2017 Bambina Review Book & Team CD’s by Ralph Saulnier

Long-time event photographer Ralph Saulnier is selling his 2017 Bambina Review Books and CD’s of images taken during the event, plus team specific image CD’s.

The book is $20 ($25 if needs to be mailed) and can be picked up during Targa week locally (we’ll have copies at the office too). Please email Darren at registrar@targanewfoundland.com or contact Ralph at ralph@ragincajun.ca to place an order for the Book. More information is available below

If you’d like a CD of images or team-specific images, please contact Ralph directly. More information is on the image below.

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Father/daughter relationship will be tested at 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (August 15, 2017) – One normally wouldn’t associate the stressful conditions of being inside a hot, noisy rally car barreling down a strange country road at over 150 km/h as the first choice of bonding time between a father and daughter.  Yet, for George and Laura Greig, that’s exactly what the two Americans have decided to do in September’s annual Targa Newfoundland international tarmac rally.

George, of Miami Beach, Florida, is the veteran of some world renowned international rallies, such as the Chihuahua Express of Mexico and the Run to Monaco (London – Monaco) rally.  He has also attended high performance driving schools by Porsche and Audi.  Laura, of New York City, New York, is a motorsports rookie, however is a quick learner and recently completed rally school at the Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park, which has given her great confidence for the Targa.  They’ll be competing in George’s 2017 Ford Focus RS in the Grand Touring division.

“I don’t have any racing experience, so in preparation for this trip we spent a couple days together at the school,” she says.  “They gave us some really fun and fantastic instruction.  I barely knew how to drive a stick in the morning, and by the afternoon I was downshifting through handbrake turns, my face sore from smiling.  I think Targa is just the beginning of my motorsports career!”  George quickly added, “It’d better be!”

The anticipated result for the Greigs is to finish with Finishers Medallions, but also Targa Plates – awarded to teams that complete all stages within their assigned times.  George was hoping Laura would agree to be his navigator for the event, and she didn’t disappoint.

“She said yes before I could finish asking the question,” he explained.  “We are both avid road trippers, always looking to build our understanding of the vehicles we love.  We’re doing this for the experience; anything else we bring home would be a bonus.”

Both look at the Targa as an adventure and bonding opportunity.  Since they live far apart on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, and share nomadic tendencies, it’s always fun to have a location-based activity to share.  The Targa happens to be the activity of choice this time.

“Neither of us has been to Newfoundland,” she says.  “But we have Canadian roots, so we look forward to exploring a new province.  Dad pitched it as a place not enough people get to see, so wild and isolated.  I’ll try not to look at too much scenery while navigating!”

The Greigs have big shoes to fill.  Another father/daughter team out of the U.S., Carson and Lauren Scheller, won Grand Touring division in 2015, and competed together in last year’s 15th anniversary Targa.  This year, Carson is competing without his daughter, who recently got married and is focused on her career and new family.  He’s still coming to Targa to make new memories that he’ll share with Lauren upon his return to California.

“We understood from the start that rally is a team effort, which involves trust in each other,” states Carson.  “We each have a responsibility depending on what side of the car we’re seated.  Our goals have always been to be safe and have fun, and that has led to success.  Certainly we, as all have, ups and downs in the car, and sometimes all within a single stage.  That is rally.  Yet, at the end of each stage, we fist pump, comment on what just happened and move onto the next stage.  Rally creates memories and I’m grateful I have created them with my daughter Lauren.”

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 kilometers 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

Volunteers needed for Timing Teams and Set-Up Vehicle Teams

With just over four weeks until the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland, the event is short a number of key positions. We require volunteers for the entire week of Targa (Sept. 9th through 15th) 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 electronics with display clocks, 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 local marshals 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 be provided.

Targa provides accommodations in Clarenville for the Monday and Tuesday on the road; provides meal allowance for the week on the road; provides 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. We’ll be based out of three modern arenas in Torbay, Clarenville, and Harbour Grace. 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 us at registrar@targanewfoundland.com, fill out the volunteer form via our main website, or get in contact with our Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Dalton, directly leahd@targanl.com.

2017 Targa Plates for sale to the public!

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Currently taking orders for Targa Plates – $10 each (add $5 if mailing them out is required).

Can be as few as one character, up to a maximum of four characters – can be numbers, letters or combination.

Order to manufacturer will be placed August 2nd.

Call Darren at 1-877-332-2413 (locally 722-2413) or email registrar@targanewfoundland.com to place an order!

Remember, need orders by August 2nd! Delivery will be late August/early September.

Large international field taking shape for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

 ST. JOHN’S (July 18, 2017) – The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally is a little over seven weeks away, and there is a considerable international contingent registered for this year’s event.

With the recent success of the first annual Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina tarmac rally held earlier this month, which had a large number of local competitors, and held only on the lower Burin Peninsula of the island, focus has now shifted to the main Targa event.

The Targa will run in areas of the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas of the island, and cover over 1,500 kilometres in five days of actual competition.  The international motorsports community is becoming excited and the number of competitors from all over the world attending the Targa is proof of that.

Competitors from Canada include those from Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta;  Americans from California, Texas, New Hampshire, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.  Internationally, competitors are from the Turks & Caicos Islands of the Caribbean, with European entries from Switzerland, Monaco, and the United Kingdom.  Targa has never had competitors from either Switzerland or Monaco, so the overall list of countries which have taken part in Targa during its history is closing in on 15.

“The increase in the international competitors for this year’s event is quite exciting,” stated Targa President Robert Giannou.  “Pulling competitors from rally hungry counties such as Switzerland and Monaco is quite a step forward for Targa Newfoundland.  We have our unique motorsports adventure here that is not available in those countries, and I’m glad these competitors have decided to make the trip over for it.”

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 kilometers 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

Rule Change – Rule 5.16 Water or Methyl Hydrate

Today we have edited a single point under Rule 5.16 in both the Bambina and Targa rule documents. Please see below:

Rule 5.16 currently states that “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is not permitted.” This rule applies for both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

As of June 15, 2017, this rule will be changed to the wording of “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is permitted.” This rule change will apply to both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

Any questions regarding this rule change is to be directed to Mr. Joe Dowden (joe@targanl.com).

Lucas Oil Products back for an incredible ninth consecutive year as major sponsor of Targa Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN’S (June 7, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that Lucas Oil Products Inc. has reaffirm its commitment as a major sponsor of the event, for an incredible ninth consecutive year. Lucas will once again be the official motor oil of the internationally renowned tarmac rally.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the North American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels.  Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again, with the end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

“Our relationship with this event, and in particular President of Targa Robert Giannou, is much more than just an event supporter, it has become a personal relationship with a shared believe in the excitement and value of bringing a truly unique and world class motorsports event to the racing community in North America,” states agent for Lucas Oil Products in Atlantic Canada, John Coyle.  “Lucas Oil Products, more than any other lubricant company, recognizes  the importance of sponsoring all forms of racing, from the grass roots level all the way to Targa and everything in between,  and it has been good for the brand and our loyal customer base.  I look forward to another successful event with many new stages and locations!”

“The challenge is to maintain strong, long-standing sponsors who have a direct connection with either Targa or motorsports in general,” explains Targa President, Robert Giannou.  “The fact that Lucas has stood by us, not just for nine years, but nine consecutive years, shows that they have very strong faith in our event and our place within the motorsports community.  Our work with Lucas, and specifically John, has produced a business partnership and friendship that both sides take value in.  We welcome Lucas back for our Sweet Sixteen event!”

Lucas is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry.  A premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace.

“These types of unique motorsports events are a perfect place for Lucas Oil Products,” states Tom Bogner, Director of Motorsports Administration for Lucas Oil Products.  “We have the opportunity to reach many different, unique and powerful cars, such as Ford Shelby GT 350’s from new to classic, to the best that Europe has to offer, such as Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and the list goes on.  We are very proud to be partnered once again in 2017, and wish all the competitors the greatest of success this season.”

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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Contact:

Media:                Melissa Jenkins  709-743-4837                        melissaj@targanl.com

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

MINI Canada continues to support the Legacy of Motorsports

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MINI Canada offers Contingency Award Program for the 6th year in a row to Targa Newfoundland MINI competitors.

MINI Canada and Targa Newfoundland are proud to announce that for the 6th year in a row MINI Canada will provide the Contingency Award Program. This program rewards those competitors using a MINI and who finish first in their competitive division, to receive $3,000.00 CDN directly from MINI Canada!

*rules and regulations are available from MINIMotorsport@MINI.ca or by contacting the Targa Newfoundland office at registrar@targanewfoundland.com.

Full MINI Canada release is here, so go take a look! It even mentions 2-time defending Targa Modern champions, and Newfoundlanders, Billy Anderson and Max Cline Abrahams!

Team Hume featured in MC2 Magazine

The magazine all MINI owners must have is the MC2 Magazine, which basically is everything MINI, all the time. John Hume Sr. and members of his team are proud MINI owners, both as their daily drivers and the vehicles they use each year in the Targa Newfoundland. The 2016 Targa was no different, with Team Hume having two MINI GP’s entered in the Grand Touring division, and both finishing on the podium.

Christina Kroner, who is one of Toronto’s biggest real estate agents, is becoming quite the rally driver and navigator, and has competed with the team for the past several Targa’s. She also took the time to write the featured article, along with Sr.’s help, that is in this month’s MC2 Magazine.

For those looking to subscribe to the magazine, or want to check out their website, the address is http://www.mc2magazine.com/. Christina’s article is below in PDF format for your reading enjoyment.

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Easter Special – Savings on all entry fees!

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Spring has sprung! And with that, Targa’s having an Easter Special until the end of April!

Save hundreds on the current entry fees! $600.00 off Targa, $500.00 off Grand Touring, $300.00 off Fast Tour, and $150 per day off Quick Tour!

These prices will not last! These are the best prices potential competitors will receive before the 16th annual Targa begins in September! If you have been waiting to enter, don’t wait any longer!

Contact registrar@targanewfoundland.com or 1-877-332-2413 for more information or to enter! You can also download the entry form off the Targa website or submit your basic entry information into the competitor entry section.

Special Volunteer Training – April 8th and 9th

Stage Operations training for Special Volunteers – those who accompany the event on the road for the entire event (Bambina and/or Targa) is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th.  The training will occur at the Murphy Centre on the College of the North Atlantic campus, Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s, from 10am – 6pm daily, in classroom L-201.

Training is open to anyone who wishes to be trained in specific duties for our events. Training includes learning how to operation timing equipment, radio procedures, emergency response protocol, setting up stages, and other related training. Any Special Volunteers who already have valid Stage Operation certificates for the 2017 season and feel they are prepared for the events, do not need to attend this training. If you feel certain aspects of your training needs updating, then by all means come along. Rookies or those who require re-training must attend this session if possible. If you are not able to attend, the online presentations along with the testing module will be given to you at a later date, however you must register with the Volunteer Coordinator to make sure you receive the documents.

The full weekend training will give greater focus on the information and putting it to use with practice situations either in the hallway or outside (weather dependent).

If you’d like to register for the course, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Leah Dalton at leahd@targanl.com. There is no cost to take this course.

 

ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland

ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN’S (March 16, 2017) – For a second year in a row, ChumpCar Canada and Targa Newfoundland has entered into a cross sponsorship agreement. Two of the biggest names in Canadian motorsports will once again promote one another at public functions and at each other’s event.

The agreement provides ChumpCar Canada access to all potential competitors of Targa via promotion on the Targa official website, marketing material, logo placement on banners, and decals of each series on all competitor vehicles during the 16th annual Targa this September.

In return, Targa receives promotion on the ChumpCar Canada website, marketing material being available at all ChumpCar Canada events during the 2017 racing season, a large Targa banner placed within the paddock at each event, and decal placement on all ChumpCar Canada competitor vehicles.

An incentive for competitors in each event is that with the agreement, the overall winner of ChumpCar will receive an entry into Targa in for 2018, and the overall winner in Targa with the least amount of penalty time this year will be able to compete in a ChumpCar event in late 2017 or choose an event during the 2018 racing season.

Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, is pleased that another sponsorship agreement has been renewed for the 2017 Targa.

“The agreement last year worked very well.  Seeing our decals on the ChumpCar Canada competitors’ vehicles and at the tracks gives Targa promotion we never had before.  Being able to pull in new competitors is important for a healthy entry list, and another year for this agreement will continue to do that.  It really shows the great motorsports community we have in this country.”

Wendy Edwards, Executive Director of ChumpCar Canada, echoes Giannou’s excitement with the agreement.

“We at ChumpCar Canada are excited to be partnering with Targa Newfoundland for the second year in a row in this cross-sponsorship program.  Racing is alive and well in Canada and we hope by promoting each other’s events and series that we enlighten and educate even more Canadians about Targa Newfoundland and ChumpCar Canada.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

The agreements have been hatched at the last couple of Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo’s in Toronto, where ChumpCar Canada, along with Targa, have booths and are regular participants on the discussion Road Racing Panel.  Each booth promotes the other’s events and series via decal placement on booth vehicles and other marketing materials available for potential competitors and spectators, while providing a great platform for discussions between counterparts in the racing community in Canada.

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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Contact

Wendy Edwards 519-215-1948 wendy@chumpcarcanada.com or info@chumpcarcanada.com

Competitors/Media:      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’s coming to Motorama!

TARGA @ MOTORAMA THIS WEEKEND!

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If you’re in the Toronto area, don’t forget to make an effort to come down to the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Targa Newfoundland will have one of the largest booths at the 3rd annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo!

Friday, March 10th, 10am – 9pm
Saturday, March 11th, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, March 12th, 10am – 5pm

Stop by the booth and meet members of management, senior volunteers and 2017 competitors! NobrainR Racing will be represented with their 2016 VW Golf R and Bandit Racing with their 2004 Subaru WRX STi.

Our major sponsors Lucas Oil Products, Hume Media Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, and Action Car & Truck Accessories will all be represented in the booth during the show.

Interested in registering for Bambina or Targa? Questions about building a car for either event? Then make the trip down to the show and visit our booth!

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems signs three year sponsorship deal to supply alcohol & drug testing equipment to Targa Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN’S (February 27, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce a three year sponsorship agreement with Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS). The deal will provide Targa-related activities and events with alcohol and drug testing equipment, on-site personnel from ACS to oversee and train Targa officials, and ACS having officials on-site to promote products and safety protocol to the public.

ACS will work closely with Targa over the next three years to provide testing equipment to support Targa’s alcohol and drug testing policies and support prevention, education and awareness with respect to impaired driving; working in close collaboration with Targa and other global partners to conduct on-going research and educate and inform the public on the issues related to road safety and responsible driving habits.

“ACS is pleased to be the exclusive alcohol and drug-screening partner of Targa Newfoundland”, states Felix JE Comeau, ACS Chairman & CEO.  “Safety is everything with Targa Newfoundland and ACS has always been focused on developing Life Saving Innovations that keep our roads and communities safe.  As a Canadian company in operation for over four decades our alcohol and drug testing products are used globally.  With Newfoundland and Labrador having the highest rate of police-reported drug-impaired driving rates in Canada and St. John’s being the highest rated CMA (census metropolitan area) for impaired driving across Canada, tools to improve road safety are critical. We look forward to working with the Targa Newfoundland team to ensure a safe event for participants and the general public and the benefits this partnership will create to raise awareness of the significant risks associated with alcohol and drug impaired driving.”

Targa will utilize the ACS ALERT™ J5 Portable Breath Alcohol Tester to detect alcohol usage with its competitors and volunteers.  The ALERT™ J5 provides highly accurate breath alcohol test results within seconds and allows the user to store results in memory or print with an optional Bluetooth printer, which Targa will use.  All competitors are tested each morning before the start of driving activities.  They must blow .00 or face penalty and/or suspension from the event.

The DrugWipe® Oral Screening Tester will also be used for both random and specific drug-testing.  DrugWipe® can detect six potential drug groups, including: cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines and ketamine.  The DrugWipe®  screening device can detect drugs in saliva, sweat and on all surfaces, with over 97% accuracy.

“The facts don’t lie, and the need is there to increase testing for alcohol and drug use in this province,” explained Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland.  “We have a zero tolerance on alcohol use with our competitors when they are preparing to navigate on our closed stages and public roads, and now we can also test for drugs within their systems.  Safety is our #1 priority.  Having a three year sponsorship agreement with ACS is going to open so many doors for them and for us, to co-promote and get the word out about keeping our roads safe and having a safe motorsports event.  We look forward to dealing with ACS for many years to come.”

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) is an international group of companies with over 40 years of experience developing innovative technology to prevent impaired driving.  A leading designer/manufacturer of ignition interlocks and breath alcohol testers, ACS provides products and services to law enforcement, automotive, industrial, public and personal safety markets and is the exclusive distributor of DrugWipe®  in North America.

For additional information please visit www.acs-corp.com

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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Contact:

ACS                  Tony Power      416-619-3500              tpower@acs-corp.com

Competitors/Media:      TargaNL            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