IN PERHAPS the most scenic stage yet, Targa took to the winding roads of Scottsdale's state forest yesterday.
Locals braved the cold canopy to witness precision driving along narrow roads and even tighter corners.
The roar of dozens of custom-designed vehicles from the past seven decades echoed from pine to pine, as spectators held their breath to see who and what would whip around the shaded corner of Corkey's Road next.
An incident-free day saw quality motor racing shine through, however.
The difficult stretch kept competition aplenty yesterday, while the sunshine provided perfect weather for young and old to pick their spot under the shade of a nearby tree.
The unique location made for a more difficult day for photographers and camera crews, who paced the dense forest eyeing the ideal position to catch a glimpse of the action.
That was the last thing on the minds of those in their camp chairs though.
The spaces between each driver offered an erie contrast between the sounds of nature and machines, unheard of in any stage this week.
However, those in attendance who waited on edge for a spin-out or crash were left disappointed, as drivers played it safe in the afternoon glare.
Despite this, competitors did their best to put on a show, acknowledging fans with the occasional drift, honk and salute.
Tomorrow's stage will take place at Mole Creek.