Get Involved

Tarmac Events WA, formerly Targa West has been running events since 2005.

As our events and the sport of tarmac rallying and rallysprint continue to evolve, we encourage new competitors, officials, photographers & sponsors to get involved and become part of the tarmac rally family.


Become a competitor

We run events for competitors at all levels of skill and experience from beginner to experienced competitor chasing victory.

The place to start as a tarmac event competitor is at one of the events in the Shannons Rallysprint series.

To be a competitor in a Shannons Rallysprint series event, you need a co-driver, so if you know someone already competing, that’s great. If you don’t, consider finding a friend or family member who wants to share the journey with you.

You can run a standard car, as long as the brakes, tyres, seats, belts and general appearance are in good shape and have been checked for safety. Add in helmets and fire extinguishers and you’re ready to go.

If and when you get faster and more competitive, you will need to add in a cage, maybe just half a cage, full harness belts, and extra protection for the driver and co-driver like frontal head restraints, driving suits, gloves, boots etc. If you get too fast, we will tell you that you need this extra safety equipment.

The next step is to compete in public road Rallysprints like Bunbury and Albany.

You can still use a standard car, but you should now start thinking about adding the extra safety equipment. Keep your speed under control and drive safely and you can stay at this level for as long as you like. Or you can start thinking about entering Tarmac South West or Tarmac West.

Even at Tarmac South West or Tarmac West events you can use a standard car in a Time, Speed, Distance category and speed limited to 110kmh.

After that, the next step is to have a real tarmac rally car with a cage, full competition seats & harnesses, upgraded suspension, tyres and brakes.

The last thing you upgrade is the engine and then you start really learning to be a rally driver and telling us how powerful the engine you have.

From there, it’s about getting miles under your belt by competing in Rallysprints, Speed Events and getting rally driving lessons to improve the finer points of your driving. We have some of the best in the business in WA and we can put you in touch with them.

We haven’t yet seen a finisher in the 4-day Tarmac West without a grin from ear to ear, and it will be there for many days after the rally.

You might be reading this today as an aspiring competitor and with some preparation and hard work, that big grin could be plastered over your face in the not-too-distant future.

Become an official

OK, we all want to be a rally driver, but that isn’t always possible.

But if you enjoy driving, motorsport and being with a great bunch of like-minded people, the next best thing is to become a rally official. Many roles can be done with minimal training, while for others the best training is to join an experienced team of officials and learn as you go.

We always need road closure officials, spectator marshals, control officials (timing), service park officials, SOS vehicle tracking (radio) people, scrutineers and many other varied and interesting roles.

Many of our officials come to all our events, but there is no need to do so.

The Shannons Tarmac Rallysprints are on Thursday evenings, Tarmac South West, Bunbury & Albany are single, all-day events while Tarmac West goes for 4 days. Join us for just 1 day or half a day, you will be welcome whatever your commitments allow for.

And if you enjoy rallying, there is also the WA Rally Championship run on gravel roads that you can be part of if you’re interested.

Whatever your age, ability and experience level in tarmac events, we encourage you to take the first step by emailing admin@tarmacevents.com.au and introducing yourself.

Become an accredited photographer

Everyone is a photographer these days, but some like to take it up a notch and capture the close-up action shots that you’ll see around this website.

There is always a place at our events for experienced photographers who take safety seriously and are courteous towards our events staff. Photographers are approved per event and attendance is at the discretion of the event managers.

If you have a good portfolio of photos, understand the safety requirements of motorsport and tarmac rallies in particular, and agree to the AASA and Tarmac Events WA Disclaimers, you may be eligible to become an accredited Tarmac Events WA photographer and progress to the edge of the road.

Get the ball rolling by completing our online media accreditation form.

Tarmac events would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors who see the value of getting their brand in front of our loyal and enthusiastic audience.

If you would like to be part of the dynamic Tarmac Events by sponsoring an event or maybe all events, with either naming rights, stage naming rights or just a wish to support the sport of tarmac rallying in WA.

Sponsors are our favourite kinds of people, so make contact with us today and we will come and meet with you to work out the best option for you.

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