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/.

Targa Newfoundland Sponsors Youth Group for the Royal St. John’s Regatta

For Immediate Release

ST.JOHN’S (July 31, 2018) – Joe Dowden, the Clerk of the Course for Targa Newfoundland spent a lot of time as a youth down at Quidi Vidi, St. John’s, NL either following his Grandfather Max around or rowing with other kids from Outer Cove, NL, Joe Dowden knows firsthand the struggles of getting a team together.
Getting everyone to the pond for practice was always a challenge but nowhere near as hard as finding a sponsor, this kept Joe from participating in many Regattas. Over the last 20 years of on and off as a Coxswain and/or coach I’ve done everything from hold car washes, bottle drives, and even door to door begging for partial sponsorships at local businesses.
Seeing youth teams on the rise in the last few years is great and what the sport needs! This year’s Royal St. John’s Regatta, Joe Dowden notice few of youth teams was cutting it close to the registration deadline. Joe then approached Robert Giannou about Targa taking on one of these teams and he was all for it! These young men are the most enthusiastic fellas on the pond, we would like to wish them all the best on Wednesday, join us pond side at 10:40 as we cheer them on in the 200th running of the Royal St. John’s Regatta!
Targa Newfoundland Crew:
Coxswain             Joe McGrath

Stroke                  Jack Drake

#5                         Dylan Mcgrath

#4                         Jamie Fleming

#3                         Joshua Bonnell

#2                         Gavin White

#1                         Francis Griffin

Spares                 Camden Kearley & Sarah Healey
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 15th and concludes back in the capital on September 22nd. 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:                 Robert Giannou               1-709-682-7900                 rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Official Rental Vehicle of Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland

For immediate release

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals become the official rental vehicle of Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland for the fifth consecutive year.

ST.JOHN’S (June 4th, 2018) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that Centsible will, for the 5th year in a row, be the chosen supplier of rental vehicles.  Centsible Car & Truck Rental vehicles will provide a significant number of vehicles to transport event officials and volunteers for both the 2nd Annual Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina (June 29th to July 2nd) and for the 17th Annual Targa Newfoundland (September 15th to 22nd, 2018).

In addition to the sponsor agreement, this year will see the introduction of special rates for Targa competitors who wish to rent vehicles from Centsible. Competitors and their service crews would use these rentals to transport their people to and from car shows or for following the event as it travels throughout eastern and central Newfoundland in support of the competitors.

The partnership, which began in 2014, will continue to use a variety of makes of hatchbacks, sedans, and vans. Each of the vehicles will be assigned to a Targa team and will provide transportation to personnel as they perform their duties and assignments.

Derek Thomas, General Manager of Centsible Car & Truck Rentals, says he is extremely proud to have the Centsible logo on each rental vehicle that it provides to Targa’s volunteer teams and is excited about the special rates that the company is able to provide to competitors and their families.

David Noseworthy, Communications of Targa Newfoundland, says the event is very pleased with the service that Centsible has provided Targa Newfoundland over the previous events.  The fact they are locally owned and operated is an added bonus and Targa looks forward to another great year of working together.

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

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals is a full-service rental firm with two locations in Newfoundland, St. John’s and Bay Robert’s. Both locations offer modern cars, trucks, and vans. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.centsible.ca.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 15th and concludes back in the capital on September 22nd. 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.

Bambina Newfoundland 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. This mini version of the internationally acclaimed competition will be held from June 29th – July 2nd and will consist of three days of competition, offering 16 competitive stages on the lower Burin Peninsula. Entry for this event is a fraction of the cost of the Targa, and the overall winner will gain free admission to Targa’s 17th annual event in September 2018.


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Contact:

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

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

Websites:         targanfld.com  targabambinanl.com

Third Stage Operations Training Night

Tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM we will be starting our third class of the Stage Operations Accreditation Program.

The class will start at 7 pm and run approximately two hours each class.

Held in Classroom L201 at the Murphy Centre (building L).

The course teaches the do’s and don’ts of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol and other associated topics relevant to Bambina/Targa Newfoundland.

The course will be led by our senior management team and other special guests to follow up on specialized topics within the Stage Operations Accreditation Program.

If you can’t make it to the in-class Stage Operations Accreditation Program, an online version will be made available.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bambina Newfoundland, Targa Newfoundland or maybe both events?

Email Leah Dalton today to volunteer for 2018 season; volunteer@targanl.com.

Second Class of the Stage Operations Accreditation Program

This evening at 7:00 PM we will be starting our second class of the Stage Operations Accreditation Program.
 
The class will start at 7 pm and run approximately two hours each class.
 
Held in Classroom L216 at the Murphy Centre (building L).
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The course teaches the do’s and don’ts of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol and other associated topics relevant to Bambina/Targa Newfoundland.
 
The course will be led by our senior management team and other special guests to follow up on specialized topics within the Stage Operations Accreditation Program. If you can’t make it to the in-class Stage Operations Accreditation Program, an online version will be made available.
 
If you are interested in volunteering with Bambina Newfoundland, Targa Newfoundland or maybe both events?
 
Email Leah Dalton today to volunteer for 2018 season; volunteer@targanl.com.

Welcome Back Mark Williams

We are very pleased to welcome back Mark Williams; a long-time competitor, scorer, course setter, advisor, the governor and general factotum of Targa Newfoundland… He has quite a history of the event, to say nothing of the fact that he has the singular record of having the very first incident in Targa Newfoundland. Yup! It happened at Confederation Park demonstration in 2002 when Mark brought his beautiful Classic 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint rally car to the first Targa.

Mark was navigating, and Tom McGeer was driving when they came thundering up Allandale road and turned right into the back entrance of the building and then… Tom lost it… Big time!

Mark Williams- TARGA NL

The car spun and ended up on its left side with a very unhappy crew. But this story does have a silver lining wherein a bunch of local folks came up with a new rear axle that actually fitted the car. H&H repaired it and they managed to be in the prologue next day. Oh yes, they also placed second and overall and would have gotten first had it not been for aaaaa…. Yup another spin.

Mark has been a Targa aficionado ever since and quickly became involved with the organization of the event starting in 2002 a practice he has continued to the current year.

He has only missed being here for three events and that was in 2015, 6 and 7 for various schedule and health reasons. Mark attended the first training session of the Stage Operations Accreditation Program last night and then he will proceed to spend a week on the road with Robert Giannou setting courses for both Bambina and Targa.

We will have new ideas and new ways of doing things which we are very much looking forward to learning. Welcome back Mark!

 

 

Interest in or being a Rally Co-Driver? Check out Marks Williams book “A Guide To Rally Co-Driving”

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http://rallycodriver.com/

Stage Operations Accreditation Program

Tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM we will be starting our annual Stage Operations Accreditation Program.

Class starts at 7 pm and runs approximately two hours each session. Held in Classroom L201 at the Murphy Centre (building L).

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This four-week course is free. The course teaches the do’s and don’ts of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol and other associated topics relevant to Bambina/Targa Newfoundland. A certificate and license will be issued.

The course will be led by our senior management team and other special guests to follow up on specialized topics within the Stage Operations Accreditation Program. If you can’t make it to the in-class Stage Operations Accreditation Program, an online version is available.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bambina Newfoundland, Targa Newfoundland or maybe both events?
Email Leah Dalton today to volunteer for 2018 season; volunteer@targanl.com.

It’s National Volunteer Week!

We celebrate this week as recognition and a show of respect for all those who volunteer their time, energy and services, to the organizations they support. In this world, in this country and in this province, volunteerism would not exist without the people who do the volunteering. THANK YOU!
Targa Newfoundland and its developing child Bambina Newfoundland could not exist without the work, effort and long dedicated hours spent by those who volunteer to help and assist the event. That said it must be understood that all of the motorsport; from the World Championship Grand Prix events to the World Rally Championship, to the Autocross club events, can only exist through the work and efforts of those volunteers who love the sport. THANK YOU!
Volunteerism is probably one of the few examples of pure unmitigated selflessness in this oh-so-fast and the oh-so-electronic world. People from all walks of life joining together to help and support the sports or things they love and or care for. THANK YOU!
Some volunteers support sports, some medicine, some the disenfranchised, and some the less fortunate. But, regardless of what they support, to a person they or you, all support something bigger and better than themselves and that to me is the essence of selflessness, love, caring and personal growth. THANK YOU!
So, let’s keep up the good work! But also, let’s pause for a moment to congratulate and thank ourselves and each other because we are, each in our own way making this a better world and that is a great thing.
Sincerely,
Robert Giannou
President of Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited

20 Days until the Stage Operations Accreditation Program begins on May 2, 2018

Every spring Targa Newfoundland puts off its four-week safety training program for Special Volunteers who are planning on being out on the road with us for the Bambina Newfoundland on Canada Day long week and the entire week in September for Targa Newfoundland.

This spring is no different, with the course beginning on Wednesday, May 2nd, at the Prince Philip Drive Campus of the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Class starts at 7 pm and runs approximately two hours each session. Held in Classroom L201 at the Murphy Centre (building L).

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This four-week course is free. The course teaches the do’s and don’ts of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol and other associated topics relevant to Bambina/Targa Newfoundland. A certificate and license will be issued.

The course will be led by our senior management team and other special guests to follow up on specialized topics within the Stage Operations Accreditation Program. If you can’t make it to the in-class Stage Operations Accreditation Program, an online version is available.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bambina Newfoundland, Targa Newfoundland or maybe both events?

Email Leah Dalton today to volunteer for 2018 season; volunteer@targanl.com.

Bambina and Targa Newfoundland Update, April 6, 2018

TNL Update

Greetings!

This note is an experiment and will be sent to all those interested in or registered for the 2018 Targa Newfoundland or its child the Tom Hollett Memorial Bambina. Now that the Easter Bunny has visited (some of us are still looking for our eggs) and we have had a bit of a holiday, spring is in the air and the snow is just about gone so it is time to get very busy on the coming events. We have decided to pass any new information along with this note as well as by our monthly newsletter. This note will be focused on: Organization, Course, Communities, Volunteers and Training. The subsequent note will have a different focus. As our rules are essentially stable except for small adjustments we will only refer to them when there are changes.

Organization: We are making good and solid progress putting in place the final organizations for each of these events and will, in the next newsletter, be announcing who will be doing what for each event.

Courses: The course routes are set and we will be (weather permitting) starting the first runs this coming week. Shortly after that Joe Dowden Clerk of the Course for both events and I will be doing a detailed run of each of the courses the results of which will be given to Chris Langdon who will produce the first of each route book. Then In the first week of May, our long-time friend and course setter Mark Williams will be returning to Targa to detail both the Bambina and Targa courses after which he will return to do the event timing for Targa Newfoundland.

Communities: We have over the winter been meeting with the various communities involved in each event and can safely say that most are totally on the side and working with us to resolve schedules and any issues that may have arisen from last year or from schedules. We are making a concerted effort to bring the communities closer to the 2018 events and to assist that will be appointing a community liaison officer for 2018.

Volunteers: As most of you know our special volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the event runs smoothly. We are recruiting and rearranging the teams so they will be even more effective especially for Targa which has such a broad footprint.

Training: Our annual training and accreditation course has been scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 2nd and proceed for four consecutive Wednesday evenings. It will be held at the Brother Murphy building behind CONA and starting at 7:00 pm.

Sincerely,

Robert Giannou
President of Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited

Targa Newfoundland Announces the Newest Addition to the Management Team

Targa Newfoundland announces the newest addition to the management team

ST.JOHN’S, NL (April 1, 2018) – Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, is proud to introduce A. F. Day as the event’s first Wildlife Relations Officer (WRO). Day’s duties will be similar to those of the existing Competitor Relations Officers (CRO), who liaise with and assist the event’s competitors, with the distinction being that she will work solely with local wildlife. Her appointment is effective immediately and her duties begin with the 2nd Annual Targa Bambina which is scheduled for June 29 to July 2.

“The position of WRO has been in development for several years,” said Giannou. “Ms. Day’s list of qualifications is as lengthy and impressive as Targa’s history and I am pleased to have her join our already exemplary  team.” Giannou went on to explain that information sessions are planned for the wildlife who live in the immediate areas where Targa stages will be held. These sessions, tentatively scheduled for mid-June in Clarenville and Marystown, will ensure wildlife are aware of best safety practices, road closures and can make necessary adjustments to their schedules.

Day, who has over 30 years experience in Wildlife Management feels that birds and fish will not be affected by Targa’s presence, but land animals may have to use alternate road crossings or adjust feeding areas. “In my experience, the best way to ensure the local wildlife stays safe and has fun is to make sure they are properly educated on the event,” Day stated, “and with some advance notice they can enjoy this world-class event as much as their human counterparts.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 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 eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

Wildlife Relations Officer

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Contact:

Media: Robert Giannou, 709-682-7900, rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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Today is the LAST DAY of the Special!

Still got time to enter in Bambina Newfoundland and Targa Newfoundland!

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The offer is available until March 31st, 2018; pay full Targa Newfoundland Entry, then get the opportunity to pay a discount rate of $500.00 to enter in Bambina Newfoundland!

Participate in both great events!
*Offer applies to Targa Division, Grand Touring Division and Fast Tour Division.
*This offer does NOT apply to Quick Tour Division.

To register, contact JoAnne Brinston today!
E-mail: joanneb@targanl.com
Telephone: 1-709-549-2323

Stage Operations Accreditation Program begins May 2nd,2018

Every spring Targa Newfoundland puts off its four-week safety training program for Special Volunteers who are planning on being out on the road with us for the Bambina Newfoundland on Canada Day long week and the entire week in September for Targa Newfoundland. This spring is no different, with the course beginning on Wednesday, May 2nd, at the Prince Philip Drive Campus of the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Class starts at 7 pm and runs approximately two hours each session. Held in Classroom L201 at the Murphy Centre (building L below).

13000313_10153522491896517_6030966913709943052_nThis four-week course is free. The course teaches the do’s and don’ts of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol and other associated topics relevant to Bambina/Targa Newfoundland. A certificate and license will be issued.

The course will be led by our senior management team and other special guest to follow up on specialized topics within the Stage Operations Accreditation Program. If you can’t make it to the in-class Stage Operations Accreditation Program, an online version is available.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bambina Newfoundland, Targa Newfoundland or maybe both events? Email Leah Dalton today to volunteer for 2018 season; volunteer@targanl.com.