Stage Operations Accreditation Program begins May 2nd,2018

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Event Photographer

It is now official; Holyrood native Curtis Walsh will be the photographer for both Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events for 2018. Being a long time spectator of the Targa Newfoundland event has enriched his experience of capturing live action shots of hot rally vehicles zooming right before his camera lens.

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Curtis, what are your current hobbies?” asks David. “Well,” replies Curtis, “I am heavily involved in the local car scene since 2013. I attend most car shows such as the Drag Racing events at Eastbound, Capital Subaru – NL Subie Expo, the annual Hickman Show as well as the A&W lot nights on Kenmount Road, St. John’s. I also spend time fixing my Subaru STI and racing my dirtbike at the local MX track on the Avalon Peninsula.”

“In previous years Curtis, as a Targa spectator which was your favorite stage to capture photographs?” “Definitely the famous bridge in Brigus, the final stage!” he chuckled. To that, he added, ” I appreciate the opportunity to work with the competitors and their crew members as well as with the volunteers this year. The most fun part would be making new friends.”

Being directly involved in the Bambina and Targa events this year, Curtis will be on the stages capturing live shots against our beautiful summer/fall Newfoundland scenery for which we are famous for. Curtis’s work can be viewed on his Facebook page under “Curtis Walsh Media. He can be contacted directly by email curtis.walsh@outlook.com to view or order any past Targa prints.

 

 

Targa Newfoundland Welcomes Third Generation of Managers

Targa Newfoundland is very proud to announce the appointment of Luke Frampton as Stage Operations Assistant Coordinator. Luke has been a volunteer with Targa Newfoundland since 2015; he was part of the timing personal on the Stage Operations Team eventually moving over as Stage Operations Commander. He has held this position for the past three years.

Luke will be working closely with Matt Dowden, Stage Ops Coordinator as they start planning the Stage Operations personnel for the upcoming Bambina and Targa Newfoundland.

Robert Giannou, President of Newfoundland International Motorsports stated; “In the events that Luke Frampton had participated in, he has shown himself to be an extremely able problem solver and very popular with the operations personnel. As one of the first representatives of the third generation of Targa managers, we are proud to have Luke on board.”

Luke Frampton Stage Operations Assistant Coordinator
Luke Frampton
Stage Operations Assistant Coordinator

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Targa Newfoundland Schedule!

September Schedule 2018

Sept. 15th (Saturday) – St. John’s Area
Registration, Tech, Meetings and Evening Car show at Torbay, Jack Byrne Arena

Prologue, Sept. 16th (Sunday) – St. John’s Area
Flatrock, Bauline, Evening Car Show overnight in Torbay, Jack Byrne Arena

Leg One, Sept. 17th (Monday) – Burin Peninsula area
North Harbour, Black River, Garden Cove, Jean de Baie, Spanish Room, Rock Harbour, Evening Car Show, overnight in South Burin(Location to be decided).

Leg Two, Sept. 18th (Tuesday) – Burin Peninsula area
Baine Harbour, Rushoon, Parkers Cove, Boat Harbour, Petite Forte, Beau Bois, Evening Car Show, overnight in South Burin (Location to be decided).

Leg Three, Sept. 19th (Wednesday) – Burin Peninsula area
Frenchman’s Cove, Path End, Burin, Marystown, South Burin (Location to be decided).

Leg Four, Sept. 20th (Thursday) – Burin Peninsula area
Mooring Cove, Harbour Mille, Grand Le Pierre, English Harbour, Terrenceville, Evening Car Show overnight in Clarenville Event Center.

Leg Five, Sept. 21st (Friday) – Avalon North area
North West Brook, Colliers, Marysvale, Turks Gut, Brigus, with Finish on George St.

Targa Newfoundland to be Based out of Southern Burin for 2018 Events

For Immediate Release

Targa Newfoundland to be Based out of Southern Burin for 2018 Events

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 12, 2018) Targa Newfoundland and Targa Bambina were invited back to run stages in Marystown in the fall of 2017.  Meetings this past week with officials in Marystown and surrounding area confirmed that Targa will run the majority of its stages in the Burin Peninsula basing its activities out of Marystown for three nights and four days. 

Targa Newfoundland stages will run throughout the Burin Peninsula on a schedule to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Nightly car shows will be held in Marystown, Burin, and other communities.  The influx of competitors for these 2 events together with their support crews and Targa officials will provide a significant economic boost to the area. 

Robert Giannou, President of Newfoundland International Motorsports, expressed great satisfaction with the way that the “Targa Days” are evolving. Mayor Sam Synard echoed his comments and added that a local committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Mayor Gary Myles has been appointed and will look after coordinating the many social events to be run during “Targa Days”. He hopes that all communities in the area will coordinate any social events they’re planning with this committee.

Mr. Giannou confirmed the preliminary schedule and requested that any towns wishing to be part of “Targa Days”, please contact Mr. Myles or himself at 709-682-7900 or at rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com. It is hoped to have the schedule finalized by March 1st.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

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

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Lucas Oil Products Inc. back for an incredible tenth consecutive year as major sponsor of Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (January 16, 2018) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that Lucas Oil Products Inc. has reaffirmed its commitment as the major sponsor for the tenth consecutive year of Targa and second year for Bambina Newfoundland. Lucas will once again be the official motor oil of the internationally renowned tarmac rally.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the North American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions on all levels.  Envisioning a need for better lubricants in the industry, the Lucas people went to work again with the result bringing a line of high-performance engine and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

“Our relationship with Lucas Oil” said President of Targa Robert Giannou, “is much more than just an event supporter.  It has become a personal relationship with a shared belief in the excitement and value of bringing a truly unique and world-class motorsports event to the racing community in North America.”  John Coyle for Lucas Oil Products in Atlantic Canada states, “Lucas Oil Products, more than any other lubricant company, recognizes the importance of sponsoring all forms of racing, from the grassroots level all the way to Targa and everything in between, it has been good for the brand and for our loyal customer base.  I look forward to another successful event with many new stages and locations!”

“The challenge is to maintain strong, with long-standing sponsors who have a direct connection with either Targa or motorsports in general,” explains Robert Giannou.  “The fact that Lucas has stood by us, not just for nine years, but nine consecutive years, clearly shows that they have a very strong faith in our event and our place within the motorsports community.  Our work with Lucas Oil specifically with John, not only has produced a business partnership but also a friendship that we have both treasured to this day…

So….Welcome Back Lucas Oil to our Seventeenth Targa Newfoundland Event!”  Lucas Oils is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry.  This premium line of oils, greases, and problem-solving additives have helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace. “These types of unique motorsports events are a perfect place for Lucas Oil Products,” states Tom Bogner, Director of Motorsports Administration for Lucas Oil Products.  “We have the opportunity to reach so many different unique and powerful cars such as Ford Shelby GT 350’s from new to classic, to the very best that Europe has to offer such as Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and the list goes on.  We are very proud to be partnered once again in 2018, and wish all the competitors the greatest of success this season.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 16th and concludes back in the capital on September 22nd.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou 709-722-4213       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/

Social Media:    www.facebook.com/targanl – www.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

New Grand Touring class announced!

ST. JOHN’S (December 28, 2017) Starting with the 2018 Targa Newfoundland, the Grand Touring division will have a new class added to increase competition amongst competitors that have classic vehicles. The Grand Touring Vintage (GT-V) class will be created to have vehicles from 1981 and older compete in their own class, which should increase the fun level and competition for those older vehicles in GT. Competitors with older vehicles have stated their models simply cannot keep up with the newer MINI’s and Mustangs that have been entered the last couple of years, which puts them at a serious disadvantage.

A request was made to introduce a Vintage class so that these competitors can still be included in the GT division, yet have their own class to battle it out for top spot amongst themselves. It would also mean less wear and tear, and less preparation regarding adding a rally computer or other technical equipment to beat the more modern entries. “The idea is one that really makes sense,” explains Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou. “Trying to have a balanced field for GT can be difficult with the technological advancements in recent years. Vintage models just don’t have the speed or technology available to them to keep up. With the GT Vintage (GT-V) class, we feel this should eliminate this disadvantage and give those willing to enter their older vehicles a chance to compete and enjoy themselves at the Targa Newfoundland.”

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A minimum of four GT Vintage (GT-V) entries must be entered for the class to officially commence for 2018. That number will at least make it worth wild for those entered to battle each other, and allow for adequate timing separation for the classes to be released in their own group.

When registering for the event, the determination will be made at that time regarding what class in Grand Touring the entry will be entered. The option is there for Vintage vehicles to still run against the newer GT entries if they so choose, but if the vehicle is 1981 and older, the competitor will be directed towards the GT Vintage (GT-V) class.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages

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Contact:

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

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

 

Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events approved for 2018 in Marystown

ST. JOHN’S (November 23, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland has once again been invited to run stages in Marystown next year for both the 2nd annual Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and the 17th annual Targa Newfoundland events. They occur in July and September, respectively.

The events were given recommended approval from the Tourism and Special Events Committee, which is made up of members of the general public, town officials, and members of Council from Marystown.  Formal approval to have closed-road stages for both events was given unanimously by the Marystown Council soon after the Committee had delivered their recommendation.

Marystown historically has been one of the more popular stages in the eyes of Targa competitors, management, and fans, was held off the Targa schedule for the past four years due to the previous Council’s unwillingness to give the approval to use the town’s roads for the event.

The loss of the Marystown stages, public car show, an overnight stop for competitors was a disappointment to many residents of Marystown.  The economic impact was also felt by local businesses that took in tens of thousands of dollars from the influx of competitors and Targa personnel to the area.  The approval for both events will provide an even bigger economic impact to businesses in Marystown and throughout the Burin Peninsula.

Gary Myles, Deputy Mayor and Tourism and Special Events Committee Chair, voiced his support for both events and is glad to have it back in Marystown.

“The Town of Marystown is extremely pleased to, once again, be a host town for Targa Newfoundland in September 2018, and with the addition of the Bambina event on the Canada Day weekend, we look forward to the excitement, entertainment, and opportunities it brings,” stated Myles.  “The Town will be working closely with organizers to ensure a successful partnership moving forward, and we encourage residents and businesses alike to take full advantage of this world-class event.”

Preliminary schedules for Bambina and Targa will be released in the near future.  Marystown is scheduled to host stages, public car shows, and overnight stops for both events.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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

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

Revving up for Targa Newfoundland 2018 – sign up for the event of the year!

A Message from Robert Giannou, President of Targa & Bambina
 
Since the 2017 Targa Newfoundland event there has been talk of a possible change in management and ownership. I am writing to clarify that we are and always have been committed to the successful continuance and preservation of Targa Newfoundland.
 
There is no other racing event like it on earth because of the unique and rugged beauty of Newfoundland, the wonderful, welcoming people of our province, our supportive sponsors, and the energy, skill and dedication of our drivers and their teams.
 
We wish to assure everyone associated with Targa Newfoundland, in particular the competitors, sponsors, surrounding communities and volunteers, that we are focused on continuing to make this event memorable and a resounding success!
 
We are committed to improving both Targa and the Bambina and their associated Familiarization Schools. I am pleased to report that we are making excellent progress in our talks with the City of St. John’s, and the towns of Marystown and Carbonear, as well as some 25 other communities about their future participation in Targa Newfoundland and the Bambina. Plans for exciting new and challenging set stages and much improved courses for both the Targa and Bambina events are well underway.
 
If you have any questions or would like to register your team while we have the Halloween Spooktacular Sale (now extended to midnight, November 5th, 2017), you can contact the office at 1-877-332-2413 or call me directly at 1-709-682-7900.
 
Thank you,
 
Robert

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Targa Newfoundland 2018 Dates & Rates (revised)

Update: Date for Targa 2018: September 13th through 22nd (Motorsports School 13th-14th, Registration/Tech 15th, Prologue 16th, Competition 17th-21st, Gala 22nd).

Hotel availability in overnight locations and ferry crossings have forced the event to push deeper into September. Targa has once again made hotel blocks for competitors should they wish to utilize them for September. Marine Atlantic will continue its Argentia ferry service with the last boat leaving Argentia to North Sydney scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd.

2018 Entry Forms are available on the Targa website at http://targanfld.com/rates/ along with entry fee pricing. Only two levels of entry fees this year instead of four, so please take note of the deadline dates.

Main website will be updated with 2018 information, logo, etc. over the coming weeks.

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

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

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