The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

ST. JOHN’S (September 17, 2017) – Friday was the conclusion of the five days of competition for the annual tarmac rally. It was an action-filled day with lead changes on the last stages in Brigus deciding winners of classes and divisions.

In Grand Touring division, first place went to the Hume Team Media Inc. team of John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI G.P., second place to teammates Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI Countryman, and third place to brothers Paul and Mark Dennis of Ontario, in their 2017 Subaru BRZ.

In Targa Classic division, first place went to Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp of Indiana, in their 1965 Ford Mustang, second place to Bryan Bursey of Texas and Martin Cadieux of Quebec, in their 1991 Mazda Miata, and third place to Michael Wilson of New York and John Stanescu of New Jersey, in their 1990 Ford Mustang.

In Targa Modern division, first place went to another Hume Media Inc. entry, John Hume Jr. of Ontario and Justin Crant of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 2004 BMW M3, second place to Mike Humphreys and Rahim Kahn of Switzerland, in their 2004 Porsche GT3 RS, and third place to the remaining Hume Media Inc. entry of Jon Riddell and Briar de Lange of Ontario, in their 2002 BMW M3.

And in Targa Open division, first place went to Josh Collins and Matt Collins of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 1995 Acura Integra, second place to Mark Rittenhouse of Ontario and Mark Laitenberger of New York, in their 2008 Mitsubishi Evo, and third place to Richard Clark and Andrew Prill of the United Kingdom, in their 2003 Subaru Impreza.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413           rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

 

 

 

Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 14, 2017) – With one more day of competition remaining, pressure is building for all who are looking to win their classes and divisions in the annual tarmac rally. Thursday’s stages separated competitors in one division, but brought others even closer together.

In Classic division, Targa veterans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp have opened up a 48 second lead on second place Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This lead will be tough to close on Friday, but Bursey and Cadieux will try their best to do that.

In Modern division, first and second are separated by only two seconds, while third is only 20 seconds back of that.  The battle between the team of Targa veterans John Hume Jr. and Justin Crant and rookie driver Kirk Jones and Targa champion Corey Prosser will certainly be entertaining to watch.

In Open division, Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger lead Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 11 seconds going into the final stages Friday.  This division is certainly up for grabs over the final stages Friday.

In Grand Touring division, John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner are battling it out with teammates Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins for the title.  All teams received penalty times Thursday so the chance for changes in those standings is quite possible on the final day of the Targa.

Friday’s stages include John Curran Memorial (Colliers and Conception Harbour), Marysvale, Turks Gut, and Brigus.  The official finish will occur on George Street in St. John’s with a car show on the street from 7pm – 9pm.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa veterans take the lead on the third day of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 13, 2017) – As expected, mid-week of Targa usually means changes at the top of the leader board. This year’s event is no different with Targa veterans leading in each of the four competitive divisions.

However, the day started off with an unusual incident.  One of the course safety vehicles went off the road on a challenging crest that leads into a turn in the community of Lethbridge.  No injuries to the two crew members occurred.  This same corner has been the location of other incidents during previous Targa’s and is known as the place to watch the event in the community, since something exciting usually happens.

The rest of the days stages proved to be fairly entertaining and provided opportunity for changes in the standings from the previous day.

In the Grand Touring division, the former second place team of Ruth and Andrew Thorogood has retired from the event due to mechanical issues.  This now allows their teammates on the Hume Media Inc. team of Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins to move into second and only two seconds behind leaders John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner, also of the Hume Media Inc. team.  However, third through fifth place are within striking distance and can still move up the standings with two days of competition ahead.

The Open division of Targa has veterans Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger leading the local team of Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 16 seconds.  Third place pairing from the United Kingdom of Richard Clark and Andrew Prill are over one minute back but still quite capable of moving up the podium.

Modern division has another Hume Media Inc. team in the lead.  John Hume Jr. and Newfoundlander Justin Crant are tied for first place with Targa rookie Kirk Jones and two time Targa champion navigator Corey Prosser, plus the Swiss team of Mike Humphreys and Rahim Khan.

Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp are still tied for the lead in Classic division with Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This division looks to go down to the wire, with the next two days of stages being critical for each team.

Thursday’s stages are focused on Conception Bay North, specifically the communities of Harbour Grace and Carbonear.  Four stages will occur in each community through the morning and afternoon hours.  A noon car show will occur outside the Stone Jug in Carbonear while competitors enjoy a meal in the historic building.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Exciting second day of competition at 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 12, 2017) – After two days of competition at the annual tarmac rally, the standings are beginning to take shape as to which teams will be contenders by the end of the event. With several lengthy stages on Tuesday, several teams were able to utilize their speed and driving skills to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

In Grand Touring, the Hume Media Inc. team is on top of the podium with the 2013 MINI G.P. of John Hume Sr. and navigator Christina Kroner of Ontario leading, be it by only three seconds, over their teammates Andrew and Ruth Thorogood of Ontario, in their 2006 MINI G.P.  Only nine seconds back is the 2013 MINI Countryman of Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario.  This division will certainly have changes before the end of the week and is one to watch in the Targa.

In Classic division, the tie for first between Jack Rogers and navigator C.J. Strupp and the team of Bryan Bursey and navigator Martin Cadieux will continue into Wednesday.

In Modern division, a tie between the teams of John Hume Jr. and Kirk Jones for first has occurred, with the team of Harold Vanderschee only one second behind first place.  The top five teams are separated only by twelve seconds and will continue to be an exciting division to watch.

In Open division, the team of Mark Rittenhouse is tied for first with the Newfoundland team of Josh Collins.  These two teams have opened up a gap over the rest of the Open competitors, and they hope that continues with Wednesday stages.

The southern Bonavista Peninsula will be the location for stages on Wednesday, with stages occurring in Lethbridge, Brooklyn, Georges Brook, and Burgoyne’s Cove.  The event will then move to the Conception Bay North area of the province for Thursday’s stages.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Wet and wild first day of competition for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 11, 2017) – Heavy rain and high winds welcomed the competitors to the first competitive stages of the 16th annual tarmac rally. The challenging conditions played havoc with the teams as they tried to battle it out for early leads in their classes and divisions.

The Classic division currently has a tie for first place, with the 1965 Ford Mustang of Americans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp and the 1991 Mazda Miata of Canadians Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux on top of the standings.

The Modern division also has several teams tied for first place, but the bigger story is the fan favourite 2006 Lotus Exige of Stan Hartling and Andy Proudfoot is out of the Targa due to mechanical issues.  The team is extremely disappointed to be finished so early into this year’s event.

In Open division, the 2005 Lotus Elise of American brothers Scott and Mark Knott had a major engine failure which means an early exit for the Targa regulars.  The team is discussing options to potentially return in another vehicle to finish the event.  Several competitors are currently tired for first place in this highly competitive division.

The Grand Touring division has already had some separation, with the leaders splitting away from the majority of the pack.  Four teams are tied for first place and will look to increase their lead on the others in Tuesday’s Burin Centre stages.

Stages are scheduled on the Burin Peninsula for Boat Harbour, Petite Forte, Harbour Mille, Grand le Pierre, English Harbour, and Terrenceville.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:        http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

ST. JOHN’S (September 10, 2017) – The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland kicked off Sunday with 33 teams entered for what is expected to be an exciting six days of competition.

A strong field from seven countries are competing in the annual tarmac rally.  The Targa will cover over 1,500 kilometres through the Avalon, Bonavista, and Burin Peninsulas, over the coming days.

Several last minute entries from local competitors have made a couple of divisions more packed.  Josh Collins of Placentia who competes in national, regional, and local stock car series fame and recent Targa Bambina winner Andrew Warren of Marystown have tossed their hats into the Targa ring with hopes of winning the event or enjoying themselves in the non-competitive Fast Tour division.

Practice stages in Flatrock and Bauline on Sunday were successful for all teams, with no incidents reported and all crews returning to the paddock in the early evening.  Many locals also took in the car shows at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay over the weekend, with many impressed by the different types of vehicles covering several classes within the field.

The event will move their overnight location to Clarenville starting Monday and set up at the Eastlink Events Centre, with a majority of the action moving to the northern Burin and Clarenville areas of the province.  Stages are scheduled for Black River, Garden Cove, North Harbour, North West Brook and Hodges Cove.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413             rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Messages from the Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador regarding Targa Newfoundland

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador Dwight Ball have both sent their congratulations regarding the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland. They commend the hundreds of volunteers for their hard work and dedication, they welcome the competitors who are coming to Canada and the province from all over the world, and wish all involved an exciting and safe motorsports event.

Letters from the Prime Minister and the Premier are below.

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Educating and preventing youth mental health issues through Targa Newfoundland 2017

ST. JOHN’S (August 29, 2017) – Preparing for Targa Newfoundland can take months, sometimes years, for a team to be fully prepared for the “Ironman of Motorsports”. Given the term “warriors” is used for people who fight to get through mental health concerns, this team is one to watch in the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland international tarmac rally.

Kirk Jones, of Spencerville, Ontario, and his family have personally been touched by youth mental illness.  Kirk’s daughter has been battling the illness for years and is his inspiration behind their 2017 Targa effort.  Kirk, and his navigator Corey Prosser, of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, will be competing in the Targa division under the team’s “nobrain’ Racing” name, promoting the impact that mental health challenges can have on youth and their families in today’s society.

“The whole idea of promoting this cause was from the journey we walked with my daughter and the experience out of this…she is my biggest supporter and inspiration to do well at Targa, while promoting the importance of youth mental health,” explains Kirk.

“We have lived the journey; climbed mountains; chased the shadows; made life changing sacrifices; and fortunately came out the other side with scars, but generally intact as do most with treatment and assistance.  The challenges do not always leave, so you must be ever vigilant.  Realizing this does not just impact the person living with the illness, but many around them.”

Kirk and Corey will be raising funds for a number of target benefactors while at the Targa – CHEO Youth Net, Parents Lifelines of Eastern Ontario, Hotel Dieu Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, and Thrive Community Youth Network St. John’s.

While living in Australia in 1992 Kirk witnessed the inaugural running of Targa Tasmania, and decided there that someday he would compete in a Targa event.  Fast forward 25 years and his dream is coming true at Targa Newfoundland.

“Back in 1992 I had three Audi Quattro’s, so I always had the rally bug,” he explained.  “In fact, one of those competed in Targa last year (Lognay Rally Team).  I’ve watched a few acquaintances see their last circle of the sun over the past couple of years…unfortunately mortality is a great motivator.  I acquired my 2016 Volkswagen Golf R in June of last year, and in October I signed up for the Targa…been practicing and preparing ever since.”

For more information on the team and how to support their cause, please visit www.nobrainr.ca.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Port au Port Peninsula brothers compete in Targa Newfoundland in memory of late brother

ST. JOHN’S (August 22, 2017) – A team entered in any gravel or tarmac rally consist of a driver and navigator, but for one novice team from western Newfoundland, there will be three people in the car at the start of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland – at least in spirit.

Glen and Michael McCann of the Port au Port Peninsula will be competing in their first Targa Newfoundland international tarmac rally in September in memory of their late brother Peter, who recently passed away due to cancer at the age of 57.  The three had planned to compete in this year’s motorsports classic prior to Peter’s death.

The three brothers attended Targa’s competition driving school last year to learn more about the event with the intention of all three coming back to compete in 2017.  Peter’s death means the event now becomes Glen and Michael’s way of honouring their brother’s memory, and fulfilling his wish of having them holiday together.

Targa became the plan once Michael was shown one of the Targa television specials by Peter.  “I instantly loved the idea, but knew we couldn’t afford it,” said Michael.  “Peter, who was going to be our crew chief, convinced me that we could do it, and nothing would make him happier than to see his brothers taking a holiday together.”

The choice of vehicle to honour Peter’s memory is a classic 1974 Datsun 260z.  “I was restoring it when I learned about Targa,” stated Michael.  “It’s a car that my wife Polly and I have loved since we first saw it.  Glenn owned one in his younger days and enjoyed it.  No point just looking at the thing.”

The McCanns have been receiving huge amounts of support from the Port au Port Peninsula since the announcement of their entry a couple months ago.  Michael believes it is because of their roots in the area.

“Our father (Peter Sr.) was very community orientated and did what he could for it.  Our family is still the same way.  We love the area and the people that are in it.  This is why we moved back home from the mainland over a decade ago and why I hope we are receiving such support now.  We’re doing it for them, and for Peter.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Volunteers needed for Timing Teams and Set-Up Vehicle Teams

With just over four weeks until the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland, the event is short a number of key positions. We require volunteers for the entire week of Targa (Sept. 9th through 15th) to go on the road with us, and be active members of our Timing Teams and our Set-Up Vehicle Teams.

Timing is just that, dealing with electronics with display clocks, timing gear, and recording that data for the Scorer. You would be involved in the active running of stages, and have a close-up view of vehicles on the stages (within a safe distance). Training will be provided.

Set-Up Vehicle Teams are teams of two that are the first to arrive in a community. They will assist local marshals set-up the entire stage, deal with community leaders and make sure the stage is “green” by the time the main event arrives. Training will be provided.

Targa provides accommodations in Clarenville for the Monday and Tuesday on the road; provides meal allowance for the week on the road; provides gas allowance for the week on the road; potentially could assist with rental vehicles (depends on the situation); provides accommodation allowance if individuals find their own places to stay during the week.

We have a strong international field of competitors this year, and a solid course to provide them. We’ll be based out of three modern arenas in Torbay, Clarenville, and Harbour Grace. The event is known as the “Ironman of Motorsports”, not because it is easy, because it pushes man, woman, and vehicle to their limits.

If this interest you or you have any questions, please contact us at registrar@targanewfoundland.com, fill out the volunteer form via our main website, or get in contact with our Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Dalton, directly leahd@targanl.com.

2017 Targa Plates for sale to the public!

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

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

Order to manufacturer will be placed August 2nd.

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

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

Large international field taking shape for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

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

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

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

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

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

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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