Last few days to order 15th annual Targa Newfoundland license plates


15th Annual Targa License Plates

Reminder that license plate orders will be sent off early next week. If you are interested in purchasing a plate – or ten – please let the office know within the next few days.

$10 for local pickup, $15 if need to be mailed out. Maximum of four characters on the plate (example shown). Can be all numbers, all letters or a mixture of both.

These are vanity plates only, not meant to be used for legal purposes. Only legal during the Targa event and only by registered competitors of Targa.

Email or call 1-877-332-2413 to place your order!


Communication giant Shaw Direct joins Targa Newfoundland as a major sponsor for 2016

Communication giant Shaw Direct joins Targa Newfoundland as a major sponsor for 2016

ST. JOHN’S (July 20, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland’s 15th annual event is quickly approaching, creating excitement for all involved in the tarmac rally. Shaw Direct, a leading provider of digital satellite television in Canada, has decided to become involved in its first Targa, with the potential to open up new markets for its digital satellite TV service.

Shaw Direct offers its 900,000+ customers a huge choice of programming, with more than 500 channels and continuously adding more content.  They offer top-of-the-line Motorola satellite receivers that offer 225 channels in high definition and provide access to Instant Pay-Per-View movies and events, as well as their Video On Demand system with adaptive streaming.

Ron Snow, Territory Development Manager for Atlantic Canada, is looking forward to the event and the potential to increase the Shaw Direct brand.

“As the Business Development Manager for Atlantic Canada, and a native of Newfoundland & Labrador, Shaw Direct and I are more than pleased to be involved in this prestigious event,” says Ron.  “We are looking forward to seeing the event unfold in the many beautiful communities scheduled to take part this year and meeting some new potential customers for Shaw Direct.”

Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, is very happy to have another new, national sponsor come on board for 2016.

“Having Shaw Direct join the Targa family of sponsors is a proud moment for the event,” states Robert.  “Having another successful national company decide to support Targa and use the event to help promote itself in new ways, continues to show the business world that Targa is a very valuable marketing tool and shouldn’t be overlooked.  We are very excited to have Shaw Direct on board for 2016.”

For more information on Shaw Direct programming and services, potential customers can call 1-888-554-7827 for more details or check out

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2016 competition will start in St. John’s on September 12th and concludes back in the capital on September 16th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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15th annual Targa Newfoundland license plates available for purchase!

Targa Newfoundland is once again making Targa license plates available to the public to purchase. This year’s collector’s edition is a limited one year only production. Newly added for the 15th year is a new colour scheme of black and gold, the new Targa logo and the new Targa slogan at the bottom of the plate. Plates can be ordered with a maximum of 4 characters, numbers and/or letters. All orders must be into the office by August 1st. Plates will arrive at the office in late August. Each plate will cost $10 for local pickup, $15 each if the plate needs to be mailed out. Please contact to order or call 1-877-332-2413. These plates are not to be used for legal purposes and are only legal during Targa for registered competitors.


Happy Canada Day!

July 1st to all Canadians represent the birth of our wonderful country. But, here in Newfoundland & Labrador, the date also means remembrance and respect given to those who sacrifice their lives for the Commonwealth. July 1st is Memorial Day here in the province. The first half of the day, a day of reflection for a generation of men lost on the battlefield on this day, in 1916. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that tragic event. The below is taken from The Rooms Facebook posting regarding the explanation of why today is such a day of mixed emotions for Newfoundlanders & Labradorians and how the caribou is held in such a high regard among the people of the province and the Regiment.

July 1st is a time for celebration for the people of Canada, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the day has a more somber meaning.

Memorial Day commemorates the participation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel, France.

On July 1, 1916, 801 members of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment fought in that battle and only 68 answered the roll call the next morning.

“We here in Newfoundland have felt the effects of the war… The dreadful reality of war has come to too many families throughout the land. And there are very few districts in the Island which are not mourning… sons lost on the field of battle. The war is an all absorbing topic, it is never absent from our thoughts. It is like some dreadful nightmare that we cannot shake off. Our prayers and desires are for a speedy end of the war, for an early peace, but for a peace at the same time, which will render impossible another such world calamity as that which we are suffering now.”

(Source: Edward Patrick Roche, 1918 – 107‑2‑6)

Shortly after the Great War, the Government of Newfoundland purchased the ground over which the 1st Newfoundland Regiment made its heroic advance on July 1. Much of the credit is due to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nangle. As Director of Graves Registration and Enquiry and Newfoundland’s representative on the Imperial War Graves Commission, he negotiated with some 250 French landowners for the purchase of the site. He had a leading part in planning and supervising the erection, at each of the five Newfoundland Memorials sites in Europe, of a statue of the noble caribou, the emblem of the Regiment, standing facing the former foe with head thrown high in defiance.

Lest we forget