Daily Planet featuring Targa, Mike Mercer & Corey Prosser

So we tried to get as many folks to watch Daily Planet last night when this was aired, but due to short notice from the network, not sure how many actually got to see it.

Sooooo, here’s the link to the video for it!


Make sure you copy/paste the link above into your browser, that way the correct show will load, or just click on it! Targa’s segment is the first 10 minutes so you won’t have to wait long to see our part!

Only catch. Only Canadian television subscribers can view it. You have to log into Discovery via your satellite or cable television email/password that you’d normally use to get access to your account. Once you do that, you’ll be able to view the show.

Update for Targa 2017

To all our current and potential competitors:

The major joy of Targa Newfoundland is that it is all about reality: it is about real roads, real cars and real people.  It is like no other event and has to be understood as such.  Each year, we as organizers, deal with the realities of competitors, volunteers, roads, communities and of course, the weather.  Please understand, that our tightly knit group of volunteers from Stage and Community Operations, work as hard as they possibly can to provide the best event possible.  Another reality is that we in effect, run some fifty rally events in one week.  After each Targa, we do a stage by stage review.  Based on the results of that review, our experience in the event and the feedback of our competitors and volunteers we often adjust the rules, regulations and operating practices.  This year is no different.  There will be changes, some of which are outlined below, which are more necessary adjustments to the rules and operating practices of the event.  We expect this review to be complete and the revised rules will be published before the end of November, 2016.  In the meantime, what follows are some of the adjustments and changes we are currently working on.

Timing Equipment:  Improving our timing system is our number one priority for 2017.  In 2016, we had some troubles with our equipment, even though it had been tested before the event, just as we always do.  It performed flawlessly.  However, problems arose which in turn caused stage set up delays.  We have reviewed what happened and we understand the issues and appointed a committee to look at the various options available which will provide a much more user-friendly system.  The committee is well on the way to reaching a solution to the issues we face, both from an equipment acquisition and staff training point of view.  For Targa Newfoundland 2017, we will have a much improved system in place that will meet the needs of the event and the competitors.

Inquiry and Penalty Procedures:  We are also in the process of simplifying and streamlining the inquiry and penalty procedures set out in our Rules and Regulations, Volume 1 and 2.  For example, competitors will now have 90 minutes after their arrival time in the overnight parking area to lodge an inquiry.  We have revised our penalties and will be sharply improving our system of penalty enforcement.  Speed penalties, both for average and top speed infractions, will be tiered and made progressive in two ways.  Competitors who exceed the speed limits will be penalized based the amount of excess speed and the number of infractions.  As all are aware we have long had an issue with corner cutting which spreads gravel over the roads making life extremely difficult for following competitors and for the communities which have to clean up the resulting mess. We have adjusted the rules prohibiting this practice and added the words  “intentional” or “willful” cutting of corners.  This rule will be strictly enforced in coming events.

New O-Base Group:  We are proud to announce that we have decided to create a new Open Pro Group in the Targa Division for those who wish to compete on a zero base time basis.  The top and average speed rules will remain.  To be eligible to compete in this group, competitors must have suitable experience.  The requirements to enter the Group, such as license and experience necessary, will be published shortly.  The current Groups; Classic, Modern, and Open will be maintained as they are.

As we enter the between events season and prepare for the holiday season stay tuned.  We have many new and exciting things coming for our 2017 Sweet Sixteen Targa Newfoundland.  The TV show is in production, entries are progressing well and moving parallel to last year, one of our biggest years.  We have had a great and successful Canadian Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Day Special so stay tuned.  American Thanksgiving is coming, as are a whole list of great holidays.  Who knows what could happen…

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

For our Canadian competitors and fans, today is our Thanksgiving. For most, the weekend has involved spending time with family, friends, and having a nice meal!

But, for everyone Targa, this weekend is special. Why? Because we are giving everyone a chance to register for the event at discounted Thanksgiving Day rates!

$1,000.00 off the Targa, Grand Touring, and Fast Tour entry fee price, but only until midnight tonight! We’ve already had several competitors take the Special, and we’ll be posting their entries over the next couple of weeks. Don’t delay, enter today!

Contact registrar@targanewfoundland.com for more information or to receive an entry form. It isn’t to early to start planning for Targa Newfoundland 2017 next September!


Canadian Thanksgiving Special

As next Monday is Thanksgiving here in Canada, Targa Newfoundland is celebrating the occasion by offering all potential competitors a special discounted entry fee!

Starting today (Thursday) and ending at midnight on Thanksgiving Monday, Targa will be offering $1,000.00 (before taxes) off the early bird pricing for the Targa, Grand Touring and Fast Tour divisions!

We guarantee that this incredible offer will be the best price you will see this year.

Celebrate Thanksgiving, enter Targa Newfoundland now, and be thankful you did!

*certain conditions apply, special does not include Quick Tour division or entries that have already registered with the event*

Please contact Darren at registrar@targanewfoundland.com or call the office, 1-877-332-2413. We’ll get the entry form out to you and go over any questions you may have about the event and registration process.

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For immediate release

Targa Newfoundland welcomes Peter Guagenti to its Board of Governors


ST. JOHN’S (October 5, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland is pleased to welcome Peter Guagenti as the newest member on the Board of Governors. Peter brings deep marketing expertise to the board, where he will build programs to bring more competitors to the event on a worldwide scale, as well as use innovative strategies to target global sponsorship and expand the Targa Newfoundland brand.

Originally from New York City, Peter currently lives in San Francisco, where he works as the Chief Marketing Officer for NGINX; a company providing products and services for some of the world’s best know web applications.  With over twenty years of experience, Peter has helped dozens of the world’s most recognized brands, including Google, Microsoft, and Visa to promote their brands and ideas to the world’s consumers.

Peter is also an accomplished racer.  He has competed in numerous road racing and rallying events, and he is a multi-time winner in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  He has competed in the Canadian Rally Championship, BMW CCA Club Racing, and NASA Pro Racing series throughout North America.

“I was lucky to be able to compete and win at the 2nd annual running of the Targa Newfoundland,” stated Guagenti, “and the experience forever defined for me what motorsports and adventure truly means.  Having competed in the event six times now, I can say without reservation that I both love Targa, and love the province and people of Newfoundland.  I am honored and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help improve the awareness of Targa Newfoundland globally and continue to grow.”

“The company is thrilled to have Guagenti join the team,” explained Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, “and with his expertise, we look forward to what the events future has in store.  For years I have wanted to pair Peter’s love for Targa and his marketing acumen.  We are now delighted to do so. ”

“The Board of Governors welcomes the opportunity to work with him and bring his significant marketing skills into play with the defined goals of increasing our brand awareness in the United States, arguably our biggest market and making Targa Newfoundland more attractive to US competitors and international sponsors,” concluded Giannou.

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 11th and conclude back in the capital on September 15th.  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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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

Dates changed for Targa Newfoundland 2017

Due to accommodation issues in Clarenville, Targa has decided to move the event back to its original slot, the 3rd week in September. For 2017, this means the dates will now be the 7th through the 16th. The driving school will be the 7th and 8th, Tech/Registration will be the 9th, Prologue the 10th, with the event officially being scored from the 11th through 15th. The 16th will be the Awards Reception.

Targa also has blocks of hotel rooms under our control for Clarenville – first time that’s happened. You can directly deal with Targa or the hotel to access these rooms. Only catch, you must be officially entered in Targa 2017 first to obtain Targa controlled rooms. These rooms will only be released if the competitor is first registered with the event. And they are a first come, first serve basis. More information on the number of rooms, which hotels, and when exactly these rooms will be available, will be released in the coming weeks. Email registrar@targanewfoundland.com for more specific information.

The option is still there if you choose to deal with Maxxim Vacations (travel agency) and book rooms through them directly since they too have blocks of rooms, both in St. John’s and Clarenville.

Ferries will not be affected by the change back to the regular dates. Argentia and Port aux Basques runs will still be available both to and from the island.

Potential competitors, fans planning vacation time around the event, should adjust their schedules for the new dates.