Race fans sprint to Targa

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Co-owner of GT Fabrication Bunbury, Andrew Carrick gears up for a big weekend of rally car racing for the annual Bunbury Targa Sprint.
Camera IconCo-owner of GT Fabrication Bunbury, Andrew Carrick gears up for a big weekend of rally car racing for the annual Bunbury Targa Sprint. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

GT Fabrication co-owner Andrew Carrick and his 1975 Ford Escort are all geared up and ready to go for the Bunbury Targa Sprint this weekend.

More than 120 rally cars are set to race around the streets of Halifax and Mr Carrick said organisers received more applicants than they had bargained for.

“It’s a spectator friendly event and Saturday night in town will feature the show and shine for people to come along and have a look,” Mr Carrick said.

“It’s a very popular event and we’ve actually over subscribed, so we didn’t have enough positions for the amount of people that wanted to enter, which is a good thing. We had over 130 entries.”

Mr Carrick said participants had come from as far as Albany.

“This year we have two entrants that are coming all the way from Albany with Escorts.”

Mr Carrick said he had been racing for only the past few years with his son’s passion for motorsport proving to be the driving influence.

“I’ve owned the car for 21 years but have only recently been racing in the sprint with my son Alex, who is now 18,” he said.

“Sunday morning we get out here and get racing and they shut down the streets of Halifax and we all have a crack and see how fast we can go.”

The event is free and the team at GT Fabrication and Targa encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a jam-packed weekend of action.

This high octane event gets under way on Saturday night with the Shannons show and shine on Victoria Street before racing starts on Sunday.

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