Newfoundlanders are gearing up for the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina


ST. JOHN’S (January 17, 2017) – The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina is projected to be one of the best courses that Targa Newfoundland has ever run.  With 16 stages, including four prologues (practice stages) the event is expected to have the most efficient stage to transit ratio of any Targa-related event worldwide.  With mostly newly-paved roads, beautiful scenery, and home to an incredible number of exotic and one-off special cars, the Burin Peninsula is bound to host a memorable rally experience this Canada Day long weekend.

As the Targa Newfoundland competition continues to grow and bring in professional drivers and crews from all over the world each September, the board of directors decided to introduce the Bambina competition to give a more compacted version of the main event to stimulate interest for local drivers.  With the Bambina’s small price bracket and the opportunity to gain entry way into the main event, Newfoundlanders are beginning to step up and show their ability to tackle roads in their own backyard.

Some of the local competitors taking part in the inaugural Bambina include:  Bay Roberts own Adam Mercer and co-driver Shawn English from Paradise; the father and son team of Lee and Rex Hayward of Conception Bay South; long-time Targa volunteer turned driver Gordon Maxwell of St. John’s and Wayne Lorenzen from Gander; rally rookies Geoff Dawe and Phil Keough of St. John’s; senior volunteer member of Targa Derek Churchill with his daughter Jennifer Corcoran of Conception Bay South; and Targa Newfoundland 2015 Classic division champs Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser of St. John’s.

President Robert Giannou and General Manager Darren Sheppard of Targa Newfoundland will be traveling to the Burin Peninsula this week to conduct information sessions with communities, interested groups, and individuals regarding the Bambina.  The main session is being held at Hotel Marystown on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm and is open to the public.  Registration packages will be available for those in attendance.

Managed and operated by Newfoundland international Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa Motorsport events in the world. The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina competition is scheduled for June 30 – July 3, 2017. The event will utilize the roads on the Burin Peninsula and be based out of the community of Burin.



Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413

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Public Meeting/Information Session for Bambina

Canada Day Long Weekend – June 30th to July 3rd, 2017

Tom Hollett was a giant of a man; he created a giant dream…THE BURIN HISTORIC TRUST

If you have a passion for motorsports, if you wish to support the Trust: BE there! BE part of history! BE part of the biggest motorsports event in the South Burin Peninsula!

Drive your vehicle on closed roads, be part of the Targa Bambina motorsport competition or the Targa Bambina Fast Tour and participate in the two Targa Bambina Burin Car Shows.

Enjoy a full weekend of Burin hospitality, food, fun, and motorsports entertainment.


• A spectacular four day automotive centered event.
• Two invitations to the Registration party (Friday night), Two mid-day lunch passes for each of Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the Awards ceremony (Monday afternoon).
• A route instruction book.
• Four prologue, fully marshaled, paved closed road practice stages (18 kms on Saturday).
• Twelve competitive, fully marshaled, paved closed road stages (80 kms on Sunday and Monday).
• Three days of inter-community group paved road transits (270 kms).
• Two evening and three luncheon car shows to showcase your vehicle.

For further information and/or to register, come out to Hotel Marystown for an information session with Targa management and officials.

Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 pm

NOTE: ANY PERSONS REGISTERING BEFORE JANUARY 31ST 2017 WILL SAVE THE 15% HST (offer only applies to new registrations).

If you are not able to attend this meeting, but still want to take advantage of the discount or want more information, please contact Darren at 1-877-332-2413 or