Team Hume featured in MC2 Magazine

The magazine all MINI owners must have is the MC2 Magazine, which basically is everything MINI, all the time. John Hume Sr. and members of his team are proud MINI owners, both as their daily drivers and the vehicles they use each year in the Targa Newfoundland. The 2016 Targa was no different, with Team Hume having two MINI GP’s entered in the Grand Touring division, and both finishing on the podium.

Christina Kroner, who is one of Toronto’s biggest real estate agents, is becoming quite the rally driver and navigator, and has competed with the team for the past several Targa’s. She also took the time to write the featured article, along with Sr.’s help, that is in this month’s MC2 Magazine.

For those looking to subscribe to the magazine, or want to check out their website, the address is Christina’s article is below in PDF format for your reading enjoyment.

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Easter Special – Savings on all entry fees!


Spring has sprung! And with that, Targa’s having an Easter Special until the end of April!

Save hundreds on the current entry fees! $600.00 off Targa, $500.00 off Grand Touring, $300.00 off Fast Tour, and $150 per day off Quick Tour!

These prices will not last! These are the best prices potential competitors will receive before the 16th annual Targa begins in September! If you have been waiting to enter, don’t wait any longer!

Contact or 1-877-332-2413 for more information or to enter! You can also download the entry form off the Targa website or submit your basic entry information into the competitor entry section.

Special Volunteer Training – April 8th and 9th

Stage Operations training for Special Volunteers – those who accompany the event on the road for the entire event (Bambina and/or Targa) is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th.  The training will occur at the Murphy Centre on the College of the North Atlantic campus, Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s, from 10am – 6pm daily, in classroom L-201.

Training is open to anyone who wishes to be trained in specific duties for our events. Training includes learning how to operation timing equipment, radio procedures, emergency response protocol, setting up stages, and other related training. Any Special Volunteers who already have valid Stage Operation certificates for the 2017 season and feel they are prepared for the events, do not need to attend this training. If you feel certain aspects of your training needs updating, then by all means come along. Rookies or those who require re-training must attend this session if possible. If you are not able to attend, the online presentations along with the testing module will be given to you at a later date, however you must register with the Volunteer Coordinator to make sure you receive the documents.

The full weekend training will give greater focus on the information and putting it to use with practice situations either in the hallway or outside (weather dependent).

If you’d like to register for the course, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Leah Dalton at There is no cost to take this course.


ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland

ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland


ST. JOHN’S (March 16, 2017) – For a second year in a row, ChumpCar Canada and Targa Newfoundland has entered into a cross sponsorship agreement. Two of the biggest names in Canadian motorsports will once again promote one another at public functions and at each other’s event.

The agreement provides ChumpCar Canada access to all potential competitors of Targa via promotion on the Targa official website, marketing material, logo placement on banners, and decals of each series on all competitor vehicles during the 16th annual Targa this September.

In return, Targa receives promotion on the ChumpCar Canada website, marketing material being available at all ChumpCar Canada events during the 2017 racing season, a large Targa banner placed within the paddock at each event, and decal placement on all ChumpCar Canada competitor vehicles.

An incentive for competitors in each event is that with the agreement, the overall winner of ChumpCar will receive an entry into Targa in for 2018, and the overall winner in Targa with the least amount of penalty time this year will be able to compete in a ChumpCar event in late 2017 or choose an event during the 2018 racing season.

Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, is pleased that another sponsorship agreement has been renewed for the 2017 Targa.

“The agreement last year worked very well.  Seeing our decals on the ChumpCar Canada competitors’ vehicles and at the tracks gives Targa promotion we never had before.  Being able to pull in new competitors is important for a healthy entry list, and another year for this agreement will continue to do that.  It really shows the great motorsports community we have in this country.”

Wendy Edwards, Executive Director of ChumpCar Canada, echoes Giannou’s excitement with the agreement.

“We at ChumpCar Canada are excited to be partnering with Targa Newfoundland for the second year in a row in this cross-sponsorship program.  Racing is alive and well in Canada and we hope by promoting each other’s events and series that we enlighten and educate even more Canadians about Targa Newfoundland and ChumpCar Canada.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

The agreements have been hatched at the last couple of Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo’s in Toronto, where ChumpCar Canada, along with Targa, have booths and are regular participants on the discussion Road Racing Panel.  Each booth promotes the other’s events and series via decal placement on booth vehicles and other marketing materials available for potential competitors and spectators, while providing a great platform for discussions between counterparts in the racing community in Canada.

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 1,600 kilometers of the 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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Wendy Edwards 519-215-1948 or

Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413

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Targa’s coming to Motorama!



If you’re in the Toronto area, don’t forget to make an effort to come down to the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Targa Newfoundland will have one of the largest booths at the 3rd annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo!

Friday, March 10th, 10am – 9pm
Saturday, March 11th, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, March 12th, 10am – 5pm

Stop by the booth and meet members of management, senior volunteers and 2017 competitors! NobrainR Racing will be represented with their 2016 VW Golf R and Bandit Racing with their 2004 Subaru WRX STi.

Our major sponsors Lucas Oil Products, Hume Media Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, and Action Car & Truck Accessories will all be represented in the booth during the show.

Interested in registering for Bambina or Targa? Questions about building a car for either event? Then make the trip down to the show and visit our booth!

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems signs three year sponsorship deal to supply alcohol & drug testing equipment to Targa Newfoundland


ST. JOHN’S (February 27, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce a three year sponsorship agreement with Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS). The deal will provide Targa-related activities and events with alcohol and drug testing equipment, on-site personnel from ACS to oversee and train Targa officials, and ACS having officials on-site to promote products and safety protocol to the public.

ACS will work closely with Targa over the next three years to provide testing equipment to support Targa’s alcohol and drug testing policies and support prevention, education and awareness with respect to impaired driving; working in close collaboration with Targa and other global partners to conduct on-going research and educate and inform the public on the issues related to road safety and responsible driving habits.

“ACS is pleased to be the exclusive alcohol and drug-screening partner of Targa Newfoundland”, states Felix JE Comeau, ACS Chairman & CEO.  “Safety is everything with Targa Newfoundland and ACS has always been focused on developing Life Saving Innovations that keep our roads and communities safe.  As a Canadian company in operation for over four decades our alcohol and drug testing products are used globally.  With Newfoundland and Labrador having the highest rate of police-reported drug-impaired driving rates in Canada and St. John’s being the highest rated CMA (census metropolitan area) for impaired driving across Canada, tools to improve road safety are critical. We look forward to working with the Targa Newfoundland team to ensure a safe event for participants and the general public and the benefits this partnership will create to raise awareness of the significant risks associated with alcohol and drug impaired driving.”

Targa will utilize the ACS ALERT™ J5 Portable Breath Alcohol Tester to detect alcohol usage with its competitors and volunteers.  The ALERT™ J5 provides highly accurate breath alcohol test results within seconds and allows the user to store results in memory or print with an optional Bluetooth printer, which Targa will use.  All competitors are tested each morning before the start of driving activities.  They must blow .00 or face penalty and/or suspension from the event.

The DrugWipe® Oral Screening Tester will also be used for both random and specific drug-testing.  DrugWipe® can detect six potential drug groups, including: cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines and ketamine.  The DrugWipe®  screening device can detect drugs in saliva, sweat and on all surfaces, with over 97% accuracy.

“The facts don’t lie, and the need is there to increase testing for alcohol and drug use in this province,” explained Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland.  “We have a zero tolerance on alcohol use with our competitors when they are preparing to navigate on our closed stages and public roads, and now we can also test for drugs within their systems.  Safety is our #1 priority.  Having a three year sponsorship agreement with ACS is going to open so many doors for them and for us, to co-promote and get the word out about keeping our roads safe and having a safe motorsports event.  We look forward to dealing with ACS for many years to come.”

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) is an international group of companies with over 40 years of experience developing innovative technology to prevent impaired driving.  A leading designer/manufacturer of ignition interlocks and breath alcohol testers, ACS provides products and services to law enforcement, automotive, industrial, public and personal safety markets and is the exclusive distributor of DrugWipe®  in North America.

For additional information please visit

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 1,600 kilometers of the 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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ACS                  Tony Power      416-619-3500    

Competitors/Media:      TargaNL            Darren Sheppard  1-877-332-2413

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Lucas Oil Products named Gold Partner of Targa Newfoundland for eighth year in a row


ST. JOHN’S (February 22, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that international motorsports powerhouse Lucas Oil Products has signed on to be a Gold Partner for the 2017 Targa Newfoundland. It will be the eighth year in a row that Lucas has been involved with Targa on this sponsorship level.

Lucas Oil Products, which started sponsoring Targa in 2009, is the official motor oil and additive provider for the event.  It has once again decided to continue its involvement in the only Targa motorsports event in the Northern Hemisphere and North America.  The unique type of motorsport, assortment of weather conditions, and the different types of engines present throughout the classes and divisions of the event, has given Lucas Oil Products an incredible amount of testing time during the previous seven years, and the brand is strongly associated with the event throughout the province.

Lucas has a simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere.  Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective.  Through innovative product research – such as the research done at Targa Newfoundland – along with an aggressive marketing program, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the North American truck stop industry.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the North American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels.  Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, developers at Lucas have produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry, and are used annually at Targa Newfoundland.

“Lucas Oil Products USA is proud to be partnered again in 2017 with Targa Newfoundland,” explained Tom Bogner, Director of Motorsports for Lucas.  “We all enjoy the connection with our love of motorsports.  We wish Targa and your competitors a very safe and enjoyable racing season.”

“Extremely pleased to have Lucas back for an incredible eighth year,” an excited Robert Giannou, President of Targa, expressed when asked about his feelings of the renewed contract.  “Lucas is one of our longest consecutive sponsors, and one of the biggest sponsors we have had over our 16 year history.  The fact they continue to support our exciting and unique motorsports event speaks volumes to the commitment and hard work both Lucas and Targa put into continuing this partnership on a yearly basis.”

Lucas Oil Products will be represented at Targa by Territory Manager John Coyle, who annually makes the trip from Halifax to witness the event and ensure Lucas products are available to competitors and fans.  Lucas will have products available for all competitors of this year’s Targa, to be provided on site at Registration Day, September 9th.  John will be on site throughout the week to answer questions from the public regarding Lucas Oil Products and what specific lubricants would work best for their own vehicles.

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 1,600 kilometers of the 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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Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413 (709-722-2413)

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Valentine Day Special – No Taxes!


Tired of getting ties? Box of chocolates? Flowers that’ll be tossed in the trash in a week or two? Why not give your partner, the love of your life, something truly special. No, it isn’t diamonds, it is better than diamonds! Sign them up for Targa Newfoundland!

Until the end of business, February 15th, Targa and Grand Touring divisions will have no taxes on their entry fees! That’s a 15% overall savings! We’ll even allow payment plans on that new price if that helps with entering!

Click on the Rates link at the top of the page (look up) to see the current entry fees for all divisions. Entry form is available there too.

For specific questions on rates, entry, or anything else Targa, email Darren at or call 1-877-332-2413.

*Special only applies to Targa and Grand Touring divisions. Cannot be used for other divisions or events. Cannot be used for competitors already registered in the event. Full or down payment must be made by February 15th in order to officially be registered. Does not have to be a love one, can include friend, complete stranger, professional counterpart.

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals re-signs for a 4th year as the official vehicle rental company of Targa Newfoundland


ST. JOHN’S (February 7, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that it will, for the 4th year in row, use the vehicles of Centsible Car & Truck Rentals to transport officials and volunteers for the Sweet Sixteen (16th annual) Targa Newfoundland event, with scheduled activities from September 7th – 16th, 2017.

An addition to the agreement this year are special rates for Targa competitors who wish to rent vehicles from Centsible.  Competitors and their service crews would use such rentals for transport to and from car shows or following the event throughout eastern and central Newfoundland in support of competitors in case of breakdown or incidents.

The partnership, which began in 2014, will continue with the use of several makes of hatchbacks, sedans, and vans.  Each vehicle will be assigned to assist Targa personnel with their duties and special assignments, that will utilize each vehicle to its maximum potential.

Derek Thomas, General Manager of Centsible Car & Truck Rentals, is extremely proud to have the Centsible logo on each rental vehicle that it provides to Targa’s management and volunteer teams, and is excited about the special rates offered to competitors, which should increase business for Centsible.

“Targa is a professional motorsports event and we really like how the volunteers use our vehicles to represent that fact while performing their tasks,” stated Derek.  “We had a great experience with Targa the last few years and we didn’t hesitate to continue being a partner with them in 2017, their Sweet Sixteen event.  The addition of the competitor special is an element we are excited about, and feel it’ll increase our business from the event even more.  Being locally owned and operated, supporting a home-grown event such as Targa Newfoundland is something we are proud to do.”

Darren Sheppard, General Manager of Targa Newfoundland, is very pleased with the service that Centsible has provided Targa over the previous events.

“Dealing with Derek and his knowledgeable staff is a pleasure,” explained Darren.  “They have always been quick with answers and provide professional service to our officials and volunteers when picking up and dropping off the vehicles, which I’m sure will carry over to competitors who use their vehicles.  The fact they are locally owned and operated is an added bonus and we look forward to another great year working together.”

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals is a 100% Newfoundland owned and operated business and salutes Targa for partnering and supporting local business.  Centsible is proud to be a part of a world-class motorsports event that has brought millions of dollars to the Newfoundland economy and supports many local, national, and international charities during its long history in Newfoundland and beyond.

Centsible Car & Truck Rentals is a full service rental firm with three locations in Newfoundland, offering modern cars, trucks, and vans, through rentals, leasing, and sales.  For more information, please check out their website at

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 1,600 kilometers of the 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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Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413

Websites: –

Regular Rate Entry Fee ends January 31st!

A reminder. The end of the Regular Rate Entry Fee is January 31st. That’s next Tuesday. After that, price goes up for all divisions of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland.

If you wish to register for any of the Targa divisions, call 1-877-332-2413 or email to book your spot in the ‘Ironman of Motorsports’. Major credit cards accepted. And we do monthly payment plans, if that is a route you’d like to go!

Don’t miss out on this bucket list item! Closed public roads, being seen on Targa’s review television show, and meeting some of the nicest people on this planet! Sign up today!


Newfoundlanders are gearing up for the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina


ST. JOHN’S (January 17, 2017) – The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina is projected to be one of the best courses that Targa Newfoundland has ever run.  With 16 stages, including four prologues (practice stages) the event is expected to have the most efficient stage to transit ratio of any Targa-related event worldwide.  With mostly newly-paved roads, beautiful scenery, and home to an incredible number of exotic and one-off special cars, the Burin Peninsula is bound to host a memorable rally experience this Canada Day long weekend.

As the Targa Newfoundland competition continues to grow and bring in professional drivers and crews from all over the world each September, the board of directors decided to introduce the Bambina competition to give a more compacted version of the main event to stimulate interest for local drivers.  With the Bambina’s small price bracket and the opportunity to gain entry way into the main event, Newfoundlanders are beginning to step up and show their ability to tackle roads in their own backyard.

Some of the local competitors taking part in the inaugural Bambina include:  Bay Roberts own Adam Mercer and co-driver Shawn English from Paradise; the father and son team of Lee and Rex Hayward of Conception Bay South; long-time Targa volunteer turned driver Gordon Maxwell of St. John’s and Wayne Lorenzen from Gander; rally rookies Geoff Dawe and Phil Keough of St. John’s; senior volunteer member of Targa Derek Churchill with his daughter Jennifer Corcoran of Conception Bay South; and Targa Newfoundland 2015 Classic division champs Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser of St. John’s.

President Robert Giannou and General Manager Darren Sheppard of Targa Newfoundland will be traveling to the Burin Peninsula this week to conduct information sessions with communities, interested groups, and individuals regarding the Bambina.  The main session is being held at Hotel Marystown on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm and is open to the public.  Registration packages will be available for those in attendance.

Managed and operated by Newfoundland international Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa Motorsport events in the world. The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina competition is scheduled for June 30 – July 3, 2017. The event will utilize the roads on the Burin Peninsula and be based out of the community of Burin.



Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413

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Public Meeting/Information Session for Bambina

Canada Day Long Weekend – June 30th to July 3rd, 2017

Tom Hollett was a giant of a man; he created a giant dream…THE BURIN HISTORIC TRUST

If you have a passion for motorsports, if you wish to support the Trust: BE there! BE part of history! BE part of the biggest motorsports event in the South Burin Peninsula!

Drive your vehicle on closed roads, be part of the Targa Bambina motorsport competition or the Targa Bambina Fast Tour and participate in the two Targa Bambina Burin Car Shows.

Enjoy a full weekend of Burin hospitality, food, fun, and motorsports entertainment.


• A spectacular four day automotive centered event.
• Two invitations to the Registration party (Friday night), Two mid-day lunch passes for each of Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the Awards ceremony (Monday afternoon).
• A route instruction book.
• Four prologue, fully marshaled, paved closed road practice stages (18 kms on Saturday).
• Twelve competitive, fully marshaled, paved closed road stages (80 kms on Sunday and Monday).
• Three days of inter-community group paved road transits (270 kms).
• Two evening and three luncheon car shows to showcase your vehicle.

For further information and/or to register, come out to Hotel Marystown for an information session with Targa management and officials.

Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 pm

NOTE: ANY PERSONS REGISTERING BEFORE JANUARY 31ST 2017 WILL SAVE THE 15% HST (offer only applies to new registrations).

If you are not able to attend this meeting, but still want to take advantage of the discount or want more information, please contact Darren at 1-877-332-2413 or


Benefits of registering for Targa 2017

Thinking about registering for Targa 2017? Curious about what you ‘get’ for the entry fee? Well, see below:

– Entry into your class/division of Targa
– Tickets to all lunches/meals supplied by communities/groups associated with the event
– Award Gala tickets for driver/co-driver*
– Tickets to social functions for driver/co-driver*
– Event Insurance (closed-road stages only)
– Public liability & property damage (up to $5 million for any single incident)
– Medical coverage (secondary to the competitor’s own)
– Luggage transport for each venue change (St. John’s to Clarenville, Clarenville to CBN, CBN to St. John’s)
– Merchandise and decal kits for driver/co-driver at Registration
– Official Targa license plates (does not include vinyl plates)

*does not include Quick Tour participants

September 7th & 8th is our Driving School; 9th is Registration/Tech, 10th is Prologue Day, 11th – 15th is competition, 16th is Awards Gala.

Oh, and don’t forget the adventure of a lifetime. Chance to be on television and social media feeds. Meet interesting locals and competitors. See this beautiful province up close and personal (hopefully not too up close and personal though).

Contact Darren at for details or call 1-877-332-2413. Be happy to get you signed up for the ‘Ironman of Motorsports’!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Targa!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Targa!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us during 2016 and who’ll be joining us for the 16th annual Targa in September. Also a big thank you to the communities, Local Service Districts, and organizations who contributed in an assortment of ways to help the event out. And thank you to the competitors and teams that register each year!

The office will be closed until January 4th so if you want to spend your Christmas money on either a Bambina or Targa entry, please email or leave a little note below. We’ll get back to you!

Keep in mind, the discounted Bambina entry ends at the end of December so if you are seriously considering joining up for this fun time down on the Burin peninsula during Canada Day weekend, then do so within the next week!


Subaru Canada Announces Targa Newfoundland Support Program


ST. JOHN’S (December 20, 2016) – Subaru Canada, a long-time participant and supporter of the Targa Newfoundland international rally ever since its inception in 2002, recently announced the return of a broad ranging incentive and support program for Subaru competitors, their immediate families, and for Targa event staff.

The Subaru Canada program, implemented in recognition of the fact that Subaru products have competed in every Targa Newfoundland and won the last four Targa’s, sets out various incentives and awards for Subaru participants.  Participants and/or any immediate family member (mother, father, spouse, son or daughter) who purchase or lease a new Subaru from January 1 – December 31, 2017 will be eligible for a C$750.00 rebate.  This rebate is also being made available to the Targa event staff.

Participants who use any model of Subaru for entry into any of the four main categories within Targa Newfoundland (Open, Modern, Classic, and Grand Touring) will receive a C$500.00 Entrant Award which goes towards their entry fee.  Performance awards are also included in the program, apply towards Subaru entrants in any of the four competition categories.  A Subaru that achieves first place in any of the categories will receive a cash award of C$2,000.00, second place C$1,500.00 and third place C$1,000.00.

Brian Hyland, Director, After Sales – Parts Operations, states that “Subaru Canada has been a long time supporter of Targa Newfoundland and is very excited to be able to make this offer available once again to those Subaru participants in the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland.  Subaru has won the past four Targa’s and swept the podium in Open last year, the highest division possible in Targa, and are hoping for the same type of results in 2017.  We wish all participants good luck and safe driving in the coming event.”

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 1,600 kilometers of the 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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Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413

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