Targa - For flying Kiwis

At Trade Me we love seeing Kiwis fly, and the excitement always escalates for the Trade Me Motors team when it’s petrol-assisted flying! Trade Me Motors is stoked to stand behind our buddy (and Trade Me alumnus) Mike 'MOD' O'Donnell as one of his team's official sponsors for Targa.

Targa NZ is a fun filled road race event that sees some seriously cool public roads closed off for the stages. Competitors get to put the pedal to the metal without the usual speed restrictions, and because the roads are closed they get to use every inch of tarmac available.

There’s something for everyone at Targa. Those competing collect points over each leg to determine the series champion - there are usually three events a year which can last up to five days. Competitors need to attend all events to be crowned the winner.

It all requires considerable time and dedication from the drivers and their teams (which usually consist of at minimum, a co-driver & mechanic), plus all the kit - spare parts, tools and gas.


If competing isn’t your thing but you want to give your car a squirt in a safe environment, you can enter the Targa Tour following an experienced tour leader through the same route as the competitors. You can enter anything you want as long as it’s road registered. No car? You can lease one, a great option for those wanting to get a feel for the rally before committing or a great way to test out some vehicles if you’re not sure what to buy.

The first of three Targa events in 2017, Targa Rotorua is done and dusted! MOD's team was sporting a new ride, a Honda Civic EK9 Type R, pocket rocket, and came in second overall in the 2L modern 2WD class, not too shabby for a 1600! All four wheels stayed on and the car never missed a beat.

The weather turned it on for the Rotorua event, Sam Meikle, one of Trade Me’s mobile whizzes went along and helped crew the stages. We hear he was an excellent 2nd Spanner, porridge maker and team mate. Sam had a blast and rocked back into Trade Me HQ sporting a massive smile.  

This year Rotorua saw a great turn out with 56 cars entered to compete in the 2-day event, and 27 cars in the Targa Tour. It was pretty cool to hear that virtually every driver MOD spoke to had bought their car off Trade Me Motors.


Next up is Targa Hawke's Bay on May 20/21, if you’re in the area and haven’t been to watch a Targa event before, pack a picnic and head along. But beware you might just catch the bug too!