Menzies Rally CQ driver Wayne Menzies and co-driver Chris Baxter along with their support team have entered this year’s Targa Tasmania in a Mitshubishi Evo9.
Menzies Rally CQ driver Wayne Menzies and co-driver Chris Baxter along with their support team have entered this year’s Targa Tasmania in a Mitshubishi Evo9. Allan Reinikka

Menzies tackles Tassie Targa tarmac car rally

IT'S been a goal of Rockhampton's Wayne Menzies for 10 years to take to Tasmania's tarmac and this week he's finally been living the dream.

Speeding around Tasmania, Wayne and co-driver and navigator Chris Baxter have, for the first time, entered the Targa Tasmania, Australia's biggest tarmac rally in the country with more than 300 entries this year.

Co-owner of Menzies Auto and Towing, Wayne said he and his team of 12 were very excited about racing in the six-day event.

"I started out kart racing when I was about 14 or 15 and it's basically just progressed from there.

"You'd think I would've grown out of it by now," Wayne said.

"It's just the love of motor sport and the competition is very strong, the thrill of gravel and tarmac, they've both got their good points.

"But I don't think there have been very many people from Rocky that have ever competed in this; we might even be the first."

John Stewart and Ron Cowie have prepared their Mitsubishi Evo9 with the help of local businesses sponsorship including Ray White North Side's David Bell, Menzies Towing Service, Century Batteries, Caltex, Baxters Real Estate, Repco, Wurth and Newsome's Tyre and Mechanic.

In the race, a modern class which is at the elite level of competition, Wayne said he would be happy to get through the whole event and just have a good time.

"We'll see how it goes down there this time but we've had a lot of interest from entering it," he said.