbed into 'Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge' for two nights. Spent the middle day bush-walking. Covered about 16km of walking out to the mountain. Lovely...

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Saw some cool wild animals...(and some in a local reserve)

Wombat:

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Tassie devil:

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:34 PM
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Day Three - Back on the Road - The longest day

This was the big one. We planned to do as many of the west coast stages as possible and then dash back across to Launceston. A fairly epic drive - dawn to dusk.

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For those of you looking at the stage maps We took in these stages...

https://goo.gl/maps/ta9U2

Stages:
Mt Black
Plimsol
Rosebury
Strahan
Queenstown - Gormanston
Cethana
Mt Roland
Mole Creek

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HOLY MOLY. Not a word of a lie - there would be several hundred km of twist after turn after crest after twist and so on. An no other traffic. Perfect driving surface. Perfect cambers. Beautiful scenery. It was absolutely amazing...

Here's a few of the stages we did are covered here in Day 4 and 5:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvIEctBEeFE

Here's a guy from the local porsche forum running the Queenstown-Gormanston leg. Queenstown looks like this from copper mining...but all of the roads are a lot like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zMG1TnBfw8

Sorry..didn't take many photos on this day...so much amazing driving!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:53 PM
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Day Four - East Coast and more amazing stages

This day we left from Launceston due East, covering several more stages. This was a great day and we finished the day off with the famous 'Sideling' and 'Elephant Pass'. Perhaps my driving needs some attention because I made the wife vomit near the end....oops...

We covered these stages:

https://goo.gl/maps/ZzeCW

The Sideling
Legerwood
Moorina
Welborough
Pyengana
Elephant Pass

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Here's some videos of the stage:
(From 2:25 you can see what 'The Sideling' is like) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p97U__c_P5I
(My MINI mates again on the Sideling) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exgOFu-AzuA

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We also visited Freycinet and saw Wineglass Bay after a short bush-walk.

Bec got close to some of the locals:

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Day Five - Port Arthur

Not as much Targa driving for day five. Though we did visit somewhere amazing. Port Arthur.

This place is seared into the Australian pysche for all the wrong reasons.

It was one of the first penal colonies (in this massive Penal Colony of Australia) and has a rich history of hard-labour and misery. It was basically a timber mill run by convicts. http://www.portarthur.org.au/

But more recently, it was the site of one of the biggest mass murders in the world.

On 28 April 1996, Martin Bryan Killed 35 people and injured an additional 23 in a shooting rampage that ended in a siege the following day.

The Wikipedia entry makes for chilling reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Ar...28Australia%29

This event resulted in the banning of fully-automatic weapons in Australia...

One thing I didn't mention was that on the boat over from Melbourne, there were a few hot-rods. Turns out, there's a large Hot-Rod gathering here in Tassie and a few of them were at Port Arthur today.

When we arrived at our hotel tonight, there were quite a few of them at a local pub. We spoke to a few and are heading out to the hot-rod show tomorrow!

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This is right next to our hotel...

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very frigging cool man!! totally jealous!! would loooove to drive that!

on the hot rod note, saw a show about the American Hot Rod guys down under! very big and very dedicated to the cause!

looks like it was a blast, thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for taking us " along " on your wonderful trip . One of the nicest things about this forum is the sharing of experiences amongst the members .

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very frigging cool man!! totally jealous!! would loooove to drive that!

on the hot rod note, saw a show about the American Hot Rod guys down under! very big and very dedicated to the cause!

looks like it was a blast, thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for taking us " along " on your wonderful trip . One of the nicest things about this forum is the sharing of experiences amongst the members .

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Thanks guys. Wasn't sure how much interest there was...

Here's some of the street-rod turn-out in Hobart:

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V12 with a blower!

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man, Rat Rod with a blown V12! very nice and that COE was unreal! the friggin chrome lol! know some people that would give their left nut for that one! thanks again man!
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Nice rods and nice write up.
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Some world lass rods at that show. That big Chevy truck was amazing
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Yeah. I really liked that truck.

These guys made me realise that the car modding/engineering scene I've been around is child's play compared to what they get up to. There's some serious skills and expertise in these cars!

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