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Targa Bambina’s coming to a TV screen near you

11 July, 2015

By now you should all have read the report on this year’s Targa Bambina in the current edition of New Zealand Classic Car magazine — but now you’ve got a chance to check out all the action for yourself as Tales of Targa will be televised on TV3 on Sunday, July 12 at 2.15pm.

If you’ll be out classic racing or rallying on Sunday, don’t forget to set your PVR so you don’t miss the action. In fact, it’d be best to set your recorder to start at 2pm — then you can catch TV3’s coverage of this year’s Otago Classic Rally right before the start of Tales from Targa.  

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.