Targa team plan attack
MINDI Devine is set to be the youngest of 260 navigators as she guides her father Pat around corners galore during Targa Tasmania.
The father-and-daughter team will drive a blue 1962 Morris Mini in a tarmac rally regarded as one of the best in the world.
Each team has a driver and navigator who must also have a licence and 17-year-old Mindi has a licence.
The aim is to earn Targa plates which are awarded to teams which finish the rally inside a class time nominated by organisers.
There are 40 competitive sections, 640 kilometres in total, in a rally of 2500km.
Pat estimates they will need to reach speeds of 160km/h in certain areas to stay on the pace needed to secure Targa plates.
“There are stages through towns where you don’t have to push to reach the set times,” Pat said.
Navigator Mindi and her mother Robyn have been working hard on the pace notes with support from Liz Hawthorne, navigator for her husband Graham on four Targa Tasmania rallies.
Mindi is not worried about the speed required.
“I trust Daddy, I am his little princess,” she said.
“I have already apologised in case I navigate wrong.”
The Devines have dubbed their team, Miniholics, and leave today by road.
Pat first raced a car on the dirt at Morgan Park 30 years ago, later contested the nationals in mud racing at Darwin before becoming involved in street sprints and hill climbs eight years ago.
He is a regular at the Leyburn Sprints and is grateful for the support he has received from good mate Bruce Bunch, who also has a Mini for sprints, and auto electrician Jamie Walters as he has built a car for Targa in the past three years.
Some parts for the Targa Mini have been imported from the United Kingdom.
Some may think Pat is heading south with the same blue Mini he uses on the sprint circuit but he has built a second one for Tasmania which reaches 8000 revs, a figure which surprised Warwick club of Rotary Sunrise members when the Miniholics team turned up for breakfast this week.
“We are taking a spare motor and gearbox from the other Mini to Tasmania with us.”
Mindi has a dream to also compete in Targa Canada but that idea is the furthest from her father’s mind at this time.