New Contest


Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited announces the first contest based on who can deliver the most new entries to either of the two 2019 events.

The competition is open to all Targa Officials, Competitors, Crews and Volunteers.

If you want to participate please call Alita Whynot at our office to register;

  • o: 1-709-722-2413
  • tf: 1-877-332-2413
  • c:  1-709-746-0783

Alita will record your name etc. so you can be scored as you bring in entries.

The Prize; an all-inclusive seven day trip to Cuba for two.  (Certain restrictions will apply)

The following are the contest rules:

Points will be awarded for each new entry brought to Targa or Bambina.

  • A new entry will not have not entered Bambina or Targa event since 2016.
  • To be credited as an entry the competitors must be have paid the entry fee.
  • A paid Targa entry will be awarded three (3) points per entry.
  • A paid Bambina entry will be awarded one (1) point per entry.
  • To qualify, contestants must accumulate a minimum of six (6) points.
  • Entries will only count if they are received at posted entry rates  (including any specials)
  • The contest will start Wednesday March 24th.  Entries already received will not qualify for points.
  • The contest will run until September 16, 2019.
  • Gift Prologue entries will not count unless they enter the balance of the event.
  • In the event of a point tie earliest entry will win.

15th Anniversary Melton Targa jackets for sale!

2016 is Targa Newfoundland’s 15th anniversary event. To celebrate this achievement and this remarkable event we are introducing the 15th Anniversary Targa Newfoundland Crested Melton Jacket!

This one time only issue, beautiful black leather and Melton wool jacket will have the Targa Newfoundland 15th Anniversary logos stitched on the left front chest and entire back of the jacket!

With the 15th Anniversary event fast approaching next September, you will want to have this limited offer piece of Targa memorabilia. The image of a jacket without logo is below for reference purposes. The cost of these jackets is a very special C$250.00 (retail value C$350.00). You can personalize your jacket with your name stitched on the front right breast or arm (please specify) for $15.00 extra. HST and shipping not included. Please identify your jacket size when ordering.

The jackets will be ordered on January 4th so have your order in by then as there will be no further orders. Delivery will take place in late January or early February.

Email with your order and payment information or call 1-877-332-2413 and provide all necessary information for your Melton Targa jacket!

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Past Issues

Here is where you will find several past issues and current newsletter. If you’d like a copy of an earlier newsletter, please email and reference the year/month or the article within it.

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If you know of links to articles that are related to Targa, please contact us and let us know what the link is.

2017 Newsletters

TN Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 12

TN Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 11

TN Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 10




Lucas Oil Challenge

Targa Newfoundland is very proud and pleased to announce that for the eighth consecutive year Lucas Oil has become a major partner of Targa Newfoundland. In celebration of this, the events 15th Anniversary year and in cooperation with J. D. Coyle Sales Inc., the Atlantic Canada agent for Lucas Oil products, we are pleased to announce the creation of the:

Lucas Oil Targa Newfoundland Challenge:

How to enter:
• Enter Targa Newfoundland.
• Contact the event registrar Darren Sheppard and register for the Lucas Oil Challenge.
o Provide the quantity, grade, weight and type of oil (synthetic or regular) you will require.
o Provide details of the engine type make etc.
o Agree to have the results, photographs and material about the car used for such publicity that Lucas may require
• Lucas Engine oil will be provided to your specifications by the Lucas representative at the event.
• The provided Lucas oil will be complementary as recognition of your entry into the Lucas Oil Challenge.
• Entries will not be accepted after registration.

The prize
• A free entry into Targa Newfoundland 2017.
• The entry will be awarded, in the form of a certificate, to the Targa or Grand Touring competitor that accumulates the least penalty points during the 2016 15th anniversary event.
• The competitors scores will be taken from the final finishing scores when posted.


Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday Special!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American competitors, former competitors and fans!

With that, Targa is having a Black Friday Sale! Black Friday is a huge world-wide sales event. Astounding prices are offered on many goods and services. We are no different!

From now until midnight tomorrow night (November 27th) Targa is offering $1,000.00 off the advertised Targa and Grand Touring entry fee price! *Offer open to everyone (not just Americans), only offered between stated times, must pay full entry fee amount (no payment plan), does not apply to those already entered or entered on previous specials. Other conditions may apply.

Please email to obtain your entry fee or for more information. Can also call 1-877-332-2413 for more information (leave a message if no answer). If contact is made between the hours above, you’ll apply for the discount!

Americans paying in U.S. funds also have an approximate 25% discount due to the exchange rate, so you’ll save even more! Act now!

Targa featured article in December issue of Inside Track Magazine!

Received our Inside Track Magazines in the mail yesterday (thank you guys)! In it, the main article in the magazine is about our 14th annual Targa Newfoundland held this past September! Image below is some of the article in the magazine. You’ll have to purchase the magazine to read the entire piece.

Images of the winners, other great shots, quotes from winners, and a really good article written by Jenn Earle out of Nova Scotia (who has been to the event and is a racing nut herself). Images by our hard working photographer Ralph Saulnier (great shots mate)!

It’s the December issue of Inside Track, so look for it on shelves at your local bookstore or magazine spot. Also can order online at Inside Track Magazine and the website is pretty cool for all motorsports info in general, so added bonus there!

These are the same guys that put off Motorama in Toronto in mid-March that we’ll be attending, so they certainly know their car stuff (and are really great people, love dealing with them). Go buy the magazine peeps!

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Remembrance Day discount to veterans and serving armed forces members

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and the Commonwealth. We pause to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to allow us the freedom to do the things we love in this country.

As Targa’s Thank You to veterans and current serving members, we are taking $1,000.00 off the advertised price of entry into Targa and Grand Touring divisions for the next week. At end of business on the 18th of November, this special will end. We ask those who know veterans or serving members of the armed forces to share this post and let those who are interested in Targa or motorsports in general, that if they wish to enter Targa, then do it now!

Two things are needed in order to apply for the special rate:
– proof of being a veteran or current serving member of the armed forces.
– Either the driver or co-driver has to be a veteran or current serving member of the armed forces (both also can be however the discount will still be $1,000.00).

Please contact for more information or to register for Targa 2016.

Review video of Open Class & Overall 2015 Champion Jean Luc Bergeron

If you have 13 minutes to spare, then you really need to watch this GREAT video of what Targa is all about! Put together by Open Class and Overall Winner Jean Luc Bergeron and his crew, it shows what Targa is all about, and how 4 guys can prep a car and win the event.

Also, very cool story on why they did it in the first place. A promise that was kept, right to the end. Enjoy!

New look website launched for Targa Newfoundland!

It is with great pride that the Targa Newfoundland Board of Governors introduces the start-up of Targa’s new website.

Today our main website,, has been updated and given a brand new look! Developed and designed by the hard working staff of Hume Media Inc., the new website brings in the information from the old website, but sets it out in a much easier layout with faster downloads. A specific “Results” page for past results and where the 2016 results will be posted is easily to access. Clicking on any of the main headings will open up other subcategories once the new page loads. These subcategories include the 2016 Entry list, News, and other information that competitors and fans can access.

We at Targa Newfoundland are thrilled with the layout and how the updated website will allow users to easily gain information and access to other social media sites related to Targa.

“This new website created by Hume Media Inc. really shows the creativity and the amount of effort that can go into such a site”, said Giannou. “The new Targa site will provide fans the option to see the entries, read about the latest news and access our YouTube, Twitter and other social media feeds all through the main website. And it’ll give possible competitors the option to learn about the event, by seeing what past competitors have to say about the event. They can continue to register directly on the website, just as they did with the old one.”

Updates to the main website will continue over the next couple of weeks. Additional headings and pages will be added, such as the newsletter sign-up and forum access, as well as images of past years that need to be uploaded. New entries will also be added to that section as they officially enter the 15th Anniversary Targa.

Burlington, Ontario based Bluesun entry 3rd at Targa and raises $9,400.00!

Simon Tomlinson and Stewart Wigg also raised money for their charity, Team Brother Bear, of $9,400.00! Article also talks about Simon’s stunt driving…ahh…attempt at stunt driving. All good mate! The boys are coming back in 2016 so all good!


Canada’s Biggest…Is Getting Better!
March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at Toronto’s International Centre
TORONTO, ON // OCTOBER 9, 2014 • Just weeks after wrapping up another successful edition of Targa Newfoundland, organizers are already preparing for 2016, which will be the 15th anniversary of the event. That includes the announcement that the promotional campaign for Targa 2016 will kick into high gear at the 2nd annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The show takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at Toronto’s International Centre.
According to Targa Newfoundland president and founder Robert Giannou, Targa’s annual appearance in Toronto is a key component of Targa’s promotional campaign.

“It’s our biggest window in our biggest market,” said Giannou.

“The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo is a huge attraction for us. With almost one-third of the country’s population in and around Toronto, it’s an amazing opportunity for us to promote Targa Newfoundland. And the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo appeals to a broad base of car owners, which allows us to introduce ourselves to all those people and the people who come to see the cars.”

The inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo took place in March of 2015 and combined the traditional custom car and hot rod show at the International Centre with the long-running Canadian Motorsports Expo. Building upon the success of the inaugural show, the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo is expanding in 2016 to fill all of Halls 1 & 2 at the International Centre. The additional space will accommodate more vehicles and displays.
The Targa Newfoundland display will feature multiple examples of race-ready machinery, along with their drivers and support crews. Organizers of the Targa will also be on hand to answer any questions, while encouraging potential entrants to give the unique automotive event a try.

“In addition to our display, we try to have an entry-based contest for those in attendance for Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo visitors,” said Giannou. “More details will be available in the future on our newly re-designed and more user-friendly website, created by Hume Media, starting in November.”
The 2016 Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo also marks the fifth anniversary of the partnership between Motorama and Targa Newfoundland organizers.
“We are very proud of our ongoing relationship with Targa Newfoundland and are looking forward to being a part of such an important milestone in 2016,” said Motorama co-founder David Weber. “Targa Newfoundland was a big supporter of the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo and we are very grateful for their participation and support,” added Motorama co-founder Greg MacPherson. “And most importantly, Targa Newfoundland holds a unique place in Canadian motorsport and continues to get better year after year!”

As an added bonus in 2016, Targa Newfoundland organisers have created the Quick Tour, which is based on a minimum one day of entry to a maximum of three days. The Quick Tour is attached to the Fast Tour division, which is not a competition, but the Quick Tour will have a pace car in front of the group and will need all licenses and correct documentation supporting your entry to enter. Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo visitors interested in trying Targa Newfoundland will have a chance to sign up for the Quick Tour or any other division of Targa at the 2016 show.

“The Quick Tour is a way for us to give people on the fence about experiencing the Full Targa Newfoundland event a taste of what it is like to drive on some of Canada’s most beautiful and challenging roads,” said Giannou. “We know you’ll be back; your first time will not be your last!”
ABOUT TARGA NEWFOUNDLAND: Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2016 competition will start in St. John’s on September 12 and concludes in Brigus on September 16. The Awards Gala will be held September 17. The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages. Information on Targa Newfoundland can be found on the website,, or by telephone, toll-free, 1(877) 332-2413.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email The show’s website is located at

Targa Newfoundland Diary

The GT-40 of Mark McDonald & James Bergeron certainly caught the attention of many while they were here at the Targa. James, an accomplished automotive journalist…he’s paying me to say that…j/k…was writing about the whole experience from start to finish, while learning the route book (I witness him bringing his cup of coffee into the arena and sitting down at the Notice Board table each night, highlighter and pencil in hand, going at his route book as if it was the rescue book to the zombie apocalypse).
Both came with a mission, to have fun, but try and obtain their Targa Plates. That didn’t happen due to their mishap on Leg 3, but they did finish 2nd in their Class none the less.
Enjoy James’s thoughts on his experience, the event as a whole, and the memories he made while here!

2016 Targa Newfoundland Entry Fees & New Division

2016 Targa Newfoundland Entry Fees

Separate fees for all divisions this year (new to Targa) and we’ve added a new division, the Quick Tour, which is based on a minimum one day of entry to a maximum of three days for those who wish to enter and see what the event is like, but not spend the entire week attached to the event. This division is attached to Fast Tour so it would not be a competition, it doesn’t need a roll cage, but you will have a Pace Car in front of the group and will need all licenses and correct documentation supporting your entry to enter. Those in Quick Tour will not receive a Finishers Medallion at the Official Finish in Brigus. All other divisions will receive their Medallion if they are able to cross the finish line.

Add 13% HST to all fees below for total entry fees

Local teams take top spots in several classes and divisions of Targa Newfoundland 2015

ST. JOHN’S, NL (September 18, 2015) – The 14th annual Targa Newfoundland competition came to a close on Friday in the historic town of Brigus, with many of the winners being local entries.

The chilly, early autumn weather didn’t dampen the competitors or their supporter’s attitudes at the end of the event. Provisional winners of classes and divisions were announced in the centre of Brigus by Targa President Robert Giannou.

The Open division winner turned out to be Jean Luc Bergeron and his co-driver of Yvan Turcotte, both of Quebec. It is their first Open division championship at the Targa. They beat out defending champion Mike Davenport and Brad Benson, both of Ontario.

The Modern division winner is a local team who participates in local rally cross for practice. Billy Anderson and Max Cline Abrahams drove their MINI exceptionally well and it was certainly noticed by other competitors and fans.

In Classic division, the local team of Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser beat out a similar Mazda Miata for first place in the division.

Grand Touring Equipped winners of Marinus Damm and Renee Damm of Oregon, U.S.A. were quite surprised to win the division, as they had not been in the lead at any other point during the week.

Grand Touring Unequipped was won by a rookie team to the event consisting of Carson Scheller of California, U.S.A. and Lauren Scheller of Arizona, U.S.A.

The last remaining function for the 2015 Targa is the formal Awards Gala to be held at the Canadian Forces Station St. John’s on Saturday. This will be the final event of the 2015 Targa Newfoundland.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2015 competition will start in Torbay on September 13 and concludes back in St. John’s on September 18. The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including more than 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.