Targa Gateway July 27-29

July 12, 2018

As part of an informal runup to this year’s USRRC, as well as to fill an empty “Targa” slot in the SCCA’s 2018 schedule, the St. Louis Region is offering a regional Targa “prototype” weekend July 27–29 that includes three rookie-friendly road rallies, a Solo event, and a drag-race opportunity.

Dubbed Targa Gateway and chaired by veteran national Solo competitor and regional organizer James (Jim) Lynch, the weekend, Lynch says, is designed to encourage cross-pollination between the various disciplines of the SCCA, attract teams who enjoyed the SCCA’s recent Targa efforts, highlight the 2018 USRRC, and appeal to non-SCCA individuals who might be curious about the SCCA and interested in sampling the club’s activities.

“Also, we simply want to appeal to people who enjoy doing things with their car,” Lynch adds.

The concept of a Targa Gateway can be traced to this year’s SCCA convention in Las Vegas, Lynch explains. There, he said, the idea for a region-sponsored Targa event as a cross-discipline activity and an informal precursor to the 2018 USRRC grew out of conversations among himself; fellow Solo veteran and St. Louis assistant RE Jose Hernandez; SCCA Board of Directors member, Southern Illinois Region executive, and veteran club racer Chris Albin; RoadRally Board chairman Jim Crittenden; and after the convention, SCCA director of Experiential Programs Heyward Wagner. All were intrigued by the idea, Lynch says. When he and Hernandez proposed the weekend to the St. Louis Region Board of Directors, it heartily approved the idea, Lynch adds.

“We selected July 27–29 because we already have a region Solo scheduled at Gateway Motorsports Park July 29, which provides a venue for one of the elements for Targa Gateway,” he explains. “Gateway also has bracket racing scheduled for Saturday evening, July 28, which in lieu of a track component for Targa Gateway, will offer a fun excursion into drag racing. If all goes well, Gateway will create a special bracket class for our Targa competitors.”

For two-thirds of the road-rally portion of the weekend, Lynch says he and his committee are planning a brace of low-key Monte-Carlo-style touring events, one on Friday evening, July 27, and the second on Saturday, July 28. Sunday morning’s Solo portion of the weekend will offer Targa participants a “Solo Enduro X,” he says, a three-lap crack at the region’s autocross course before regular Solo competition begins.

“The last element on the schedule will be a GTA rally, ‘The Hunt for the USRRC Red October.’ It’s a traditional Sunday afternoon gimmick rally whose theme is based loosely on Tom Clancy’s novel,” Lynch notes.

“We hope our efforts encourage other regions to consider similar events,” he adds. “For ourselves, the goal is fun and friendship.”

For more information about Targa Gateway, contact Jim Lynch. Information also is available at motorsportreg.com.

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