Targa West

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Winner of both the 2005 and 2006 events, Ross Dunkerton in the 2006 rally

Targa West is a rally event held in and around Perth, Western Australia. The event takes its name from the Targa Florio, a former motoring event held on the island of Sicily, as well as more recent Australian events including Targa Tasmania, now defunct East Coast Targa, Targa New Zealand and Classic Adelaide.

The inaugural event was held in 2005 and won by Ross Dunkerton. Dunkerton also won the 2006 event which ran for four days from 7 September 2006 in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.


After the official start at Forrest Place in central Perth, special stages were held in John Forrest National Park, Gidgegannup, Araluen, Muchea, Chittering, Bindoon and Toodyay.

76 teams entered in one of two classes: Challenge (cars without roll cages) and Competition.

The 2006 event was marred by the death of champion driver Peter Brock who lost control of the car and smashed into a tree in the second stage of the event near Gidgegannup 40 km (25 mi) north-east of Perth[1] [2] at 11.50am[3] on 8 September 2006. Brock and co-driver Mick Hone were in a 2001 Daytona Sportscar. Hone was taken to hospital and made a recovery.

Daytona Coupe that, Peter Brock died in (shown driven in Targa Tasmania)


  1. ^ "Australian Motor Racing Legend Dies in Targa West". Confederation of Australian Motorsport. 8 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Racing legend Brock killed in car crash". ABC News. 8 September 2006. 
  3. ^ "Peter Brock killed in crash". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 September 2006. 

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