Lucas Oil Products named Gold Partner of Targa Newfoundland for eighth year in a row


ST. JOHN’S (February 22, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that international motorsports powerhouse Lucas Oil Products has signed on to be a Gold Partner for the 2017 Targa Newfoundland. It will be the eighth year in a row that Lucas has been involved with Targa on this sponsorship level.

Lucas Oil Products, which started sponsoring Targa in 2009, is the official motor oil and additive provider for the event.  It has once again decided to continue its involvement in the only Targa motorsports event in the Northern Hemisphere and North America.  The unique type of motorsport, assortment of weather conditions, and the different types of engines present throughout the classes and divisions of the event, has given Lucas Oil Products an incredible amount of testing time during the previous seven years, and the brand is strongly associated with the event throughout the province.

Lucas has a simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere.  Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective.  Through innovative product research – such as the research done at Targa Newfoundland – along with an aggressive marketing program, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the North American truck stop industry.

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, developers at Lucas have produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry, and are used annually at Targa Newfoundland.

“Lucas Oil Products USA is proud to be partnered again in 2017 with Targa Newfoundland,” explained Tom Bogner, Director of Motorsports for Lucas.  “We all enjoy the connection with our love of motorsports.  We wish Targa and your competitors a very safe and enjoyable racing season.”

“Extremely pleased to have Lucas back for an incredible eighth year,” an excited Robert Giannou, President of Targa, expressed when asked about his feelings of the renewed contract.  “Lucas is one of our longest consecutive sponsors, and one of the biggest sponsors we have had over our 16 year history.  The fact they continue to support our exciting and unique motorsports event speaks volumes to the commitment and hard work both Lucas and Targa put into continuing this partnership on a yearly basis.”

Lucas Oil Products will be represented at Targa by Territory Manager John Coyle, who annually makes the trip from Halifax to witness the event and ensure Lucas products are available to competitors and fans.  Lucas will have products available for all competitors of this year’s Targa, to be provided on site at Registration Day, September 9th.  John will be on site throughout the week to answer questions from the public regarding Lucas Oil Products and what specific lubricants would work best for their own vehicles.

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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Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413 (709-722-2413)

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Valentine Day Special – No Taxes!


Tired of getting ties? Box of chocolates? Flowers that’ll be tossed in the trash in a week or two? Why not give your partner, the love of your life, something truly special. No, it isn’t diamonds, it is better than diamonds! Sign them up for Targa Newfoundland!

Until the end of business, February 15th, Targa and Grand Touring divisions will have no taxes on their entry fees! That’s a 15% overall savings! We’ll even allow payment plans on that new price if that helps with entering!

Click on the Rates link at the top of the page (look up) to see the current entry fees for all divisions. Entry form is available there too.

For specific questions on rates, entry, or anything else Targa, email Darren at or call 1-877-332-2413.

*Special only applies to Targa and Grand Touring divisions. Cannot be used for other divisions or events. Cannot be used for competitors already registered in the event. Full or down payment must be made by February 15th in order to officially be registered. Does not have to be a love one, can include friend, complete stranger, professional counterpart.

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals re-signs for a 4th year as the official vehicle rental company of Targa Newfoundland


ST. JOHN’S (February 7, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that it will, for the 4th year in row, use the vehicles of Centsible Car & Truck Rentals to transport officials and volunteers for the Sweet Sixteen (16th annual) Targa Newfoundland event, with scheduled activities from September 7th – 16th, 2017.

An addition to the agreement this year are special rates for Targa competitors who wish to rent vehicles from Centsible.  Competitors and their service crews would use such rentals for transport to and from car shows or following the event throughout eastern and central Newfoundland in support of competitors in case of breakdown or incidents.

The partnership, which began in 2014, will continue with the use of several makes of hatchbacks, sedans, and vans.  Each vehicle will be assigned to assist Targa personnel with their duties and special assignments, that will utilize each vehicle to its maximum potential.

Derek Thomas, General Manager of Centsible Car & Truck Rentals, is extremely proud to have the Centsible logo on each rental vehicle that it provides to Targa’s management and volunteer teams, and is excited about the special rates offered to competitors, which should increase business for Centsible.

“Targa is a professional motorsports event and we really like how the volunteers use our vehicles to represent that fact while performing their tasks,” stated Derek.  “We had a great experience with Targa the last few years and we didn’t hesitate to continue being a partner with them in 2017, their Sweet Sixteen event.  The addition of the competitor special is an element we are excited about, and feel it’ll increase our business from the event even more.  Being locally owned and operated, supporting a home-grown event such as Targa Newfoundland is something we are proud to do.”

Darren Sheppard, General Manager of Targa Newfoundland, is very pleased with the service that Centsible has provided Targa over the previous events.

“Dealing with Derek and his knowledgeable staff is a pleasure,” explained Darren.  “They have always been quick with answers and provide professional service to our officials and volunteers when picking up and dropping off the vehicles, which I’m sure will carry over to competitors who use their vehicles.  The fact they are locally owned and operated is an added bonus and we look forward to another great year working together.”

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals is a 100% Newfoundland owned and operated business and salutes Targa for partnering and supporting local business.  Centsible is proud to be a part of a world-class motorsports event that has brought millions of dollars to the Newfoundland economy and supports many local, national, and international charities during its long history in Newfoundland and beyond.

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals is a full service rental firm with three locations in Newfoundland, offering modern cars, trucks, and vans, through rentals, leasing, and sales.  For more information, please check out their website at

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

Websites: –

Regular Rate Entry Fee ends January 31st!

A reminder. The end of the Regular Rate Entry Fee is January 31st. That’s next Tuesday. After that, price goes up for all divisions of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland.

If you wish to register for any of the Targa divisions, call 1-877-332-2413 or email to book your spot in the ‘Ironman of Motorsports’. Major credit cards accepted. And we do monthly payment plans, if that is a route you’d like to go!

Don’t miss out on this bucket list item! Closed public roads, being seen on Targa’s review television show, and meeting some of the nicest people on this planet! Sign up today!


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

Websites:   –   –   –

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


Benefits of registering for Targa 2017

Thinking about registering for Targa 2017? Curious about what you ‘get’ for the entry fee? Well, see below:

– Entry into your class/division of Targa
– Tickets to all lunches/meals supplied by communities/groups associated with the event
– Award Gala tickets for driver/co-driver*
– Tickets to social functions for driver/co-driver*
– Event Insurance (closed-road stages only)
– Public liability & property damage (up to $5 million for any single incident)
– Medical coverage (secondary to the competitor’s own)
– Luggage transport for each venue change (St. John’s to Clarenville, Clarenville to CBN, CBN to St. John’s)
– Merchandise and decal kits for driver/co-driver at Registration
– Official Targa license plates (does not include vinyl plates)

*does not include Quick Tour participants

September 7th & 8th is our Driving School; 9th is Registration/Tech, 10th is Prologue Day, 11th – 15th is competition, 16th is Awards Gala.

Oh, and don’t forget the adventure of a lifetime. Chance to be on television and social media feeds. Meet interesting locals and competitors. See this beautiful province up close and personal (hopefully not too up close and personal though).

Contact Darren at for details or call 1-877-332-2413. Be happy to get you signed up for the ‘Ironman of Motorsports’!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Targa!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Targa!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us during 2016 and who’ll be joining us for the 16th annual Targa in September. Also a big thank you to the communities, Local Service Districts, and organizations who contributed in an assortment of ways to help the event out. And thank you to the competitors and teams that register each year!

The office will be closed until January 4th so if you want to spend your Christmas money on either a Bambina or Targa entry, please email or leave a little note below. We’ll get back to you!

Keep in mind, the discounted Bambina entry ends at the end of December so if you are seriously considering joining up for this fun time down on the Burin peninsula during Canada Day weekend, then do so within the next week!


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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*Images available upon request


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

Websites:  –

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

Early bird Targa entry fees end in two days (Thursday)!

Quick Tour – $700.00 per day, max of three days.
Fast Tour – $3,495.00 (non-competitive division)
Grand Touring – $5,695.00 (competitive TSD rally)
Targa – $6,595.00 (competitive, pure racing machines)
*all prices add 15% HST

Reasons to enter the 16th annual Targa in the next 48 hours:

– Best rates, plus we have monthly payment plans to help with the cost as it is spread out over the next 9 months.

– Enter early and focus on preparing your vehicle, logistics, team, etc. over the next 9 months.

– Be on television, with our 2017 review show that’ll air in early 2018.

– Be able to promote your entry, team, and sponsors for 9 months prior to the event.

– Take advantage of room blocks that Targa has at hotels in St. John’s and Clarenville before they are all booked.

– Enter and potential be able to enjoy the thrill of the celebration in the history community of Brigus. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Email Darren at or call 1-877-332-2413 to register and obtain more information about the event.


Officially accepting entries in Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina!

Bambina year logo

Anyone who is interested in signing up for the Bambina, please contact Darren at I’ll email out the Rules, the Entry Form Part 1 & 2, and the Competition License form for both the driver/co-driver must have in order to compete.

Currently, the Part 1 Entry Form would be the main document to register; the other stuff can be completed and paid for over the next few weeks and months.

$500.00 for Fast Tour; $1,000.00 for Targa Bambina (add taxes to both).

I’ll also need an image or two of the vehicle you are entering in the event to post on social media and the Targa website once we get that section completed (another week before we have the Bambina section up on the Targa site).

Please tell your friends who are interested, and get the word out! Take advantage of the Early Bird registration. Certainly would make a great Christmas gift! And don’t forget, Targa’s accepting registration as well, so enter both if you really want to have the full Targa experience!

Volume 2 TNB Rules and Regulations

2017 TNB Entry Form

Black Friday Special (all week long)!

Black Friday specials

To all potential Targa Newfoundland competitors, this Special will certainly interest you.

Starting Monday, November 21st and continuing until end of business Friday, November 25th, Targa will be holding a Black Friday Special, for the entire week!

Discounted entry fees on both Targa and Grand Touring divisions! This offer is even more special due to the strong U.S. Dollar, with potential American competitors saving over 30% because of the exchange rate alone!

Targa division Special – $5,995.00 CDN
Grand Touring division Special – $5,195.00 CDN
*taxes not included in above pricing*

These will be the lowest prices available, and once they are gone, they are gone!

If exploring the province, participating in Targa and checking it off your bucket list, and potentially being on our 2018 Targa television review show interest you, then you must enter NOW!

Contact for entry forms or pull the form off the Targa website.

Some conditions apply.

Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina officially on the start line

ST. JOHN’S (November 14, 2016) – Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited is pleased to announce that plans to hold a Targa Bambina competition during the Canada Day long weekend in 2017. This mini version of the internationally acclaimed competition, will be held from June 30th – July 3rd and will consist of three days of competition, offering 16 competitive stages on the Burin Peninsula.

At the conclusion of the 15th annual Targa in September, it was obvious that there was strong demand for increased competitive motorsport activity within the province.  With over one hundred competitors involved in the recent Targa, it became clear that another secondary event could be supported, this one by mostly local competitors.

This smaller version of the Targa is designed as a compact, three day adventure, instead of the grueling week-long event that is held each September.  Two categories will be featured in the Bambina event for competitors to choose from – Grand Touring, the competitive division, and Fast Touring, the non-competitive division.

The Bambina gives the opportunity for people with an interest in motorsports to try their hand at stage rallying, without having to commit to the time and effort that the full Targa would involve.  Entry for this event is a fraction of the cost of the Targa, and the overall winner will gain free admission to Targa’s 16th annual event in September.

Tom Hollett was an immense supporter of the tarmac rally and embodies what Targa Newfoundland is all about.  He was larger than life and created what he dreamed of.  Targa will assist the Oldest Colony Trust, a registered charity that Tom created, that creates and maintains public amenities such as historical buildings, recreational areas, and trail systems in the Burin area.  Funds generated by the Bambina, through nightly car shows, the use of community accommodations , and other initiatives, will go directly to the Trust, to support this worthy cause.

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 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.

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

Websites:   –   –   –

Targa Newfoundland Volunteer Blitz

‘Experience the Drive’ as a Special Volunteer with Newfoundland’s most fabulous annual international event.

When? Sunday, November 20th,
Time? 1pm – 3pm,
Where? Targa Newfoundland offices, 303 Thorburn Road (Atlantic Building) Suite 2-D,
Parking? Available in front of building

Targa will be holding a volunteer blitz, for anyone interested in volunteering with the 2017 event, which will be held between September 9th to 16th. Members of the Targa Operations team (all senior long service volunteers) will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Signup sheets will be available.

Some of the benefits to volunteering are:
• Live a week-long adventure with accommodations, meals, and transport paid (some restrictions apply)
• See the beautiful Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas
• Be up close and personal with drivers and their teams (people come from all over the world).
• Experience a unique and most exciting motorsports adventure.
• Earn volunteer hours (for high school students).

Refreshments will be served – also will be selling remaining 2016 Targa jackets in various sizes (makes a great gift)! $50.00 each! And you can order special Targa license plates on site! $10.00 each! Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come meet some of the people who help organize this fabulous international event, and start getting excited for Targa 2017!

For more information, contact or call the office at 709-722-2413.