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Mark Sugg ready to hit the track in his 1938 Ford pick-up at the Auto One Targa Albany Sprint

Albany is set to roar to life this long weekend as the Auto One Targa Albany Sprint draws motoring enthusiasts from across WA to the south coast.

Kicking off the weekend’s action are the Auto One Targa Quaranup Rallysprint and Quaranup Speed Event on Sunday.

Drivers will compete over a challenging 2.5km course to the historic Camp Quaranup.

On Monday, the Auto One Targa Albany Sprint will take competitors along a picturesque 3km hillside road course.

Drivers will be given the green light from Hybla Tavern in Middleton Beach, with about 100 classic and modern cars racing to the finish line atop Mt Adelaide.

Mark Sugg says kids love sitting in his 1938 Ford pick-up and pretend to drive.
Camera IconMark Sugg says kids love sitting in his 1938 Ford pick-up and pretend to drive. Credit: Kellie Balaam

COVID-19 restrictions will limit the number of spectators at the Middleton Beach spectator and service park area.

Face masks are required.

There will be no spectator accessible areas at Sunday’s Quaranup event.

Avid Albany racer Mark Sugg will join the action in his eye-catching and surprisingly fast 1938 Ford pick-up.

Mr Sugg said he was ready for a great weekend “tearing up the tracks”.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the people again and all of the cars racing,” he said.

“There will be a few cars you don’t normally see.”

Mark Sugg with his 1938 Ford pick-up, says he’s ready to tear up the tracks.
Camera IconMark Sugg with his 1938 Ford pick-up, says he’s ready to tear up the tracks. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Mr Sugg has been racing his beloved Ford for six years after building it “with a few bits and pieces” he found lying around.

It tends to become the centre of attention when he rolls it out in public.

“The kids really love the old ute,” he said.

“The little blokes come and sit in the seat and pretend they’re driving.”

With about 100 entries in each event, Mr Sugg said a highlight for him was seeing the eclectic line-up of vehicles, especially the “old era stuff”.

“Not as old as my car — you don’t see too many of them out there, but I’d like to see some more,” he said.

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