Canadian Thanksgiving Entry Fee Special

From today until October 9th, Targa and Grand Touring divisions will have $500.00 off the advertised price! If you’re interested in entering one of the competitive divisions of the 17th annual Targa Newfoundland, this would be a good time to do it!

Email registrar@targanewfoundland.com or call 1-877-332-2413 for more information and to receive your Entry Form!

Payment plans are available (min. $2000.00 down payment), plus we’ll provide some logistical assistance if required.

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Targa Newfoundland 2018 Dates & Rates (revised)

Update: Date for Targa 2018: September 13th through 22nd (Motorsports School 13th-14th, Registration/Tech 15th, Prologue 16th, Competition 17th-21st, Gala 22nd).

Hotel availability in overnight locations and ferry crossings have forced the event to push deeper into September. Targa has once again made hotel blocks for competitors should they wish to utilize them for September. Marine Atlantic will continue its Argentia ferry service with the last boat leaving Argentia to North Sydney scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd.

2018 Entry Forms are available on the Targa website at http://targanfld.com/rates/ along with entry fee pricing. Only two levels of entry fees this year instead of four, so please take note of the deadline dates.

Main website will be updated with 2018 information, logo, etc. over the coming weeks.

The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

ST. JOHN’S (September 17, 2017) – Friday was the conclusion of the five days of competition for the annual tarmac rally. It was an action-filled day with lead changes on the last stages in Brigus deciding winners of classes and divisions.

In Grand Touring division, first place went to the Hume Team Media Inc. team of John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI G.P., second place to teammates Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI Countryman, and third place to brothers Paul and Mark Dennis of Ontario, in their 2017 Subaru BRZ.

In Targa Classic division, first place went to Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp of Indiana, in their 1965 Ford Mustang, second place to Bryan Bursey of Texas and Martin Cadieux of Quebec, in their 1991 Mazda Miata, and third place to Michael Wilson of New York and John Stanescu of New Jersey, in their 1990 Ford Mustang.

In Targa Modern division, first place went to another Hume Media Inc. entry, John Hume Jr. of Ontario and Justin Crant of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 2004 BMW M3, second place to Mike Humphreys and Rahim Kahn of Switzerland, in their 2004 Porsche GT3 RS, and third place to the remaining Hume Media Inc. entry of Jon Riddell and Briar de Lange of Ontario, in their 2002 BMW M3.

And in Targa Open division, first place went to Josh Collins and Matt Collins of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 1995 Acura Integra, second place to Mark Rittenhouse of Ontario and Mark Laitenberger of New York, in their 2008 Mitsubishi Evo, and third place to Richard Clark and Andrew Prill of the United Kingdom, in their 2003 Subaru Impreza.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413           rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

 

 

 

Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 14, 2017) – With one more day of competition remaining, pressure is building for all who are looking to win their classes and divisions in the annual tarmac rally. Thursday’s stages separated competitors in one division, but brought others even closer together.

In Classic division, Targa veterans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp have opened up a 48 second lead on second place Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This lead will be tough to close on Friday, but Bursey and Cadieux will try their best to do that.

In Modern division, first and second are separated by only two seconds, while third is only 20 seconds back of that.  The battle between the team of Targa veterans John Hume Jr. and Justin Crant and rookie driver Kirk Jones and Targa champion Corey Prosser will certainly be entertaining to watch.

In Open division, Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger lead Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 11 seconds going into the final stages Friday.  This division is certainly up for grabs over the final stages Friday.

In Grand Touring division, John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner are battling it out with teammates Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins for the title.  All teams received penalty times Thursday so the chance for changes in those standings is quite possible on the final day of the Targa.

Friday’s stages include John Curran Memorial (Colliers and Conception Harbour), Marysvale, Turks Gut, and Brigus.  The official finish will occur on George Street in St. John’s with a car show on the street from 7pm – 9pm.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa veterans take the lead on the third day of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 13, 2017) – As expected, mid-week of Targa usually means changes at the top of the leader board. This year’s event is no different with Targa veterans leading in each of the four competitive divisions.

However, the day started off with an unusual incident.  One of the course safety vehicles went off the road on a challenging crest that leads into a turn in the community of Lethbridge.  No injuries to the two crew members occurred.  This same corner has been the location of other incidents during previous Targa’s and is known as the place to watch the event in the community, since something exciting usually happens.

The rest of the days stages proved to be fairly entertaining and provided opportunity for changes in the standings from the previous day.

In the Grand Touring division, the former second place team of Ruth and Andrew Thorogood has retired from the event due to mechanical issues.  This now allows their teammates on the Hume Media Inc. team of Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins to move into second and only two seconds behind leaders John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner, also of the Hume Media Inc. team.  However, third through fifth place are within striking distance and can still move up the standings with two days of competition ahead.

The Open division of Targa has veterans Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger leading the local team of Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 16 seconds.  Third place pairing from the United Kingdom of Richard Clark and Andrew Prill are over one minute back but still quite capable of moving up the podium.

Modern division has another Hume Media Inc. team in the lead.  John Hume Jr. and Newfoundlander Justin Crant are tied for first place with Targa rookie Kirk Jones and two time Targa champion navigator Corey Prosser, plus the Swiss team of Mike Humphreys and Rahim Khan.

Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp are still tied for the lead in Classic division with Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This division looks to go down to the wire, with the next two days of stages being critical for each team.

Thursday’s stages are focused on Conception Bay North, specifically the communities of Harbour Grace and Carbonear.  Four stages will occur in each community through the morning and afternoon hours.  A noon car show will occur outside the Stone Jug in Carbonear while competitors enjoy a meal in the historic building.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Exciting second day of competition at 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 12, 2017) – After two days of competition at the annual tarmac rally, the standings are beginning to take shape as to which teams will be contenders by the end of the event. With several lengthy stages on Tuesday, several teams were able to utilize their speed and driving skills to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

In Grand Touring, the Hume Media Inc. team is on top of the podium with the 2013 MINI G.P. of John Hume Sr. and navigator Christina Kroner of Ontario leading, be it by only three seconds, over their teammates Andrew and Ruth Thorogood of Ontario, in their 2006 MINI G.P.  Only nine seconds back is the 2013 MINI Countryman of Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario.  This division will certainly have changes before the end of the week and is one to watch in the Targa.

In Classic division, the tie for first between Jack Rogers and navigator C.J. Strupp and the team of Bryan Bursey and navigator Martin Cadieux will continue into Wednesday.

In Modern division, a tie between the teams of John Hume Jr. and Kirk Jones for first has occurred, with the team of Harold Vanderschee only one second behind first place.  The top five teams are separated only by twelve seconds and will continue to be an exciting division to watch.

In Open division, the team of Mark Rittenhouse is tied for first with the Newfoundland team of Josh Collins.  These two teams have opened up a gap over the rest of the Open competitors, and they hope that continues with Wednesday stages.

The southern Bonavista Peninsula will be the location for stages on Wednesday, with stages occurring in Lethbridge, Brooklyn, Georges Brook, and Burgoyne’s Cove.  The event will then move to the Conception Bay North area of the province for Thursday’s stages.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Wet and wild first day of competition for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 11, 2017) – Heavy rain and high winds welcomed the competitors to the first competitive stages of the 16th annual tarmac rally. The challenging conditions played havoc with the teams as they tried to battle it out for early leads in their classes and divisions.

The Classic division currently has a tie for first place, with the 1965 Ford Mustang of Americans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp and the 1991 Mazda Miata of Canadians Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux on top of the standings.

The Modern division also has several teams tied for first place, but the bigger story is the fan favourite 2006 Lotus Exige of Stan Hartling and Andy Proudfoot is out of the Targa due to mechanical issues.  The team is extremely disappointed to be finished so early into this year’s event.

In Open division, the 2005 Lotus Elise of American brothers Scott and Mark Knott had a major engine failure which means an early exit for the Targa regulars.  The team is discussing options to potentially return in another vehicle to finish the event.  Several competitors are currently tired for first place in this highly competitive division.

The Grand Touring division has already had some separation, with the leaders splitting away from the majority of the pack.  Four teams are tied for first place and will look to increase their lead on the others in Tuesday’s Burin Centre stages.

Stages are scheduled on the Burin Peninsula for Boat Harbour, Petite Forte, Harbour Mille, Grand le Pierre, English Harbour, and Terrenceville.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:        http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

ST. JOHN’S (September 10, 2017) – The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland kicked off Sunday with 33 teams entered for what is expected to be an exciting six days of competition.

A strong field from seven countries are competing in the annual tarmac rally.  The Targa will cover over 1,500 kilometres through the Avalon, Bonavista, and Burin Peninsulas, over the coming days.

Several last minute entries from local competitors have made a couple of divisions more packed.  Josh Collins of Placentia who competes in national, regional, and local stock car series fame and recent Targa Bambina winner Andrew Warren of Marystown have tossed their hats into the Targa ring with hopes of winning the event or enjoying themselves in the non-competitive Fast Tour division.

Practice stages in Flatrock and Bauline on Sunday were successful for all teams, with no incidents reported and all crews returning to the paddock in the early evening.  Many locals also took in the car shows at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay over the weekend, with many impressed by the different types of vehicles covering several classes within the field.

The event will move their overnight location to Clarenville starting Monday and set up at the Eastlink Events Centre, with a majority of the action moving to the northern Burin and Clarenville areas of the province.  Stages are scheduled for Black River, Garden Cove, North Harbour, North West Brook and Hodges Cove.

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 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413             rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Messages from the Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador regarding Targa Newfoundland

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador Dwight Ball have both sent their congratulations regarding the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland. They commend the hundreds of volunteers for their hard work and dedication, they welcome the competitors who are coming to Canada and the province from all over the world, and wish all involved an exciting and safe motorsports event.

Letters from the Prime Minister and the Premier are below.

PMs Letter

Premiers Letter