Targa West – the Classic action


As we continue to catch up, we take a look at Ashley Westwood photos for the Quit Targa West.  Here we take a look at the classic categories…


The Quit Targa West is one of Australia’s premiere tarmac rallies that is run over 30 special stages in Perth and the surrounding regions.

Twelve months after watching their wives stand on the podium, Simon Gunson and Jurgen Lunsmann had their moment of glory at the 2014 Quit Targa West as winners of the Competition Classic category.  Driving in a 1971 Ford Capri Perana V8, the pair had a trouble-free rally taking the lead in the first stage at Whiteman Park on Thursday and were never headed.


They went into the final day of the rally with a comfortable enough lead to enjoy the last few stages and put on a show for the thousands of spectators who turned up at Malaga and the city.  The pair joined forces three years ago when Gunson bought the 1971 Perana but were hindered by mechanical problems in their first two Targa Wests together.  But it all came together this year.


“How good is this? We are just wrapped to be standing up here.” Gunson said. “We had a few issues throughout the rally but we have the best service team and they kept us going for the four days. At one stage last year we thought we were going to be sharing the podium with the girls but it was not to be. But it was a case of third time lucky this year and we are going to really enjoy it.”


Gunson and Lunsmann finished ahead of last year’s winners Mark Dobson and Greg Butcher who had to nurse their Triumph TR 7 V8 through the rally after damaging the gearbox on the first day ad losing first gear. Simon and Susannah Lingford, driving a 1973 Datsun 240Z, again showed they are one of the best combinations in the category adding a third place to their second last year.


Peter Ward and Michael Stevens took out the inaugural Rookie Rallye Classic category in a 1978 Porsche 911.

Classic results

16 GUNSON – LUNSMANN 1971 Ford Capri Perana Replica EC 01:56:40 1 00:00
80 DOBSON – BUTCHER 1975 Triumph TR7 V8 LC 02:01:22 2 04:42
78 LINGFORD – LINGFORD 1973 Datsun 240Z LC 02:03:54 3 07:14
2 LAKE – LAKE 1973 Datsun 240Z LC 02:04:59 4 08:19
8 WIESE – COCKRAM 1976 Holden Torana LX LC 02:05:33 5 08:53
5 ROMYN – WILKINSON 1977 Holden Torana A9X LC 02:07:21 6 10:41
60 PERNECHELE – TRAGER 1970 Ford XY Falcon EC 02:11:31 7 14:51
31 LINE – KING 1974 Porsche 911 RS LC 02:11:42 8 15:02
65 STEWART – ZANOTTI 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 EC 02:13:56 9 17:16


Challenge category – classic results

61c BUYS – AKSAMIJA 1977 Porsche 911 LC 02:17:57 1 00:00
1c THOMPSON – THOMPSON 1977 Porsche 911 RS LC 02:18:35 2 00:38
49c EYER – BENN 1981 Triumph TR8 RS LC 02:22:10 3 04:13
25c BARTLETT – HELM 1974 Ford Escort Mk1 EC 02:36:47 4 18:50
55c PACKER – PACKER 1955 Jaguar XK 140 EC 02:40:55 5 22:58
14c FISHER – FISHER 1967 Triumph TR4a EC (-6) 02:38:31 6 00:00



Photos by Ashley Westwood,  August 2014

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