Hoonivercinema: What it's like to participate in a Targa Trophy Rally in a Audi R8

You’ve got your mid-level supercar, you want to feel the camaraderie of traveling with others on the open road. You’ve imagined doing road rallies because of all the cool and crazy things you have heard and want to feel like Burt Reynolds in The Cannonball Run. Reality sometimes sets in you just can’t afford to do the major cross country rallies and the inevitable outcome that follows with many legal issues and ticket problems. When my friend Chad approached me to participate in the Targa Trophy LA to Vegas Sports Car Festival in his 2008 Audi R8 4.2 6-Speed manual, I drew deeply on the goodness of my heart and agreed to aid in such an arduous undertaking. Joking aside, blasting through the desert in a mid-engined German missile was a blast, but in the end is it all fun and games?

Inevitably you are going to run into those who think they are Lewis Hamilton qualifying at Spa. It’s to be expected with and event of this nature, but not everyone’s intent on doing 90 in a 35. Over the course of this video I briefly discuss the origins of road rallies, the R8 in general and my favorite thing about it and the typical drivers on these types of rallies.
Click the video below to see what happened:
[Special Thanks to Pure Motorsports in San Diego, CA for funding our entry fee. Source: YouTube]

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  1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

    That shift into 6th broke my brain for a second. Been driving 5 speeds too long, so I was thinking “why is he going into reverse at high speed!?”

    1. Jason Connor Avatar

      It’s a car I just found myself shifting because it felt so good to and the sound of a gated shifter is simply amazing.

      1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

        clink! clink!

  2. Mark Perry Avatar
    Mark Perry

    Hi Jason, Click onto http://www.targa.com.au and you will see a real Targa event, Targa Tasmania where the roads are closed and you can go as fast as you like with nothing coming the other way and definitely no speeding tickets. It is the Isle of Man TT for cars. Plenty of German Missiles too, competing against Italian ones and the almighty Nissan GTR. Only in Australia would you ever get away with it. Check it out. Cheers Mark Perry- Event Director

  3. Mark Perry Avatar
    Mark Perry

    https://youtu.be/MvwssyLyPAs Check this video out of a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale in action from Targa Tasmania 2010. Scary stuff.

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