New dates and entry fees announced for the 2017 Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 20, 2016) – After a successful completion of the 15th annual Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally last week, Targa is already preparing for the 2017 competition. The new dates for the 2017 Targa are from September 14th to 22nd to distance the event from the Labour Day holiday. Entry fees for all four divisions will remain the same as 2016.

The course setters are completing the plan for the 2017 course with the continuing goal of reducing the number of rough roads that the event uses.   The rules committee will only make small adjustments to the rules between now and 2017 in a continuing effort to have rule stability.

Targa will also be replacing its aging timing gear for 2017, with a new yet to be chosen system.  A select group has also been set up to examine the feasibility of moving to zero base timing in the Open class of the Targa division for 2017.

As stated, Targa will begin a week later than normal in 2017, with the event running from Thursday, September 14th through Friday, September 22nd.  The 14th and 15th will be reserved for its very successful driving school, which teaches rookie competitors the unique challenges Newfoundland roads have to offer them.  This year the driving school will be made mandatory for all that have not competed in Targa Newfoundland.   The 16th will be the Registration/Tech Day where competitors officially register on site for the event and have their vehicles checked by Targa’s Tech team.  The Prologue, or practice stages, will be held on the 17th in and around St. John’s.  The Targa Newfoundland competition will officially begin on the 18th as the event head’s out towards the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas.  It will conclude back in St. John’s on the 22nd.

Entry fees will not change from the 2016 prices, nor will the early bird and other registration dates to obtain discounted prices change.  Early bird pricing is in effect until November 30th, so potential competitors who are fully prepared to enter should consider doing so in the near future to obtain the best price.  Targa also accommodates monthly payments for entry fees, which provides competitors financial stability as they prepare for the event over the coming months.  Further information on entry fees and pricing dates can be seen by visiting the Targa website and accessing the FAQ section.  Entry forms are accessible via the main website or by contacting the Targa office.

“We were able to pull in over 60 competitors in the 2016 competition, so we are setting a goal to have over 70 competitors in 2017,” expressed Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou when asked about his thoughts on the new dates and prices.  “We decided to move the competition back an additional week to accommodate schools in the areas we run, so that they can get settled and we can get information to them without a huge rush occurring, as they are usually just getting back into routines when Targa arrives.  Plus, it allows competitors to enjoy their summer, the volunteers to do the same, then all come together mid-September and totally focus on the event.”

Information regarding the number of overnights in a specific location, car show locations, and new stages will be released over the coming months as those details are confirmed.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 18th and conclude back in the capital on September 22nd.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Successful finish for the 15th annual Targa Newfoundland

September 16, 2016 —The 15th annual Targa Newfoundland competition has concluded. Over the course of five grilling days on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions the champions have emerged.

Stages started in North West Brook, Hodges Cove and North Harbour. After lunch in Cupids, where local members of the community fueled competitors with a delicious pan fried cod meal, they then continued on to the last stages of the event, concluding in the town of Brigus. The final course is known to competitors as the battle ground that separates the true drivers from the weekend warriors. This year’s contenders were able to complete the final push without incident, a testament to the skills of this years teams.

A team from Massachusetts, Thomas Casals and Brad Mello driving their BMW, sadly weren’t able to complete the event due to having an off in the second to last stage in front of a local resident’s house. In a kind hearted turn of events, they took their sorrow to brighten the day of the local’s grand son by providing him with their Targa license plate in an effort to turn their hard luck in to a gracious gesture.

Bert Howerton, of Pennsylvania and Newfoundland’s Sean English in a 1995 BMW 325i missed a right turn during the stage in Tickle Cove yesterday, sending them off the road. Even after their misfortune, the team commemorated the completion of this year’s event by walking across the finish line, bumper in hand, to receive their medal. Sean English said “we owe a big thank you to the Targa Safety requirements which allowed us to walk away without a scratch”. English was grateful for the help of Tickle Cove locals who helped extract their car from off the course, “It’s a true testament that Newfoundlanders always come together in a time of need, and that something good always comes from something bad”.

The day ended with the crowning of division winners at the fair grounds located on Water Street in Brigus. The winners of this years tarmac rally are Newfoundlanders Richard Atkinson and Jonathan Cole in the Classic division, Billy Anderson and Max Cline Abrahams in the Modern and Quebec natives Ludovic and Lauriane Lognay in the Open division. Defending champions Marius and Renee Damm took home the win for Grand Touring. Anderson and Abrahams also took home the Grand Master Challenge title.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Penalties, windy conditions play havoc with division standings in Targa Newfoundland

CLARENVILLE (September 15, 2016) – Mother Nature decided to finally make her presence known during the fourth day of competition at the 15th annual Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally.

Wet and windy conditions played havoc with course set-up and made for difficult driving conditions on all completed stages today.  The Melrose stage was run as a quick transit due to the late start of the stage caused by inclement weather and a local medical issue.  The first stage of Trinity Bay North was cancelled due to scheduling issues, while both of Little Catalina’s stages were cancelled because of safety concerns due to the weather.

Several competitors had incidents throughout the day.  Defending Targa Classic division winners from Newfoundland, Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser, had a mechanical failure on the very first stage of the day, which has caused them to withdrawal from that division.  They will return tomorrow in another vehicle in the Fast Tour division, the non-competitive division of the event.  One of the leaders of Targa Classic at the time of their incident, Bert Howerton and Newfoundlander Sean English, went off course narrowly missing stacked crab and lobster pots of local fishermen in the process.  The vehicle is too badly damage to continue, but the team has no medical issues resulting from the mishap.  They are extremely disappointed to not be able to complete the Targa.

The standings were thrown a huge curve mid-morning with the release of updated scoring from the night before.  In the release, penalties were issued to over 20 competitors due to cutting corners, or having two wheels off while attempting to navigate around a turn.  This causes gravel to be kicked up onto the tarmac, making it increasingly difficult for competitors who follow to safely navigate the corner, as well as leaving rubbish on the roads of communities involved with the event.  Penalties were issued in an attempt to correct this issue.

Due to these penalties, the Targa Classic division is now lead by the all-Newfoundland team of Richard Atkinson and Jonathan Cole, who have a large lead over second place Texan Bryan Bursey and Albertan Don Kjorven.  In Targa Modern division, John Hume Jr. of Ontario and Newfoundlander Justin Crant are well in the lead over the surprising second place team from Alberta of Harold and Denise Vanderschee, who ran in Fast Tour last year.  In Targa Open division, multi-time winner of Targa Mike Davenport and Brad Benson are safely in the lead heading into tomorrow’s final day of competition.  The brother/sister team of Ludovic and Lauriane Lognay attempting to hold onto second, but are certainly hoping for Davenport to fall back during tomorrow’s stages.  And in the Grand Touring division, the only team in the entire event yet to have any penalties issued to them, Marinus and Renee Damm from Oregon, are leading the rookie team from Ontario of Adam Ruppel and Robert Launder.

Tomorrow’s final stages will occur through North West Brook, Hodges Cove, North Harbour, and then the double stages of Cupids and Brigus, where the crowning of Targa winners will occur outside of the Brigus Town Hall.  The celebrations are open to the public at the conclusion of the stage.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:              Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:   Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Engine issues, fatigue begin to appear after Day 3 of Targa Newfoundland

CLARENVILLE (September 14, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland reached the halfway mark in this year’s 15th annual tarmac rally today.  Blue skies and warm temperatures made for an excellent day of competition on the Bonavista peninsula.

The day began with the Lethbridge stage followed by stages in the communities of Brooklyn, Lockston, and Trouty. Crews stopped for lunch at the Trinity Parish Hall midday, which is a favorite spot for many of the competitors each year the lunch is held there.  After the second stage in Trinity, competitors then headed to stages in Champney’s East, English Harbour, and finally completed the grueling day of 11 high-pressure stages in Port Rexton.

In Lethbridge, the Newfoundland team of Gordon Maxwell and navigator Wayne Lorenzen in their 2008 Mitsubishi Evo had an incident where the vehicle slide off course.  The driver was given on-site medical attention and then transported to hospital.  He has since been released, however will not continue in the competition.  The navigator will continue on tomorrow in a different vehicle, a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, in the Fast Tour division, which is the non-competitive portion of the Targa.

Andrew Comrie-Picard identified an engine issue in his 1996 Mitsubishi Evo 4 that has taken him out of the running for the time being.  He is hoping to rejoin the event in the morning.  John Robinson, of Nova Scotia, switched out his 1995 BMW M3 for a 2007 Chevy Suburban (their former service vehicle) this morning after engine issues also took him out of the event.  He too is now in Fast Tour for the remainder of the event.  And early this evening, one of the founding members of Targa Newfoundland, Doug Mepham, also had terminal engine issues in his MINI that has caused him to withdrawal from the event.

After three days of competition, and with multiple engine failures, the standings are starting to sort themselves out.  In Targa’s Open division, there is still a very tight battle between defending champion Jean Luc Bergeron, multiple Targa winner Mike Davenport, and the two Lognay teams out of Quebec, all battling for the top spot.  In Modern division, it still is neck and neck between defending champion Billy Anderson and John Hume Jr.  In Classic, there are six teams within seconds of each other for the lead in that division.  And in Grand Touring, the battle between John Hume Sr. and the Damm’s of Oregon is still going strong.

Tomorrow Targa heads to the northern portion of the Bonavista peninsula, starting off with a double stage of both Open Hall and Tickle Cove.  The competition then proceeds to stages in Kings Cove, Keels, and Melrose.  The day continues with two stages in Trinity Bay North, and concludes in the community of Little Catalina.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:              Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:   Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Burin peninsula host thrilling stages on the second day of Targa Newfoundland

CLARENVILLE (September 13, 2016) – A day filled with blue skies welcomed over 50 competitors on the Burin peninsula for the second day of competition in the annual tarmac rally.

The competition kicked off in a timely manner with today’s rally beginning in Boat Harbour with perfect weather and driving conditions.  The 2016 Lamborghini Huracan of Sugan Krisnarajah and Jacky Yang had a mechanical issue on the second stage of the day, where he swapped out his vehicle for his 2007 Ferrari F430.  The fan favorite is expected to return to the stage tomorrow in the Huracan, which has been repaired.  Coming out of Harbour Mille on Stage Four, a 1989 Porsche 911 C4 driven by Robert Patterson and Don McNeil went off the road which resulted in some minor cosmetic damage.  After a brief assessment, the team was able to rejoin the competition for the following stage in Grand le Pierre.  Peter Guagenti, driver of a 2002 BMW M3, had an engine failure before leaving Terrenceville, subsequently, not allowing him to complete this last stage of today’s competition.

The town of Terrenceville, the newest addition to the Targa list of communities, welcomed the event with open arms.  Huge crowds gathered for a barbeque at the town’s volunteer fire station while lining the roads in the community to watch the two stages held within the town limits.

Sugan also generously donated funds to the fire department so that it could purchase a new piece of equipment for the town’s fire hall.

In the Classic division, after two days of competition, there is still a four way tie for first place between Jack Rogers, Iain Dobson, Bert Howerton, and Newfoundlander Richard Atkinson.  In Modern division, John Hume Jr. has moved into first place, with Newfoundlander Billy Anderson a very close second.  In Open division, it’s still a three-way tie between defending Open champion Jean Luc Bergeron, Andrew Comrie-Picard, and Mike Davenport.  And in the Grand Touring division, John Hume Sr. has taken firm hold of first place.

The halfway point of Targa’s 15th annual tarmac rally is tomorrow, where stages in Lethbridge, Brooklyn, Lockston, Trouty, Trinity, Port Rexton, Champney’s East, and English Harbour are on the schedule.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Day one of competition completed in Targa Newfoundland’s 15th annual rally

CLARENVILLE (September 12, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland competitors had an early rise today as they geared up for their first official day of the timed-rally.  It began with stages in Colliers and Marysvale then moved onto Makinsons, followed by the Burin peninsula, with stages in Black River and Garden Cove.

The day had a late start in Colliers due to windy conditions, however got back on track for the following stage.  On stage four, coming out of Turks Gut, the 1995 BMW M3 of John Robinsons and Geoffrey Millan, had some mechanical issues causing them to pull out for the day and the vehicle was brought to Clarenville for inspection.  The source of the problem has been located and the team and crew are hoping to have it fixed in time for tomorrow’s competition.  At the second last stage of the day, one vehicle sled off track resulting in damage to the car’s right axle.  The team was medically checked out for precautionary measures and were given a clean bill of health.  The team is expected to rejoin the competition.

Before the stage in Makinsons, competitors filed in to the United Church Hall in Brigus for a delicious Cod-au-Gratin lunch provided by members of the town.  Competitors look forward to revisiting the historic site on their final day of competition.

A bottleneck of competitors is leading after today’s stages.  In Classic division, Iain Dobson, Jack Rogers, Richard Atkinson, and Bert Howerton.  In Modern division, John Hume Jr. and Peter Guagenti.  In Open division, Jean Luc Bergeron, Andrew Comrie-Picard, and Mike Davenport.  In Grand Touring, the majority of the competitors are still tied with zero penalties.

Tomorrow’s action is based on the Burin peninsula.  The day begins in Boat Harbour and continues in to Harbour Mille, Grand Le Pierre and ending off in Terrenceville.  Each evening the public is invited to the Clarenville Eastlink Events Centre from 730-9 for Car Shows featuring all the vehicles in this year’s competition.  Proceeds from these events go to the Clarenville chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:              Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:   Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Exciting practice day for Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 11, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland held its practice day in the communities of Flatrock and Bauline today. With over 50 competitors taking part, the non-timed stages are now completed.

Under sunny skies, the competitors completed the double stage in Flatrock without incident.  One team had a mechanical issue, however it will not affect their ability to start tomorrow.  Community spectators lined the roads to see the Fast Tour, Grand Touring, and Targa competitors try their hand at their towns tarmac.

Targa celebrated Flatrock volunteers during lunch at their community centre between stages, as they were commended for their fifteen years of involvement with this event.  The first new stage of the event was held in the town of Bauline.  Following the course, competitors raved about stage design, supporting spectators, and the beauty of the rally’s latest community addition. The day finished with a car show at Canadian Forces Station St. John’s, where competitor vehicles were welcomed back to the facility to a car wash provided by their cadets.

Tomorrow’s first day of official competition begins with stages in Colliers and Marysvale.  The event then moves onto Makinsons followed by stages on the Burin peninsula, with stages in Black River and Garden Cove.  It concludes with stages in Harcourt and Burgoynes Cove.  The event will then be based out of the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville, where nightly car shows will occur September 12th – 15th, 7:30pm – 9pm.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa Newfoundland kicks off its 15th annual event

ST. JOHN’S (September 10, 2016) – The 15th Annual Targa Newfoundland Registration and Tech Day kicked off Saturday with fifty-four registered teams from all over North America. The event was held at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) St. John’s. Following registration, vehicles lined up for technical inspection before going on display for the first of two car shows held at the CFS St. John’s.  The car show brought in hundreds of spectators from all over St. John’s and surrounding areas.

Sunday’s Official Start will be held at CFS St. John’s, with Targa President Robert Giannou and CFS St. John’s Commanding Officer Gerald V. Parsons officiating the event.  In Targa tradition, each vehicle in the start line will be draped with a Canadian flag over the hood and sent on its way to the first Prologue stage.

Prologue stages, which are non-timed practice stages, will commence in Flatrock at noon Sunday, followed by the first ever stages in the town of Bauline at 3pm.  The second car show will then be held back at CFS St. John’s from 5-9pm.  Proceeds from the two car shows in St. John’s will go to “Soldier On”, an organization by the Armed Forces that assists mental illness and physically injured soldiers and veterans.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa Newfoundland partners with the Canadian Armed Forces for opening weekend activities

ST. JOHN’S (September 6, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland and the Canadian Armed Forces will be working together to raise funds for the Soldier On program during this weekend’s Targa activities.

Targa will be holding a public car show from 3pm to 9pm this Saturday, September 10th, at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) St. John’s, located in Pleasantville, and Sunday, September 11th from 5pm to 9pm.  Proceeds from the gate, which will be operated by active military members, will go directly to the Soldier On program of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that supports current serving members and veterans to overcome their physical injuries or mental health illness through physical activity and sport.  The program is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces commitment and priority towards providing a comprehensive approach to care for ill and injured members.

The program has been involved with Targa previously, through members who competed in Targa in 2010 and 2011, respectively.  However, this is the first year the program will directly be assisting the event.  It is also the first year Targa will use the facilities at CFS St. John’s to host its Registration/Tech Day, Driver’s Meeting, and Official Start activities, which are open to the public at no charge, on Sunday, September 11th at 11:30am.

“Canadian Forces Station St. John’s is tremendously excited to welcome this year’s competitors to the Registration and pre-event car shows to help promote the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Soldier On Fund,” expressed Commanding Officer of CFS St. John’s, Lieutenant-Commander Gerald V. Parsons.  “This year’s 15th anniversary event promises to bring together some of the world’s best rally drivers to converge and test their skills against the challenging course and condition demands found within the province.  Best of luck to all competitors!”

“Targa is thrilled to be partners with the Canadian Armed Forces and to be able to use the new facilities at CFS St. John’s for our Registration/Tech Day,” stated Targa General Manager, Darren Sheppard.  “To have the support of the military and to be able to give back through the Soldier On program, it’s something we at Targa are very proud to be associated with.  We hope for a huge public turnout for the car shows, which would greatly support the program.”

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometres of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536    robyn@targanl.com

 

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413       registrar@targanewfoundland.com

 

Websites:           targanfld.comwww.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanlwww.instagram.com/targa_nl

Happy Labour Day from Targa Newfoundland

Although many are taking it easy this weekend, we’re still hard at work. We have hundreds of volunteers and tons of supporting communities dedicating their time this weekend in ensuring the safety of our upcoming tarmac rally. With the event underway in just ONE WEEK, there is no time to rest.

To everyone giving up their time for us this year, we’d like to send out a heartfelt thank you. This event brings so much excitement to our province every year, and with it’s 15th anniversary about to start up, we hope to have a year like no other.

They say that when you do what you love you never work a day in your life.

Well, for every one else, enjoy today doing what you love, with those you love.

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Targa Newfoundland teams up with MADD Clarenville for 15th Annual Tarmac Rally

ST.JOHN’S (September 2, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Clarenville chapter have joined forces in this year’s annual tarmac rally.

Targa Newfoundland will be holding car shows from 7:30pm to 9:00pm every evening from September 12th – 15th at the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville.  Proceeds from the gate will go to MADD’s local chapter to help raise public awareness regarding the dangers of impaired driving.

“We are delighted to partner with Targa as they pay so much detailed attention to safety of the public and their competitors,” explained Adam Wiseman, Clarenville MADD chapter representative.  “They start with a mandatory breathalyser test for all the participating crews every morning of the event and ensure no alcohol is consumed during the day’s activities.”  Adam concluded by saying, “we really want the public to come out to the Centre to see the show, meet the crews and support our efforts to make our roads safer.”

President of Targa Newfoundland, Robert Giannou, echoed Adam’s positive comments regarding the partnership between the two organizations.  “We are so pleased to partner with MADD and assist them to raise funds that can be directed to educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving.  We hope the residents of Clarenville will support their local MADD chapter and come out to the car shows each night Targa is in Clarenville.”

MADD Canada is a volunteer lead charitable organization that strives to raise awareness of the insufferable act of driving while impaired.  Volunteers for these events will include not only mothers, but fathers, friends, business professionals, concerned citizens and experts in the anti-impaired driving field.  Funds raised will help MADD Clarenville’s initiatives in heightening awareness through community campaigns and services, as well as programs to educate the public in an effort to save lives and prevent future injuries.

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 conclude back in the capital on September 16th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

 

Road Close/Road Open Times for Targa 2016

Attached are all the Road Close/Road Open times for the communities where stages will be occurring for the 2016 Targa from September 11th through 16th.

Please review the locations of the stages and the time the road will be closed to public traffic.

Bauline  –  Black River & Garden Cove  –  Boat Harbour & Petite Forte  –  Brigus  –  Champney’s East & English Harbour  –  Community Letter 16  –  Conception Harbour_Colliers  –  Cupids  –  Flatrock  –  Grand le Pierre & Terrenceville  –  Harbour Mille  –  Harcourt & Burgoynes Cove  –  Kings Cove & Keels  –  Lethbridge & Brooklyn  –  Little Catalina  –  Lockston & Trouty  –  Makinsons  –  Marysvale & Turks Gut  –  Melrose  –  North Harbour  –  North West Brook & Hodges Cove  –  Open Hall & Tickle Cove  –  Port Rexton  –  Trinity