UPDATE: 25th May 2022


For many years Targa West have been at the forefront of safety innovations in tarmac rallying and have implemented many safety measures that have now been adopted by other events. 

Recently due to another tragedy at Targa Tasmania, Motorsport Australia announce it will be pausing all tarmac rallies in Australia.  There has been no indication of when, if at all, the pause will be lifted and worryingly Motorsport Australia have provided no indication of how long their investigation is expected to take leaving all events in limbo.

We are actively exploring other options however given the tight timeline we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 Make Smoking History Targa South West.  We are hoping to be able to run the event later in the year.

Thank you to all our Sponsors, Competitors, Officials and especially the communities of Pemberton, Manjimup and Northcliffe for your support over the past 15+ years…we will be back!

Ross, Jan & David
Targa West Pty Ltd


The Shire of Manjimup once again welcomes the Make Smoking History Targa South West to the Southern Forests region of Western Australia. The 2022 event will be held on TBA and will compete on closed road special stages in and around Pemberton and Northcliffe.

A Tarmac Rally is a unique form of motorsport where Tarmac Rally Cars compete on roads closed for competition. Cars start at 30 second intervals and race against the clock with the winner being the car that is fastest over all stages. Cars are grouped into classes and there are categories for outright Competition, Targa 165, Targa 130 and of course the non timed Targa Tour.

There is a wide variety of cars competing including Classics like Ford Escorts and Mustangs, Toranas and Commodores to more modern turbocharged Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru WRXs and Nissan GTRs and even a range of Electric Vehicles including the Tesla Roadster.  And what event would be complete without an exotic Porsche or two?

Targa South West is a unique Motorsport event that brings all the action to you.  Unlike traditional motorsport, where you have to go to a race track to watch, competitors in the Make Smoking History Targa South west come to Pemberton and Northcliffe to compete on the roads in and around the towns.

The Make Smoking History Targa South West is a SMOKE FREE EVENT.

Links and information will be updated closer to the event

2022 Targa South West OVERVIEW MAP


Commencing with a pre-event shakedown on Friday afternoon, the actual competitive side of the event on Saturday sees competitors will travel almost 250km in total which includes 120km of flat out competition on 15 closed road Special Stages that each range in distance from 2.90km to 15.48km and travel through the spectacular Southern Forests areas in and around Pemberton and Northcliffe and concludes on the iconic Pemberton town stage.

(per car i.e. include BOTH Driver & Co-Driver):

  • $1450 for Rookie Rallye*
  • $1500 Targa Tour
  • $1500 Electric Targa Tour
  • $2380 Targa 130 Category
  • $2380 Targa 165 Category
  • $2380 Competition Category
  • Optional: Friday Shakedown – $100

* Rookie Rallye is for drivers who have not previously entered Targa South West or Targa West or similar tarmac rally events.

All entry fees are per car (i.e. includes BOTH Driver and Co-Driver) are inclusive of:

  • Competition start in all the Event’s Special Stages, all Categories
  • Set of all Official Maps and/or Road Book route instructions
  • One Service Vehicle and up to eight Service Crew Registrations
  • Two door panels with car numbers, rally signage and any additional event sponsor decals as issued
  • RallySafe vehicle tracking system
    Note: mounting kit must be purchased separately
  • 2 x Lanyards/name tags for the Driver and Co-Driver
  • Motorsport Australia Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance for all crew members. See Appendix I of the CAMS Manual of Motor Sport
  • 2 x Presentation Dinner Tickets

The Make Smoking History Targa South West is a multi-club Tarmac Rally as defined by the Motorsport Australia.

The event is open to Drivers and Co-Drivers who hold a minimum of a Motorsport Australia Speed licence (Targa 130 & Tour Categories) or a Rally (Targa 165 or Competition Categories). All cars must meet minimum safety standards, be registered, or hold an Over 48 Hour RALLY Permit, and whilst a ‘roll cage’ and ‘harnesses’ and driving suits are mandatory for Targa 165 and the Competition Categories they are optional, albeit very strongly recommended in both Targa 130 and Tour.

Note: Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) are now MANDATORY for all categories (except Tour).

On the Official Noticeboard page is further information including the Supplementary Regulations.  We encourage any  prospective competitors to get in touch with us if you have any queries.

Entry is limited to only 60 cars, so don’t delay get your Entry Form completed online now.

Overview Map of the 2021 Make Smoking History Targa South West stages:

2021 Targa South West OVERVIEW MAP


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