Subaru Canada Announces Targa Newfoundland Support Program


ST. JOHN’S (December 20, 2016) – Subaru Canada, a long-time participant and supporter of the Targa Newfoundland international rally ever since its inception in 2002, recently announced the return of a broad ranging incentive and support program for Subaru competitors, their immediate families, and for Targa event staff.

The Subaru Canada program, implemented in recognition of the fact that Subaru products have competed in every Targa Newfoundland and won the last four Targa’s, sets out various incentives and awards for Subaru participants.  Participants and/or any immediate family member (mother, father, spouse, son or daughter) who purchase or lease a new Subaru from January 1 – December 31, 2017 will be eligible for a C$750.00 rebate.  This rebate is also being made available to the Targa event staff.

Participants who use any model of Subaru for entry into any of the four main categories within Targa Newfoundland (Open, Modern, Classic, and Grand Touring) will receive a C$500.00 Entrant Award which goes towards their entry fee.  Performance awards are also included in the program, apply towards Subaru entrants in any of the four competition categories.  A Subaru that achieves first place in any of the categories will receive a cash award of C$2,000.00, second place C$1,500.00 and third place C$1,000.00.

Brian Hyland, Director, After Sales – Parts Operations, states that “Subaru Canada has been a long time supporter of Targa Newfoundland and is very excited to be able to make this offer available once again to those Subaru participants in the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland.  Subaru has won the past four Targa’s and swept the podium in Open last year, the highest division possible in Targa, and are hoping for the same type of results in 2017.  We wish all participants good luck and safe driving in the coming event.”

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 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  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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Projected 2017 Targa Course Released

Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce that we have received approval from the Town of Harbour Grace to run the Targa Stages shown in the attached schedule within its jurisdiction.  This decision was the final stepping stone in putting together the 2017 ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Targa course.

We have incorporated a number of changes in the 2017 course which has changed some of the locations of overnight stays.  As usual, on the Saturday and Sunday before the event, we will be in St. John’s;  Monday and Tuesday evenings will see us in Clarenville, and new for 2017, Wednesday and Thursday in the Conception Bay North (CBN) area.

The two nights in CBN represent a change in the type and style of accommodations competitors are accustom with.  Competitors and their crews will now be able to experience smaller facilities and Bed & Breakfast locations.  The location of the nightly car shows in CBN will be confirmed soon.

The reasons for these changes are primarily sourced from feedback gathered from the 2016 event.   As a result we:

  • Decided to move out of the upper Bonavista peninsula.  While the stages are lovely, the roads are much to rough.  With the province’s current economic conditions, we could not foresee the required repairs and upgrades being made to the roads in these sparsely populated areas.
  • Created the Targa Open-Pro Class, which will see increased speeds which, in turn, adversely affect the vehicles on rough stages.
  • Move to a more heavily populated, sponsor friendly area.   Conception Bay North fills this requirement, is only a one hour drive from St. John’s, and has much better roads.
  • Hotel accommodations are becoming more and more difficult to book in the Clarenville area, as major bus tours were cutting into the room availability.

In addition, over the past three years, we have experienced an increase in the Targa related festivities in the Cupids / Brigus stages.  This is attracting more and more spectators each year, which in turn attracts more spectator services and entertainment.  We want to expand this concept:

  • On Thursday of the 2017 event we will, as can be seen in the schedule below, run 12 closely knit stages that are quite different in character.
  • We have partnered with the new multi-million dollar Stone Jug Restaurant and Entertainment Centre in Carbonear to provide a centerpiece to the event. The goal of this partnership is to create a full day of competition and entertainment which will turn into a Carbonear/Harbour Grace based Targa festival and draw many spectators to the area.
  • This festive and exciting Thursday will have something for everyone which will, in turn, augment and increase the suspense and excitement in the Cupids/Brigus areas on the next day.
  • We feel that this mass entertainment concept will attract many spectators to the area. They will, in turn, patronize the restaurants, businesses and accommodation facilities.

So now, just before Christmas, have our course ready.  There will be changes, bumps, and hollows as we move into the New Year, but we have our core plan locked down.

Best Regards for Christmas and a Very happy Targa New Year

Robert Giannou


Projected Course Schedule 2017