When the situation improves, we’ll be ready to race

St. John’s, (March 25 2020) a Statement from Targa President Robert Giannou: “When the situation improves, we’ll be ready to race at the September Targa/Bambina 2020.”

Targa Newfoundland / Bambina management staff are moving ahead with planning for the 2020 Targa/Bambina joint event.  We are looking to the future.  The Covid-19 Crisis will end and we want to be ready to run this fantastic event, with its multiple stages, in so many communities. While at present no-one can be certain of exactly when the situation will improve. When it does, we’ll be ready to race at the September Targa/Bambina 2020.

We recognise there is significant potential for postponements in the motorsport world generally but, due to our positioning in the Fall of this year, we expect to be up and running with minimum effect on our schedule. We invite all those competitors whose other events have been delayed or cancelled to come join us!  The joint Targa Newfoundland / Bambina Course Familiarization School will be held on September 10th and 11th. Registration will be on the 12th and the event of the 13th through the 19th.

We are in the process of setting up our management team and scheduling our volunteer training, which may take place a little later in the year and will be complete before September.  We will not post our training schedule yet, but we will as soon as travel in Canada and the United States normalizes.

Our regulations will remain the same. There may be some adjustments and slight policy changes to accommodate our new scoring and timing methods; but by-in-large the events rules and regulations will remain the same.

We are streamlining the event to be the best it has ever been! We are following the advice of physicians and provincial health officials, as our first priority will always be the safety and health of our fans, the communities we visit and those within the Targa Newfoundland family. 

When all is said and done, everyone invested in this sport at every level will feel rewarded.  In the meantime, please follow the rules… Wash, Sanitize, Cleaning and Avoid close contact. Seriously!

Best wishes,

Robert Giannou

Targa Update

To All of the Targa Newfoundland and Bambina Families, Competitors, Crews, Volunteers and Communities:

There is an old Chinese saying, “May you live in interesting times”. It certainly seems to be such a time for us here in Newfoundland and for all our world wide friends who come to compete in our events.  We have no doubt that we will master this challenge and to that end, we want to assure you that we are moving ahead full steam on the 2020 joint Targa and Bambina events.  It seems from what we know,  Newfoundland and most of North America will be well past the peak of the Corona Virus Pandemic and headed to much better and more normal times by the time our September 12th to 19th dates roll around. So lets get registering…

To assist you in the registration process we have, with the help of Hume Media, posted a
new, simplified and revised, single purpose entry form on the site.  Fill out your registration Part One, download it and e-mail it to us as per the instructions on the form.   That gets you registered.  Then, when you have your crew and vehicle information complete, fill out Part Two and send it in as per the instructions.

We have also for your convenience, set up a PayPal account which will make it easier for payments to be processed.  If there are any questions, please call me directly on my cell at 1-709-682-7900 or call our office at 1-877-332-2413; both of which are message managed.

In the meantime we have all heard what follows, many times in the recent days but we thought that we should summarize it for those that may have missed it.

The virus can be beaten by utilizing a few very simple, common sense rules:

  • Cleanliness is king, be fastidious about yourself.
  • Be responsible and stay home when and if possible, it is the best defense.  
  • Use soap and water frequently; wash your hands for 20 secs like surgeons do; the tops, bottoms, between fingers, under nails, and palms of hands.  Rinse your hands at an angle and if you are not in your own home, turn off taps with paper towel.
  • Wash or clean every item you took outside with you;  brief cases, suit cases, sunglasses cases etc.

We must and can stop the spread.  To do that simply follow the protocols you are given by authorities and limit your community contact.  A note about respirators and masks…  Most masks on the market except the N95 respirator are USELESS to stop the spray of bacteria after a sneeze or cough, so save your money.

Be safe, be clean, and we look forward to seeing you all in September.  Remember:  It’s all about the drive, real cars, real people, and real challenging roads.  More exciting organizational news will be coming in the next few weeks.

Stay healthy, and we will see you in September.

Robert Giannou
President

Registration Details

To all Targa and Bambina Competitors:

For those of you who do not live in Newfoundland and wonder what the delays have been in posting our Entry Forms or getting them out to those who requested them I have to advise you that we have been busy. We have had no less than 355 cms of snow up to yesterday. If that is not depressing enough there have been about 80 days of snow so far this year with some more (10 cms) coming this week. The snow pile on our front lawn is 6 meters high.

Nevertheless… We have persevered and with the help of Hume Media we have now posted our new entry forms (one form for all; the Bambina, Targa, and our Course Familiarization school). The forms, in fillable PDF format, are now posted on this web site. So fill them out and forward to rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com or may.soo@live.ca. There is a rumor spring is coming.

Now a few notes and reminders:

Those registered for 2019 will still have to complete ENTRY FORM, PART 1 of our forms to reconfirm your entry. Our insurance requires this.

  • You will have to pay the new scoring tracker surcharge which is set out on the forms.
  • If you owe a balance on the normal fee you will only be required to be required to pay the balance under last year’s rates.
  • If your car has not changed you will not have to complete PART 2 of the form.

New registrants for 2020 will have to fill out part one of the forms immediately and then provide PART 2 later. The same tracker fee applies.

PayPal… We have now embraced PayPal for your convenience. Payment@targanl.com Please bear with us for the first few days as we get used to this new system.

Remember the two events are now a joint event. And the dates are:
Bambina: Saturday to Tuesday September 12 to 15
Targa: Saturday to Saturday September 12 to 20
Familiarization School: Thurs & Friday September 10 and 11

All for now, see you in September
Robert Giannou
President

A New Joint Event Beginning

To all Targa Newfoundland & Bambina Competitors and Fans

The month of January was to be a month of change for Targa Newfoundland, but the proposed sale of the two companies behind the annual Targa Newfoundland and Bambina motorsport events did not go ahead.  Negotiations were terminated in mid-January 2020.   We decided to hold any releases until February. We are now pleased to announce the following:

Appointments:

  • Roger Grimes, Past Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (involved in the creation of Targa Newfoundland) and current Chairman of the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, has agreed to take on the position of Chairman of Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited.
  • Mark Williams has been retained to do the course Green Check and then return as Event Steward for the combined Targa / Bambina events.
  • Pete MacDonald and his EZ Track system (used by ARA, CRC and Ontario Region) has been retained for timing and scoring the two events.

Targa Newfoundland 2020:

  • Will follow an eight-day format: Registration Saturday Sept 12, Prologue Sunday 13, Competition Monday 14 – Friday 18, Awards on Saturday 19.
  • Will overnight in the following communities: Saturday and Sunday – St. John’s, Monday to Wednesday – Marystown, Thursday – Clarenville and Friday and Saturday – St. John’s.

Bambina Newfoundland 2020

  • Bambina will be blended into Targa where it will run as an additional class within the Targa event.
  • Bambina will follow a four-day format: Registration Saturday Sept 12, Prologue Sunday Sept 13, Competition Monday Sept 14 and Tuesday 15.

Course Familiarization School

  • The school (mandatory for first time license holders and new-comers) will be held on Thursday and Friday September 10 – 11.

Management Team   

Joe Dowden appointed Clerk of the Course, Chris Landon Media Relations, Nancy Dowden Chief CRO.  Leah Dalton Course Audit and Mike Davenport, a super experienced past competitor will return to guide and supervise the Fast Tour entrants.  Anthony Butler will assume responsibility for Stage operations assisted by Matt Dowden who will be Assistant Clerk of the Course. The remaining management team members will be announced in future releases.

Entries:

We wish to thank those who registered for Targa 2019 and waited through the postponement period.  We are grateful for their support and hope that they will all join us for the Return of Targa. We have not yet accepted any new entries, but we are ready now and have approximately 20 on the wait list. These two groups, when combined, make up more than 2/3 of the number required to make the joint Targa/Bambina 2020 event a great success.

Alita Whynot is our Registrar and either she or I are now open and ready to take your call or answer your questions about this fabulous week of motorsport. Call or e-mail us now at:

 Alita Whynot                       C: 1-709-746-0783 or E: alitarwhynot@live.com

Robert Giannou                  C: 1-709-682-7900 or E: rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Or call our office toll free at 1-877-332-2413

Help us celebrate this first Joint Targa / Bambina event with us. Register now by calling or emailing either of the above people…
Let’s get this fantastic on the road.

Competitors are the key first step in Targa Newfoundland 2020

One person can’t make Targa Newfoundland happen, but a motivated group certainly can!

Targa has never been a one man show. It has always been the result of the collective effort of competitors, communities, volunteers and sponsors. That’s what we are assembling now for the 2020 return of Targa.  Let’s start with competitors.Since our announcement, I’ve heard from many, many former competitors who’ve called and written to share their memories of the event and wish us success in bringing the 2020 event to life. Obviously, there’s no event without competitors so that’s the starting point in our renewal plan.

To get a minimum of 40 entries that we need to run Targa 2020, I’m challenging the many terrific competitors who have been with us in the past to come back for 2020 – and bring a friend!

Our list of past competitors stretches into the hundreds. For some, it was a once-in-a lifetime experience. But for many more, it was an annual ritual that brought them to the event year after year. So whether you came to Targa once or a dozen times, I’m challenging you to come to Targa 2020 to help make the magic that simply isn’t available anywhere else in North America. Come back for the great friendships, gorgeous Newfoundland scenery, tremendous Newfoundland hospitality and a driving experience like no other.

Targa 2020 is your opportunity to re-live the one motorsport event that will stick in your memory forever. Whether you’ve been a Targa division competitor, a Grand Touring entry or driven the Fast Tour, we want to see you on the stages next year. You can make it happen but you have to start planning today!

As always, call my cell at 709 682 7900 to talk about being part of history in 2020 or email me at rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com.

Sincerely,

Robert Giannou
President

PR- Targa: Is it Safe?

For Immediate Release
ST. JOHN’S, NL (June 21, 2019)

By: Mike Aylward

Targa: Is it Safe?                                                                                                                       

Safety is a subjective term.

Safety can be about time. Safety can be about accepting risk.

I think safety is about taking responsibility for your actions.

No doubt, “safety” and “safe” are subjective terms. They tell us it is “safe” to get on an airplane travelling at 1000+ Kph at 35,000+ feet in the air.  Really. Mmmhmm.  And if they lose their propulsion system? Or the “autopilot” puts them into a dive…  What safety protocols kick in then?

I can confidently state I feel much ‘safer’ travelling at 90 miles per hour, a few feet above sea level, in my own vehicle; one in which I can also personally vouch for its operational integrity.  We put much trust in others when travelling commercially.

Getting in my Mustang and hammering it around a few turns is not something I would consider unsafe.  Now were I about to take an Olympic ski jump at 85mph or enter a UFC ring, or even get on one of those aforementioned airplanes and skate up to around 35,000 feet… I might say a few hail whomevers.  I have no control and therefore feel the risk is higher.

I guess it boils down to the fact I much prefer to be in charge of my own fate.  To me, anything else is just not safe.

So can we actually measure, how “safe” something is?  Can we really compare planes, trains, and automobiles? And then, when they are out of control?

They have been telling us for years that flying is the safest mode of travel. However in my mind, if there IS an incident; your chances of survivability, are basically nil; certainly if you are a mile or two up… Skydiving? Same deal.  Not for me nope.  Bungee Jumping? Nada.

Point being, what I consider to be safe, may not be the same as the person sitting next to me.

Another example… I was watching the news the other night, and a Newfoundlander made it to the summit of Mt. Everest.  Wicked job buddy!  But you wouldn’t catch me doing it.  Nooo, sir.  Did you see the caravan of dozens of people on those teeny tiny ledges of snow and ice? Fellas beating past each other to get to the very top?  And then many had to step OVER a deceased climber to get down out of it? Sweet honourable frosted tomatoes in the garden bys… SAFE?  I’ll take my chances at 200kph in a steel cocoon under my own control any-day.

Air travel safety statistics are not really directly comparable to automotive safety anyway, as there is no “likelihood of injury vs death” metric for us to use.

Much of the focus in automotive safety is survivability.  We know there will be crashes, no matter what variables we manage to control… So the industry has placed more of a focus on helping drivers and passengers, race officials and spectators all; make it to the end of the race injury-free.  Airline safety is not about survivability, it is about preventing catastrophic system failure. So their research and development dollars are probably not going into the seat restraint systems or safe spectator algorithms.  Safety has a different foundation in that industry.

As with everything, history has taught us much about safety. But not without cost.

Auto racing got its first big safety wake-up call in 1955 at the 24 hrs of Lemans.  After a collision with another car, one of the vehicles left the track at over 100+ mph and careened into the spectator stands.  Over 80 people were killed. It was the worst crash in history.

After that, public and sponsor support for auto racing significantly dropped so aficionados started forming clubs and organizations dedicated to standardizing safety protocols around drivers/vehicles, spectators, and races.  Eventually, significant progress was made in terms of safety of the spectators and events but the risks to the driver, have never fully been eliminated.

When the tires ultimately break loose on a Targa car, we know exactly how the machine is going to behave under most circumstances.  Ninety-nine percent of the population has no idea how their vehicles will react in emergent types of situations or maneuvers. We practice them. I feel safe when this happens.

There are both average speed limits, and maximum speed limits enforced across all Targa classes during competition. Targa class also requires full roll cages, racing harnesses, fire suits and other special safety equipment. Driver and vehicle are about as “safe” as they can be, during Targa Newfoundland.

Every year Newfoundland Motorsports offers its competitive driving school where entrants are trained in the finer points of safety and racing specific to Targa Newfoundland events.  I can personally attest, it is an excellent school and Targa Newfoundland’s (already excellent) track record has been improving steadily since its inception.

# # #

Targa NL Media:
Local: 709-722-2413
Toll-Free: 1-877-332-2413
E-mail: media@targanl.com

Be a smart spectator.

Stand at least 10 meters from the road.

Choose high ground.

Never stand on the outside of a turn.

Never stand behind red tape.

Always stand – Never sit down to watch.

Did you know Targa-class requires:

  • Full roll cages equipped in cars
  • Fire suppression system or multiple fire extinguishers
  • Flame retardant nomex racing suits, gloves and shoes
  • Recently certified (within 5 years) Snell approved helmets
  • HANS Device (Head and Neck Support)
  • Multi-point harness restraint system
  • Underhood electrical short prevention
  • Competition Drivers License
  • First aid / Safety Training

Quick Facts:

  • Participating vehicles have driven over 5,000,000 kilometres of NL roads
  • Competing vehicles have driven 250,000 kilometres of closed road competitive stages
  • Stages have been hosted by 120 different communities
  • Those 120 communities have hosted 890 stages

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2019 event starts with our two-day Driving School on September 12th & 13th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 14th. Prologue Stages occur on September 15th. The competition will start in St. John’s on September 16th and concludes back in the capital on September 20th. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometres of closed-road, high-velocity Targa stages.

 

 

Limited Targa Volunteer Openings Available!

Love motorsports? Want to compete in Bambina Newfoundland or Targa Newfoundland but can’t. Then volunteer with us! Help the sport help you! Learn the event up front and personally. Become part of the very special and select group people that run the events. We have just…

Four weeks to the 3rd Annual Bambina Newfoundland from June 28th to July 1st, 2019;

Four months to the 18th Annual Targa Newfoundland from September 14th to 21st, 2019.

There are a limited number of openings for Stage Operations Teams. Support the sport we all love. Volunteer for either Bambina, Targa or both! Event operations training sessions will begin shortly.

These positions will require you to be available to travel as a member of our Event Operations Group – performing Timing or Set-Up duties:

Set-Up Vehicles set up the stages to ensure they run timely and safely. They work closely with communities and their volunteers.

Timing Teams run the stages, score the competitors and present the results for the Scorer. They work closely with competitors.

We provide accommodations, a meal allowance while on the road and a gas allowance for those that are required to use their vehicles.

If you wish to participate contact Leah Dalton, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@targanl.com or fill out the volunteer form on our website; http://targanfld.com/volunteer-sign-up/.
or Call: 709-722-2413 / toll free: 1-877-332-2413

MINI Canada offers Contingency Award Program

MINI Canada offers Contingency Award Program

MINI Canada offers Contingency Award Program for the 8th year in a row to Targa Newfoundland MINI competitors.

MINI Canada and Targa Newfoundland are proud to announce that for the 8th 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!

*For more information about the rules and regulations are available from MINIMotorsport@MINI.ca or by contacting the Targa Newfoundland office at rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com.

2019 MOTORSPORTS CONTINGENCY PROGRAM PAYOUT REQUEST FORM

Specials for the 2019 Targa Year

There is always a certain amount of fussing about Targa specials so we decided to announce them as a group this year with specific start and finish dates. They are all set out below for clarification but if there are any questions please call Alita Whynot 1-709-746-0783 or Nancy Dowden 1-709-769-2412.

Bambina Entry Special:  Effective immediately, continues until the Bambina registration.
Enter Targa at full price (any division) and the entrant will receive the opportunity to enter the Bambina event for $500.00.  Effective from now until the start of Targa Newfoundland.

Bambina Guest Entry Special.  Effective immediately, continues until July 1st, 2019.
Enter Bambina at full price and the entrant will receive a gift certificate that can be given to a friend to enter the two Bambina Prologue stages for free with the option to finish the Bambina Tour for $800 (a saving of $395).

Bambina or Targa Team Entry Special.  Effective immediately, continues to the Targa event. Enter a team of three cars in the Bambina event and/or Targa event and receive 20% off each entry. This discount is event specific and applies to all entries for the team.

Targa Guest Entry Special.  Starts on July 1st, continues to the Targa event.

Enter Targa at full price and the entrant receives a gift certificate that can be given to a friend to enter two Targa Prologue stages with the option to finish the Targa in Fast Tour for $3,000 (a saving of $995).

Conditions: 
No pyramiding or stacking of these specials. You pick the special that most benefit you. All entrants on payment plans (who wish to participate in this contest) must have their balances paid in full.

Come on in… Experience Real People Driving Real Cars on Real Roads

Call Now 1-877-332-2413

Garnish Confirms for Both Bambina and Targa Newfoundland!

Andrew and Jason for Garnish story

This year we have returned to Garnish for both the Bambina and Targa events.  Garnish is the home of Targa’s biggest fan Jason Nolan who has, since he first saw Targa Newfoundland, became more and more part of the event. Jason in the early years was adopted by Rick McLeod who in turn, brought the Pacione team (a vast enterprise, complete with its espresso machine and travelling cook) into the event and introduced them to Jason. Jason as a result, acquired his own team uniform, driving suit and an electronic wheelchair which was organized by Rick and the Pacione team.  On our first visit to the community’s town hall, we met Jason. Since that first time, Jason has been a fixture of Targa and its biggest fan in the community. We do heartily thank Garnish and its council for inviting us back, and we will do our absolute best to put on a really good show. The courses for Bambina will run from Frenchman’s Cove to Garnish while the Targa course will run through both towns.

Two new Targa Prologue Stages!

Prologue

We are pleased to announce two new Targa Prologue Stages!

Picture credit: Town of Bay Bulls

For the upcoming 2019 Targa Newfoundland, we have moved our Prologue stages to the famous southern shore of the province. The communities of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay have agreed to host Prologue day for Targa Newfoundland. The whole Prologue day will start in these two communities beginning with the early morning drivers meeting held in Bay Bulls before we run the two stages in that community. Lunch will be held there as well, and then we will be off to Witless Bay for the Prologue stages followed with a car show for Targa local fans. This will be a significant refresh after spending the first 18 years of Targa Newfoundland in the community of Flatrock and surrounding communities who hosted prologue stages.

These two communities have a fascinating history and are the home away from home for those of Irish extract. They are the first communities to be known in Newfoundland as the Irish Loop.  Both communities are actively focused on tourism in the area with two whale watching vessel operations operating out of Bay Bulls alone.  Bay Bulls is also host to the second sea base for the servicing of our offshore oil industry.  Witless Bay, of course, is home to the largest Puffin colony in the North Atlantic which of course will have a special meaning to Targa competitors.

In Memory of Steve McKelvie

Steve Mckelvie

We lost a great friend and competitor recently.  Steve McKelvie passed away. Steve was a multi-year Targa Newfoundland competitor with Rick McLeod (who has also passed) and Harold Von Langsdorff. Steve was different sort of guy; smart, knowledgeable, intense, focused, and temperamental but still very funny. When he and Rick McLeod got together, you could be sure that someone else was going to get gray hair.  Rest in peace Steve, we will remember you, but you will be missed!

It’s that Time of year again.

Andrew Warren Mustang Story

It’s that Time of year again. Time to prepare for Bambina Newfoundland!
You are maybe wondering, what is Bambina Newfoundland?

Written by Andrew Warren.

I had been driving a Mustang GT for nearly 20 years before entering that first Bambina… I thought I knew my car! I thought I had forced it, about as good as I could have; and certainly imagined myself a decent driver. Probably as good as half of those fellas on TV… Right? Sigh. Wrong. I had NO idea. When you strap yourself down, check the fire extinguisher, windows up, helmet on. It gets real! When you have enough road, and can legally hammer that thing around the next turn as comfortable as possible;

The cars sat crackling and popping as they cooled off after the third or fourth race of Targa Bambina 2018, and twenty-five of us sat on the wall by Appleby’s in Burin exhilarated. Grinning ear to ear and as happy as could be. Most of us, honestly could not recollect a single moment in our lives, that was as exciting; as what we had just experienced. It was the stuff that made little boys dream! Driving our machines as we had always envisioned; on wide closed roads, with no oncoming traffic, around the cliffs and into the tree-laden landscape of our beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is almost, indescribable.  It felt like fire and lightning in our veins! We were blessed, calm and grateful for the opportunity, all at the same time. Brake your limit…or your car’s… Let me tell you something. That is when you truly understand your relationship with your vehicle.  Moreover, perhaps yourself.

So back to the subject. The Tom Hollett Memorial Bambina is a scaled-down version of Targa Newfoundland. Bambina means “child” or “little one,” and it requires less time, less investment, and less equipment. Because the speeds and regulations differ slightly from the full Targa, teams can enter and race for less than a thousand dollars, over a three-day weekend.  You will be trained on Bambina rules and regulations, competition etiquette, and directed safety protocols for road racing.  It is an excellent opportunity for local amateur racers to experience something only available in exclusive areas of the globe, for a fraction of the price these events usually command.

I made friends for life at that first Bambina, and am stoked to rerun Canada Day weekend. There is indeed nothing I am more looking forward to, seeing my buddies again, the incredible home-cooked meals in the communities, and even our cracked, old heave and fro’ patchwork pavement.  Navigating our roads, at speed; is an experience you will not soon forget.

Newfoundland Motorsports would like to thank everyone for the early entries into the 2019 events.  We are indeed up to par and more than equal to previous years.  Targa Newfoundland will have some new brand promotions soon, so keep your eyes open for Targa and Bambina gear giveaways and specials

More to come profiling some of our early entrants, returning competitors, and new stages for 2019!

New Contest

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.