‘Thrilling and exciting’ rally coming

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The “thrilling” Targa Rally is coming to Dunedin next week.

Rally spokesman Gordon Legge, of Auckland, said the “thrilling and exciting” rally was in its 24th year.

Racing starts in Invercargill on Tuesday and travels through Dunedin before finishing in Queenstown and Central Otago on Saturday.

The cars will arrive in Dunedin late on Wednesday and will race around the Dunedin area the following day before heading inland on Friday.

The rally, which takes place on tarmac, was last in the South in 2014 and has three race categories.

The first is a competition grade for race-prepared competition rally cars, mostly driven by seasoned race car drivers.

The tour car category is available to unmodified road-registered performance cars, which travel along the same route as the competition category vehicles.

For the first time in Targa’s history, a vintage car category has been included.

There will be 600km of special stages and 1400km of touring stages and many will be spectator-friendly. Nearly 200 cars had been entered and there would be an entourage of about 1000 people.

“They all have to eat and drink .it brings a lot of money into the region.”