Press Release: Targa Newfoundland- The Five Year plan.

For Immediate Release

Targa Newfoundland – The five-year plan.

Well run organizations think ahead.  Years ahead; with multi-year forecasts and strategic outlooks. There are always tactical (short-term) risks which must be addressed, however you fundamentally have to drive the strategic (long-term) goals of your business to succeed.  It doesn’t matter what product, service, or offering you have, thinking ahead benefits everyone involved.

 

Targa Newfoundland has a very complex tactical, operating component…  A very complex regulatory component…  And requires complicated communications, logistics, and inter-relationships, all within variable environments.  Therefore, we have historically dedicated a significant amount of our resources to those immediate (short-term) requirements and races every year.  Now we have decided to divert a little of that focus past the 365-day window; for what we feel will be to the long-term benefit of all our stakeholders.  Our communities… Our volunteers… The public servants… The competitors… The sponsors…  Newfoundlanders all.

 

Thinking ahead is important to none more so than our volunteers, the lifeblood of Targa.  We would not be able to operate without you, and your incredible dedication and commitment. We want to give you the best opportunity to plan your vacation or time away from whatever responsibilities one might have, to attend to.  You all take a week off work or study, out of your busy lives to volunteer for Targa; getting burnt and wet and suffering through the wind and cold. For no pay, no glory, no finish line.  So thank you, thank you, and thank you.

 

Targa involves complex relationships with Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels of Government. We speak with town councils and city clerks, lawyers, law enforcement, emergency services staff and sometimes in the smaller communities the Fire Chief pretty much runs the show.   Targa Newfoundland is proud to be dealing with you all, year after year so we want to continuously improve our operational processes to make things as easy as we can for you while showing our long-term commitment to the towns and communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

We want to plan Targa for the next five years.  We are focussing on the third week in September, every year through 2023.  We would be interested in making multi-year arrangements with many of you, and will strive to make these events more efficient for all concerned.  It might make planning with Marine Atlantic or the Marystown Hotel, easier from afar, or simply allow the people of Parker’s Cove, Brigus, or any participating community; to better structure calendars and schedules.

 

We want to make the event more efficient considering our location is… Some might say, a tad remote. We would like to give people the opportunity to plan.  Especially considering a journey with as large an investment of time and financial resources required to simply travel here. I like cabins on the ferry but fifty percent of the time I try to get one, I’m too late with my booking.  Targa Newfoundland hopes having hard dates with a multi-year outlook for the event will better enable our stakeholders to plan and prepare.

 

Many of our competitors come from far away, thousands and thousands and thousands of kilometres.  It is a huge undertaking for some of these race teams to come to Newfoundland and Labrador, especially those with multiple vehicles.  They have to come by truck and ferry like the rest of us, and you know what a hassle that can be.  Now, we have established the future dates of Targa Newfoundland, for the next five years. We hope to enable our competitors from far and wide; to join us on our little rock here, just a short skip out into the North Atlantic.

 

Sponsors are an integral part, of Targa Newfoundland.  We appreciate your yearly support and would like to show our long-term commitment, to the event.  We will reduce paperwork in many areas and consolidate redundancies; we can better streamline and forecast out advertising and marketing campaigns; social media components for Targa consortiums can be reused and repurposed annually.  Sponsors, we appreciate your continued support.

 

Targa NL would like to give a special mention to the St. John’s Curling Club: RE/MAX Center, for pioneering this work with us on new, long-term relationships.

 

So this will kick off our strategic plan for Targa Newfoundland.  We needed a starting point, and here it is.  The dates for the next five years that we are going to race:

 

2019                    September 14 – 21
2020                    September 12 – 19
2021                    September 11 – 18
2022                    September 10 – 17
2023                    September   9 – 16

 

Everyone is invited, mainlanders and Newfoundlanders all; to this grand Targa soiree here in our beautiful Province.  Nowhere will you find the roads, weather, wind and people; little critters and big dirty moose that make this special event of ours what it is. We will help you eat cod tongues, drink screech and see the wonders of this quaint little “Rock” we call home. We would love for you to experience Newfoundland and Labrador as our guests, and join Targa Newfoundland in this race of ours, that we call the “Ironman of Motorsports.”

NOW AVAILABLE – High-level route maps for each Stage and Leg of Targa Newfoundland 2018, just two short weeks away! Visit http://targanfld.com/about/

Contact:

Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900          rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Mike Aylward              1-709-330-5325          mikea@targanl.com

David Noseworthy      1-709-222-2053          david@targanl.com

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 event starts with our two-day optional Driving School on September 13th & 14th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 15th. Prologue Stages occur on September 16th. The actual competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce the scheduled Targa dates for the next five years. Mark your calendars!

2019
September 12th  & 13th– Driving School
September 14th – 21st

 

2020
September 10th  & 11th– Driving School
September 12th – 19th

 

2021
September 9th  & 10th– Driving School
September 11th – 18th

 

2022
September 8th  & 9th– Driving School
September 10th – 17th

 

2023
September 7th  & 8th– Driving School
September 9th – 16th

Bambina Newfoundland will continue July 1st weekend as previously held, please mark your calendars as well! We are looking forward seeing all future competitors and volunteers to both events.

9.6.1 Maximum Speeds, Averages Speeds and Penalties

To all Targa Competitors:

Over the years, as this event has matured, some Targa Communities have expressed a concern about the speeds involved in the event.  Most of these concerns are simply brought about by visual experience, gossip and exaggeration.  Nevertheless, perception often becomes reality and the result is that the event becomes a victim of very exaggerated speed claims.  We have therefore decided to adjust our speed penalties so they include no only monetary fines but time penalties based on the amount on the infraction over the allowed speed.  Both these penalties will be strictly enforced.  Below is the revised section of the rules that sets out the applicable penalties.

 

9.6.1 Maximum Speeds, Averages Speeds and Penalties

 

  • Fast/Quick Tour entrants must not exceed a top speed of 130kph or an average speed of 110 kph.
  • Grand Touring competitors must not exceed a top speed of 150kph or an average speed of 125kph
  • Targa competitors must not exceed a top speed of 200kph or an average speed of 140 kph.

 

Penalties for Grand Touring and Targa Competitors:

Speed 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
0 – 10 kph over Warning $250.00 +

1 sec per kph over

$500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

11 – 20 kph over $250.00 +

1 sec per kph over

$500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

$1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

21 – 30 kph over $500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

$1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

$2,000.00 +

7 sec per kph over

31 kph & over $1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

$2,000.00 +

7 sec per kph over

Exclusion

Penalties for Fast/Quick Tour Competitors:

Fast/Quick Tour cash fines will be doubled due to the non-competitive nature of the division.

Speed 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
0 – 10 kph over Warning $500.00 $1,000.00

 

11 – 20 kph over $500.00 $1,000.00

 

$2,000.00

 

21 – 30 kph over $1,00.00

 

$2,000.00

 

$3,000.00

 

31 kph & over $2,000.00

 

$3,000.00

 

Exclusion

We trust that you will understand just how serious this issue is for the future of the event. As faster and faster vehicles enter the event it becomes virtually impossible to control the terminal speeds. This therefore becomes an issue of banning certain vehicles (which we do not want to do) and dealing with the safety of the competitors in these extremely fast cars. Some of these cars can far exceed our target speeds if they are allowed to exceed the events maximum allowed speeds.  So rather than ban certain cars we will penalize them.

 

For the sake of the sport and its safety, and for the sake of the competition we ask you to  abide by these rules.  If that does not work then we will strictly enforce these rules.

Lord’s Cove – Added to Targa Newfoundland September 2018 Race Schedule

For immediate release

Targa Newfoundland has recently been granted formal approval for planned high velocity closed road stages, in the community of Lord’s Cove, NL. Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.

Targa Newfoundland is very grateful for the exceptional hospitality the smaller communities of the Burin Peninsula continue to exhibit and show the competitors and event, and we hope to bring some new tourist traffic and wonderful excitement both, to Lord’s Cove this coming September.

With a current population of under 200 residents, the people of Lord’s Cove have historically relied significantly on the fishing industry.  A notable (tragic) fact in the history of Lord’s Cove was that on November 18th, 1929, a tsunami struck the town and along with killing 18 residents of the area, lay waste to nearly all the critical fishing infrastructure which supported the community.  A difficult time, to be sure, and many years of re-building would follow.

Birdwatchers currently visit Lord’s Cove to see the colonies of the ‘Leach’s Storm-Petrel’ and the ‘Manx Shearwater’ The Manx Shearwater colony is the only known colony in North America, for these shy, burrowing birds and the local Ecological Reserve also protects black-backed gulls, black guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, and Arctic terns.  Other local attractions include Sandy Cove beach and trail, The Pantry (local eatery) and the Wave Energy Research Centre.

Lord’s Cove is in the region of Chamber’s Cove; the site of the infamous United States marine disaster where the USS Truxtun and the USS Pollux went down in a ‘howling’ gale off our coast in February 1942.  The people of Newfoundland rescued and saved the lives of many people that fateful night, though 203 souls were still lost.

I still to this day, remember my grandmother (from St. Lawrence) telling me the story as she remembered it:

“everyone was covered and reeked of the black diesel fuel, from the busted tanks of the sinking ships. The men had set up ropes and pullies to bring people ashore, and the ladies were helping to clean, warm, and get the sailors to shelter…. It was bad… winds were howling…snow was blowing… you couldn’t see five feet in front of you…. People and bodies were everywhere.”

She remembers one of the rescued sailors telling them to stop cleaning his (African – American) face, as the darker skin was his natural color and was not going to wipe off! It was the first time most local residents, had ever seen a man of color. This gentleman’s name was Lanier Phillips, and throughout the years returned to Newfoundland many times to thank the people for their rescue and care for him, in that special time of need.  He had never been treated so kindly, by white people, Mr. Phillips said, and in 2011 was given honorary membership into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador for his work in civil rights in the U.S.  Mr. Phillips died on March 12, 2012, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

A memorial was opened last year in St. Lawrence, in dedication to the men and women of the region, who risked their lives; as well as, in memoriam to those United States sailors, whom we could not save.

Targa Newfoundland is very proud to be running in the community of Lord’s Cove, and we are all very much looking forward to our luncheon there!

Thank you to everyone who helped facilitate making this happen, and please contact us at volunteer@targanl.com if you are interested in participating in this (or a future) event during stages across your community areas.

Story of the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux courtesy of Memorial University Marine Archives:

St. Lawrence Monument Dedication (2017) (Southern Gazette)

Great story by Downhome magazine and a personal insight into the disaster

Contact:

Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900          rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Mike Aylward              1-709-330-5325          mikea@targanl.com

David Noseworthy      1-709-222-2053          david@targanl.com

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 event starts with our two-day optional Driving School on September 13th & 14th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 15th. Prologue Stages occur on September 16th. The actual competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

People, Places, and Supporters of Targa Newfoundland – Community of Brigus

For Immediate Release

 

(This will be a multi-part series; released weekly prior to Targa Newfoundland 2018.  We will provide insight and information into our competitors, staff, and volunteers; highlighting our supporting communities, business owners, fans and residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.)

Brigus, Newfoundland

Targa Newfoundland would like to congratulate Brigus and the supporting communities, on another hugely successful Blueberry Festival this past weekend.  Thousands of visitors and locals alike; ate, danced, and browsed tables full of local foodstuff and wares for sale, during this past unusually sunny, hot weekend.

Brigus is not only famous for the area’s (supposed) million+ pounds of blueberry export per year, but has always been known for beautiful rustic architecture, numerous lush flowering gardens, and winding narrow streets and lanes. The “greatest ice Navigator of the 20th century,” Captain Bob Bartlett, resided in nearby Hawthorne Cottage, a National Historic Site of Canada. (Sorry visitors it’s currently closed for 2018 season due to upgrades – MA)

Not far from Brigus, the village of Cupids has the honor of being the location of the oldest English colony in Canada. An ongoing archaeological dig at Cupids has unearthed over 150,000 (400-year-old) artifacts, many of which are now on display in the Cupids Legacy Centre where you can learn the history and story of all the squabbling and attack by pirates and fishermen both; that eventually led to all-hands abandoning the settlement, in the early 1600’s.

There were many “Arctic Heroes” and sea Captains, who originated from the Brigus area:

  • Captain John Bartlett, who sailed with both the American explorer Isaac Israel Hayes, and Admiral Robert Peary
  • Captain Sam Bartlett who sailed with Admiral Robert Peary
  • Captain Robert Bartlett, who was in charge of the S. Roosevelt when Peary reached the North Pole, and who later survived the wreck of the Karluk
  • Captain Arthur Bartlett and Captain William Norman, who rescued Admiral Adolphus Greely
  • Captain Isaac Bartlett, who rescued Captain Tyson and crew of the U.S. Polaris, in the Strait of Belle Isle in 1872, after drifting on an iceberg for 1500 miles
  • Captain William Bartlett, known as “the Commodore of the sealing fleet in Newfoundland”.
  • Captain William Munden built the schooner Four Brothers, the first one-hundred-ton schooner in Newfoundland (built 1819 – Brigus).

(Source: Wikipedia)

No adventure to Brigus is complete without a walk to ‘The Tunnel’… Carved out of solid rock and leading down to the harbour underground, the passageway has been rumored to have been used by pirate Peter Easton to store his looted ‘treasure’ (likely from John Guy’s nearby settlement at Cuper’s Cove/Cupids.)

Many of the towns in this area are extremely old, dating back over four hundred years, and are some of the oldest established settlements found in all of North America.

For an excellent historical account of the Brigus area, please visit the Town of Brigus website here.

For some lovely images of the area, visit the Provincial Travel and Tourism site here.

Brigus has been a long-standing host of Targa Newfoundland (Thank You!) and we look forward to racing there, every single year. The ‘Brigus Bridge’ is well known throughout Targa team circles as one of the most prolific jumps, of all the Targa stages. Many vehicles become fully airborne during the Brigus stage; to the grin of people, photographers, and drivers all!  Targa Newfoundland will be running closed-road high velocity stages through the communities of Brigus and Marysvale (head for the Baccalieu Trail) on Friday, September 21st, 2018.  We hope to see you all out there!

Contact:

Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900          rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

President
Mike Aylward              1-709-330-5325          mikea@targanl.com

PR & Media

David Noseworthy  1-709-222-2053              david@targanl.com

PR & Social Media

 

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 event starts with our two-day optional Driving School on September 13th & 14th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 15th. Prologue Stages occur on September 16th. The actual competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

Love motorsports? Volunteer with us!

With just over five weeks away until the 17th annual Targa Newfoundland, the event is short a few key positions. We require volunteers for the entire week of Targa (Sept. 15th through 21st) to go on the road with us and be active members of our Timing Teams and our Set-Up Vehicle Teams.
Timing is just that, dealing with timing gear, and recording that data for the Scorer. You would be involved in the active running of stages and have a close-up view of vehicles on the stages (within a safe distance). Training will be provided.

Set-Up Vehicle Teams are teams of two that are the first to arrive in a community. They will assist the local safety marshal’s set-up the entire stage, deal with community leaders and make sure the stage is “green” by the time the main event arrives. Training will also be provided.

Targa provides accommodations on the road; provides a meal allowance for the week on the road; provides a gas allowance for the week on the road; potentially could assist with rental vehicles (depends on the situation); provides accommodation allowance if individuals find their own places to stay during the week.

We have a strong international field of competitors this year, and a solid course to provide them. The event is known as the “Ironman of Motorsports”, not because it is easy, because it pushes man, woman, and vehicle to their limits.
If this interest you or you have any questions, please contact Leah Dalton, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@targanl.com, fill out the volunteer form via our main website; http://targanfld.com/volunteer-sign-up/.