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!


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


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.

Targa Newfoundland Black Friday Promo

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2 Targa logoed Melton and Leather Jacket, valued at $500.00.
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For Immediate Release- The Finish Line

For Immediate Release

Targa Newfoundland 2018 – The Finish Line.

Lack of sleep and unfamiliar roads make the days quite impressive when you are bombing around at triple the legal speed limit in three thousand (or so) pounds of steel, propelled by hydrocarbon explosions. Throw in high winds, periods of torrential rains, and the North Atlantic Ocean factor and you have a typical trifecta of Targa Newfoundland.

Just completing this race is an incredible accomplishment.  Rally, support and event teams covered well over a thousand kilometers of paved roads located in outstanding scenic locales.  The event is grueling; hard on bodies and vehicles which together pay the Newfoundland tarmac tax, over and over.

Engines failed as did clutches and transmissions. Suspensions wobbled, belts broke, tires blew… Pistons melted into engines. We saw and experienced it all. It was glorious chaos.

For a multitude of reasons, Targa Newfoundland would like to extend our congratulations to all the race teams who entered this year, especially to those who came from far and away to our little rocky North Atlantic retreat. Making it to any event in Newfoundland successfully, and on time, is an accomplishment in itself!

This year was perhaps the most grueling Targa in our seventeen-year history. Harsh weather caused difficult road conditions throughout the week, yet competitors persevered on.  The teamwork, dedication, and skillful driving was both exciting and entertaining throughout our communities while providing significant economic marketing and tourism benefits.

It is always a celebration when new communities are added to our list of Targa supporters. This year Lord’s Cove came aboard with fantastic roads, incredible hospitality, and beautiful scenery.  Although we had to navigate their tight turns in a deluge of Burin Peninsula rain, we completed their course20th with a little help from our trusty tow straps.  Then we managed to dry off and enjoy a little soiree with guitars and hot coffee at the local establishment, Nan and Pop’s Shop, The Pantry.

The home-cooked meals in Mortier, Brigus, Lord’s Cove, Parker’s Cove and North Harbour were spectacular. Twice now, I’ve eaten the chicken soup at the Mortier community hall and twice now, felt it was the best I’ve ever had.  The roads leading into Harbour Mille and Terrenceville were incredible (you MUST try them) and as always, Parker’s Cove and their mighty “Hill”, brought thrills and again a wonderful meal.

So to all the supporting communities past, present, and future; thank you for inviting us onto your streets, and into your homes, halls and gathering places. Thank you for giving us the time and comfort to hang our hats, have a chat, and make new friends. It is much appreciated and makes Targa Newfoundland the special event that it is.

Targa is not about who finishes first.  It is about who finishes. It is a race of endurance and patience and requires significant strength and courage.  It is about teamwork, partnership, and doing whatever it takes to get your fellow teams over the finish line.

We don’t race against each other as such; we race against a clock, versus ourselves. Never one-on-one, like at a drag strip, or packed together like NASCAR.  So although extremely competitive, Targa is very much collaborative, in nature. It is an endurance race for man and machine, driver and navigator.

The camaraderie I experienced that week, was a particular type of something extraordinary.  The race which is coined the ‘Ironman of Motorsports” forges strong and lasting bonds, amongst all who participate.  It is about friends, family, and future success!

There were so many memories made, and stories told, this past Targa.  We all sat around the lunch table in Lord’s Cove, de-vour-ing the spectacular fried chicken and coleslaw; listening to Canadian motorsport legend, Jim Kenzie vividly recounts some of his adventures at Targa Tasmania. It was incredible. Long time Targa veteran Jack Rogers from Indiana told us the best thing about Targa Newfoundland is the people.  “The communities all bonding together and then the people serving us home cooked meals…. This doesn’t happen anywhere else.” said Jack.  “I love coming to Newfoundland.”

Targa would like to thank our volunteers.  Those who have been with us for seventeen years, and those who are new to our ranks… We appreciate you all. This event would not be possible without your dedication, commitment, and down-home fortitude.  We were battered by rain and wind, more often than not this year, and the volunteers kept our field of teams organized, on schedule, and most importantly safe.  Job well done, you are the reason Targa Newfoundland has one of the best safety records of any international motorsport event on the planet.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Targa Newfoundland 2018, and we hope to see you all back again next year!

Please visit for a complete list of Targa Newfoundland 2018 competitor scores and individual class winners/placements.

*Pictures available Targa Newfoundland upon request

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Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900

David Noseworthy      1-709-222-2053
Mike Aylward             1-709-330-5325
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 optional Driving School on September 12th & 13th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 14th. Prologue Stages occur on September 15th. The actual 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 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.

Press Release: Targa Newfoundland- The Five Year plan.

For Immediate Release

Targa Newfoundland – The five-year plan.

Well run organizations think ahead.  Years ahead; with multi-year forecasts and strategic outlooks. There are always tactical (short-term) risks which must be addressed, however you fundamentally have to drive the strategic (long-term) goals of your business to succeed.  It doesn’t matter what product, service, or offering you have, thinking ahead benefits everyone involved.


Targa Newfoundland has a very complex tactical, operating component…  A very complex regulatory component…  And requires complicated communications, logistics, and inter-relationships, all within variable environments.  Therefore, we have historically dedicated a significant amount of our resources to those immediate (short-term) requirements and races every year.  Now we have decided to divert a little of that focus past the 365-day window; for what we feel will be to the long-term benefit of all our stakeholders.  Our communities… Our volunteers… The public servants… The competitors… The sponsors…  Newfoundlanders all.


Thinking ahead is important to none more so than our volunteers, the lifeblood of Targa.  We would not be able to operate without you, and your incredible dedication and commitment. We want to give you the best opportunity to plan your vacation or time away from whatever responsibilities one might have, to attend to.  You all take a week off work or study, out of your busy lives to volunteer for Targa; getting burnt and wet and suffering through the wind and cold. For no pay, no glory, no finish line.  So thank you, thank you, and thank you.


Targa involves complex relationships with Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels of Government. We speak with town councils and city clerks, lawyers, law enforcement, emergency services staff and sometimes in the smaller communities the Fire Chief pretty much runs the show.   Targa Newfoundland is proud to be dealing with you all, year after year so we want to continuously improve our operational processes to make things as easy as we can for you while showing our long-term commitment to the towns and communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.


We want to plan Targa for the next five years.  We are focussing on the third week in September, every year through 2023.  We would be interested in making multi-year arrangements with many of you, and will strive to make these events more efficient for all concerned.  It might make planning with Marine Atlantic or the Marystown Hotel, easier from afar, or simply allow the people of Parker’s Cove, Brigus, or any participating community; to better structure calendars and schedules.


We want to make the event more efficient considering our location is… Some might say, a tad remote. We would like to give people the opportunity to plan.  Especially considering a journey with as large an investment of time and financial resources required to simply travel here. I like cabins on the ferry but fifty percent of the time I try to get one, I’m too late with my booking.  Targa Newfoundland hopes having hard dates with a multi-year outlook for the event will better enable our stakeholders to plan and prepare.


Many of our competitors come from far away, thousands and thousands and thousands of kilometres.  It is a huge undertaking for some of these race teams to come to Newfoundland and Labrador, especially those with multiple vehicles.  They have to come by truck and ferry like the rest of us, and you know what a hassle that can be.  Now, we have established the future dates of Targa Newfoundland, for the next five years. We hope to enable our competitors from far and wide; to join us on our little rock here, just a short skip out into the North Atlantic.


Sponsors are an integral part, of Targa Newfoundland.  We appreciate your yearly support and would like to show our long-term commitment, to the event.  We will reduce paperwork in many areas and consolidate redundancies; we can better streamline and forecast out advertising and marketing campaigns; social media components for Targa consortiums can be reused and repurposed annually.  Sponsors, we appreciate your continued support.


Targa NL would like to give a special mention to the St. John’s Curling Club: RE/MAX Center, for pioneering this work with us on new, long-term relationships.


So this will kick off our strategic plan for Targa Newfoundland.  We needed a starting point, and here it is.  The dates for the next five years that we are going to race:


2019                    September 14 – 21
2020                    September 12 – 19
2021                    September 11 – 18
2022                    September 10 – 17
2023                    September   9 – 16


Everyone is invited, mainlanders and Newfoundlanders all; to this grand Targa soiree here in our beautiful Province.  Nowhere will you find the roads, weather, wind and people; little critters and big dirty moose that make this special event of ours what it is. We will help you eat cod tongues, drink screech and see the wonders of this quaint little “Rock” we call home. We would love for you to experience Newfoundland and Labrador as our guests, and join Targa Newfoundland in this race of ours, that we call the “Ironman of Motorsports.”

NOW AVAILABLE – High-level route maps for each Stage and Leg of Targa Newfoundland 2018, just two short weeks away! Visit


Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900

Mike Aylward              1-709-330-5325

David Noseworthy      1-709-222-2053

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.

Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce the scheduled Targa dates for the next five years. Mark your calendars!

September 12th  & 13th– Driving School
September 14th – 21st


September 10th  & 11th– Driving School
September 12th – 19th


September 9th  & 10th– Driving School
September 11th – 18th


September 8th  & 9th– Driving School
September 10th – 17th


September 7th  & 8th– Driving School
September 9th – 16th

Bambina Newfoundland will continue July 1st weekend as previously held, please mark your calendars as well! We are looking forward seeing all future competitors and volunteers to both events.

9.6.1 Maximum Speeds, Averages Speeds and Penalties

To all Targa Competitors:

Over the years, as this event has matured, some Targa Communities have expressed a concern about the speeds involved in the event.  Most of these concerns are simply brought about by visual experience, gossip and exaggeration.  Nevertheless, perception often becomes reality and the result is that the event becomes a victim of very exaggerated speed claims.  We have therefore decided to adjust our speed penalties so they include no only monetary fines but time penalties based on the amount on the infraction over the allowed speed.  Both these penalties will be strictly enforced.  Below is the revised section of the rules that sets out the applicable penalties.


9.6.1 Maximum Speeds, Averages Speeds and Penalties


  • Fast/Quick Tour entrants must not exceed a top speed of 130kph or an average speed of 110 kph.
  • Grand Touring competitors must not exceed a top speed of 150kph or an average speed of 125kph
  • Targa competitors must not exceed a top speed of 200kph or an average speed of 140 kph.


Penalties for Grand Touring and Targa Competitors:

Speed 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
0 – 10 kph over Warning $250.00 +

1 sec per kph over

$500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

11 – 20 kph over $250.00 +

1 sec per kph over

$500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

$1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

21 – 30 kph over $500.00 +

3 sec per kph over

$1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

$2,000.00 +

7 sec per kph over

31 kph & over $1,000.00 +

5 sec per kph over

$2,000.00 +

7 sec per kph over


Penalties for Fast/Quick Tour Competitors:

Fast/Quick Tour cash fines will be doubled due to the non-competitive nature of the division.

Speed 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
0 – 10 kph over Warning $500.00 $1,000.00


11 – 20 kph over $500.00 $1,000.00




21 – 30 kph over $1,00.00






31 kph & over $2,000.00





We trust that you will understand just how serious this issue is for the future of the event. As faster and faster vehicles enter the event it becomes virtually impossible to control the terminal speeds. This therefore becomes an issue of banning certain vehicles (which we do not want to do) and dealing with the safety of the competitors in these extremely fast cars. Some of these cars can far exceed our target speeds if they are allowed to exceed the events maximum allowed speeds.  So rather than ban certain cars we will penalize them.


For the sake of the sport and its safety, and for the sake of the competition we ask you to  abide by these rules.  If that does not work then we will strictly enforce these rules.