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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.  

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.

Class struggle

For a British car, it is huge; for those sitting inside, the bonnet seems to extend past the horizon. The front seats are very comfortable rather than body hugging. The dashboard and centre console cluster are beautifully laid out, reminiscent of a fighter plane cockpit, with acres of red leather all around. Its V8 burble is on show. It is not a car to sneak about in, and it gets attention wherever it goes.
The large back window, possibly the best-known feature of the Interceptor and one that sets it apart, has very good functionality, allowing greater access to the boot. It would not be an easy job to replace it, so Interceptor owners are careful about reversing and not hitting anything.