Targa Tasmania car visits Able Australia Launceston

SPECIAL SEAT: Peter "Golly" Roberts shows the interior of his 1992 Nissan Skyline to Harald Tanner from Able Australia's Young Adult Program. Picture: Paul Scambler
SPECIAL SEAT: Peter "Golly" Roberts shows the interior of his 1992 Nissan Skyline to Harald Tanner from Able Australia's Young Adult Program. Picture: Paul Scambler

Harald Tanner has primarily spoken of two subjects since joining Able Australia’s Young Adult Program last year – sports cars and Doctor Who.

While he has plans to build his own Tardis, the 22-year-old had the opportunity to explore his other passion further on Friday as a 2018 Targa Tasmania car visited Able Australia’s Launceston office.

There was no hiding the delight on the young motorsport fan’s face as he sat in the 1992 Nissan Skyline alongside its owner Peter “Golly” Roberts.

“It’s a very beautiful car,” he said.

“I think these are some of the best looking cars in the world.”

It was Mr Tanner’s enthusiasm for Targa Tasmania which led to one of its fleet appearing at the facility.

A conversation with carer Angus Kidd about the event prompted a call to the veteran Targa driver, who was more than happy to drop in.

Fresh from competing in his 22nd Targa Tasmania, Mr Roberts said Friday was about tending to the community aspect of the race.

“People like Harald obviously love watching Targa, and I think it is great to be able to do things like this,” he said.

“The enthusiasm here shows what an important event Targa Tasmania is for the state.”

Mr Kidd said the simple act of contacting a friend was all it took to provide lasting memories.

“I’ve run into Peter a few times round the traps, so he just came to mind after talking with Harald about Targa,” he said.

“It’s really good for one of the guys in the program to be able to experience something they are interested in.

“We always try and arrange different activities within the program as well.”

Able Australia’s Young Adult Program caters to people aged 14-30 with a disability.

Participants have previously performed in an integrated dance project and hosted a cocktail reception as part of the Community Kitchen initiative.

Able Australia national marketing manager Chandi Piefke said the program’s carers and participants shared a desire to get out and about.

“They are an inspirational bunch and Angus is always on the lookout for new and innovative activities to engage the group,” she said.