Projected 2017 Targa Course Released

Targa Newfoundland is pleased to announce that we have received approval from the Town of Harbour Grace to run the Targa Stages shown in the attached schedule within its jurisdiction.  This decision was the final stepping stone in putting together the 2017 ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Targa course.

We have incorporated a number of changes in the 2017 course which has changed some of the locations of overnight stays.  As usual, on the Saturday and Sunday before the event, we will be in St. John’s;  Monday and Tuesday evenings will see us in Clarenville, and new for 2017, Wednesday and Thursday in the Conception Bay North (CBN) area.

The two nights in CBN represent a change in the type and style of accommodations competitors are accustom with.  Competitors and their crews will now be able to experience smaller facilities and Bed & Breakfast locations.  The location of the nightly car shows in CBN will be confirmed soon.

The reasons for these changes are primarily sourced from feedback gathered from the 2016 event.   As a result we:

  • Decided to move out of the upper Bonavista peninsula.  While the stages are lovely, the roads are much to rough.  With the province’s current economic conditions, we could not foresee the required repairs and upgrades being made to the roads in these sparsely populated areas.
  • Created the Targa Open-Pro Class, which will see increased speeds which, in turn, adversely affect the vehicles on rough stages.
  • Move to a more heavily populated, sponsor friendly area.   Conception Bay North fills this requirement, is only a one hour drive from St. John’s, and has much better roads.
  • Hotel accommodations are becoming more and more difficult to book in the Clarenville area, as major bus tours were cutting into the room availability.

In addition, over the past three years, we have experienced an increase in the Targa related festivities in the Cupids / Brigus stages.  This is attracting more and more spectators each year, which in turn attracts more spectator services and entertainment.  We want to expand this concept:

  • On Thursday of the 2017 event we will, as can be seen in the schedule below, run 12 closely knit stages that are quite different in character.
  • We have partnered with the new multi-million dollar Stone Jug Restaurant and Entertainment Centre in Carbonear to provide a centerpiece to the event. The goal of this partnership is to create a full day of competition and entertainment which will turn into a Carbonear/Harbour Grace based Targa festival and draw many spectators to the area.
  • This festive and exciting Thursday will have something for everyone which will, in turn, augment and increase the suspense and excitement in the Cupids/Brigus areas on the next day.
  • We feel that this mass entertainment concept will attract many spectators to the area. They will, in turn, patronize the restaurants, businesses and accommodation facilities.

So now, just before Christmas, have our course ready.  There will be changes, bumps, and hollows as we move into the New Year, but we have our core plan locked down.

Best Regards for Christmas and a Very happy Targa New Year

Robert Giannou


Projected Course Schedule 2017

Early bird Targa entry fees end in two days (Thursday)!

Quick Tour – $700.00 per day, max of three days.
Fast Tour – $3,495.00 (non-competitive division)
Grand Touring – $5,695.00 (competitive TSD rally)
Targa – $6,595.00 (competitive, pure racing machines)
*all prices add 15% HST

Reasons to enter the 16th annual Targa in the next 48 hours:

– Best rates, plus we have monthly payment plans to help with the cost as it is spread out over the next 9 months.

– Enter early and focus on preparing your vehicle, logistics, team, etc. over the next 9 months.

– Be on television, with our 2017 review show that’ll air in early 2018.

– Be able to promote your entry, team, and sponsors for 9 months prior to the event.

– Take advantage of room blocks that Targa has at hotels in St. John’s and Clarenville before they are all booked.

– Enter and potential be able to enjoy the thrill of the celebration in the history community of Brigus. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Email Darren at or call 1-877-332-2413 to register and obtain more information about the event.


Officially accepting entries in Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina!

Bambina year logo

Anyone who is interested in signing up for the Bambina, please contact Darren at I’ll email out the Rules, the Entry Form Part 1 & 2, and the Competition License form for both the driver/co-driver must have in order to compete.

Currently, the Part 1 Entry Form would be the main document to register; the other stuff can be completed and paid for over the next few weeks and months.

$500.00 for Fast Tour; $1,000.00 for Targa Bambina (add taxes to both).

I’ll also need an image or two of the vehicle you are entering in the event to post on social media and the Targa website once we get that section completed (another week before we have the Bambina section up on the Targa site).

Please tell your friends who are interested, and get the word out! Take advantage of the Early Bird registration. Certainly would make a great Christmas gift! And don’t forget, Targa’s accepting registration as well, so enter both if you really want to have the full Targa experience!

Volume 2 TNB Rules and Regulations

2017 TNB Entry Form

Black Friday Special (all week long)!

Black Friday specials

To all potential Targa Newfoundland competitors, this Special will certainly interest you.

Starting Monday, November 21st and continuing until end of business Friday, November 25th, Targa will be holding a Black Friday Special, for the entire week!

Discounted entry fees on both Targa and Grand Touring divisions! This offer is even more special due to the strong U.S. Dollar, with potential American competitors saving over 30% because of the exchange rate alone!

Targa division Special – $5,995.00 CDN
Grand Touring division Special – $5,195.00 CDN
*taxes not included in above pricing*

These will be the lowest prices available, and once they are gone, they are gone!

If exploring the province, participating in Targa and checking it off your bucket list, and potentially being on our 2018 Targa television review show interest you, then you must enter NOW!

Contact for entry forms or pull the form off the Targa website.

Some conditions apply.

Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina officially on the start line

ST. JOHN’S (November 14, 2016) – Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited is pleased to announce that plans to hold a Targa Bambina competition during the Canada Day long weekend in 2017. This mini version of the internationally acclaimed competition, will be held from June 30th – July 3rd and will consist of three days of competition, offering 16 competitive stages on the Burin Peninsula.

At the conclusion of the 15th annual Targa in September, it was obvious that there was strong demand for increased competitive motorsport activity within the province.  With over one hundred competitors involved in the recent Targa, it became clear that another secondary event could be supported, this one by mostly local competitors.

This smaller version of the Targa is designed as a compact, three day adventure, instead of the grueling week-long event that is held each September.  Two categories will be featured in the Bambina event for competitors to choose from – Grand Touring, the competitive division, and Fast Touring, the non-competitive division.

The Bambina gives the opportunity for people with an interest in motorsports to try their hand at stage rallying, without having to commit to the time and effort that the full Targa would involve.  Entry for this event is a fraction of the cost of the Targa, and the overall winner will gain free admission to Targa’s 16th annual event in September.

Tom Hollett was an immense supporter of the tarmac rally and embodies what Targa Newfoundland is all about.  He was larger than life and created what he dreamed of.  Targa will assist the Oldest Colony Trust, a registered charity that Tom created, that creates and maintains public amenities such as historical buildings, recreational areas, and trail systems in the Burin area.  Funds generated by the Bambina, through nightly car shows, the use of community accommodations , and other initiatives, will go directly to the Trust, to support this worthy cause.

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 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.

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

Websites:   –   –   –

Targa Newfoundland Volunteer Blitz

‘Experience the Drive’ as a Special Volunteer with Newfoundland’s most fabulous annual international event.

When? Sunday, November 20th,
Time? 1pm – 3pm,
Where? Targa Newfoundland offices, 303 Thorburn Road (Atlantic Building) Suite 2-D,
Parking? Available in front of building

Targa will be holding a volunteer blitz, for anyone interested in volunteering with the 2017 event, which will be held between September 9th to 16th. Members of the Targa Operations team (all senior long service volunteers) will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Signup sheets will be available.

Some of the benefits to volunteering are:
• Live a week-long adventure with accommodations, meals, and transport paid (some restrictions apply)
• See the beautiful Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas
• Be up close and personal with drivers and their teams (people come from all over the world).
• Experience a unique and most exciting motorsports adventure.
• Earn volunteer hours (for high school students).

Refreshments will be served – also will be selling remaining 2016 Targa jackets in various sizes (makes a great gift)! $50.00 each! And you can order special Targa license plates on site! $10.00 each! Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come meet some of the people who help organize this fabulous international event, and start getting excited for Targa 2017!

For more information, contact or call the office at 709-722-2413.

Last Special Order of 15th Year Targa Plates!

Are you looking for an unique gift for the holidays? Like to collect motorsports memorabilia? Then you must jump at this last chance to order specialized Targa plates!

We sold out of the remaining extra Targa plates from the event, so we’re now doing this last special order.

Final order of these 15th annual plates will be made on the 21st of November. That’s two weeks! Two weeks to order these one of a kind Targa plates! Maximum of four characters – numbers or letters – per plate, you decided what goes on the plate!

$10.00 a plate; add $5.00 for shipping. If local pickup then no charge for shipping.

To order, email or call the office at 1-877-332-2413. Credit card is preferred payment.


Updated Rules & Regulations for Targa 2017

Version 7 of the Rules & Regulations document for Targa has been released for interested parties to review for the 16th annual event. New regulations and updated rules are highlighted in yellow within the document, to help with finding them.

The biggest changes would include:

  • Addition of a Targa Open Pro Division, which competes on a “0” base time system (Open division itself will still exist for other Open competitors).
  • All Targa tech details must be into the office by August 1st, 2017.
  • Mandatory first time competitor driving school attendance – those competitors in Targa and Grand Touring who are completing for the first time must attend the Targa Driving School prior to the event.
  • Financial penalties for speeding and time penalties for cutting corners.

Other minor edits are also done throughout the document, however rules regarding roll cages and other major safety devices are unchanged.

The current Rules & Regulations document is attached to this article.

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Daily Planet featuring Targa, Mike Mercer & Corey Prosser

So we tried to get as many folks to watch Daily Planet last night when this was aired, but due to short notice from the network, not sure how many actually got to see it.

Sooooo, here’s the link to the video for it!

Make sure you copy/paste the link above into your browser, that way the correct show will load, or just click on it! Targa’s segment is the first 10 minutes so you won’t have to wait long to see our part!

Only catch. Only Canadian television subscribers can view it. You have to log into Discovery via your satellite or cable television email/password that you’d normally use to get access to your account. Once you do that, you’ll be able to view the show.

Update for Targa 2017

To all our current and potential competitors:

The major joy of Targa Newfoundland is that it is all about reality: it is about real roads, real cars and real people.  It is like no other event and has to be understood as such.  Each year, we as organizers, deal with the realities of competitors, volunteers, roads, communities and of course, the weather.  Please understand, that our tightly knit group of volunteers from Stage and Community Operations, work as hard as they possibly can to provide the best event possible.  Another reality is that we in effect, run some fifty rally events in one week.  After each Targa, we do a stage by stage review.  Based on the results of that review, our experience in the event and the feedback of our competitors and volunteers we often adjust the rules, regulations and operating practices.  This year is no different.  There will be changes, some of which are outlined below, which are more necessary adjustments to the rules and operating practices of the event.  We expect this review to be complete and the revised rules will be published before the end of November, 2016.  In the meantime, what follows are some of the adjustments and changes we are currently working on.

Timing Equipment:  Improving our timing system is our number one priority for 2017.  In 2016, we had some troubles with our equipment, even though it had been tested before the event, just as we always do.  It performed flawlessly.  However, problems arose which in turn caused stage set up delays.  We have reviewed what happened and we understand the issues and appointed a committee to look at the various options available which will provide a much more user-friendly system.  The committee is well on the way to reaching a solution to the issues we face, both from an equipment acquisition and staff training point of view.  For Targa Newfoundland 2017, we will have a much improved system in place that will meet the needs of the event and the competitors.

Inquiry and Penalty Procedures:  We are also in the process of simplifying and streamlining the inquiry and penalty procedures set out in our Rules and Regulations, Volume 1 and 2.  For example, competitors will now have 90 minutes after their arrival time in the overnight parking area to lodge an inquiry.  We have revised our penalties and will be sharply improving our system of penalty enforcement.  Speed penalties, both for average and top speed infractions, will be tiered and made progressive in two ways.  Competitors who exceed the speed limits will be penalized based the amount of excess speed and the number of infractions.  As all are aware we have long had an issue with corner cutting which spreads gravel over the roads making life extremely difficult for following competitors and for the communities which have to clean up the resulting mess. We have adjusted the rules prohibiting this practice and added the words  “intentional” or “willful” cutting of corners.  This rule will be strictly enforced in coming events.

New O-Base Group:  We are proud to announce that we have decided to create a new Open Pro Group in the Targa Division for those who wish to compete on a zero base time basis.  The top and average speed rules will remain.  To be eligible to compete in this group, competitors must have suitable experience.  The requirements to enter the Group, such as license and experience necessary, will be published shortly.  The current Groups; Classic, Modern, and Open will be maintained as they are.

As we enter the between events season and prepare for the holiday season stay tuned.  We have many new and exciting things coming for our 2017 Sweet Sixteen Targa Newfoundland.  The TV show is in production, entries are progressing well and moving parallel to last year, one of our biggest years.  We have had a great and successful Canadian Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Day Special so stay tuned.  American Thanksgiving is coming, as are a whole list of great holidays.  Who knows what could happen…

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

For our Canadian competitors and fans, today is our Thanksgiving. For most, the weekend has involved spending time with family, friends, and having a nice meal!

But, for everyone Targa, this weekend is special. Why? Because we are giving everyone a chance to register for the event at discounted Thanksgiving Day rates!

$1,000.00 off the Targa, Grand Touring, and Fast Tour entry fee price, but only until midnight tonight! We’ve already had several competitors take the Special, and we’ll be posting their entries over the next couple of weeks. Don’t delay, enter today!

Contact for more information or to receive an entry form. It isn’t to early to start planning for Targa Newfoundland 2017 next September!


Canadian Thanksgiving Special

As next Monday is Thanksgiving here in Canada, Targa Newfoundland is celebrating the occasion by offering all potential competitors a special discounted entry fee!

Starting today (Thursday) and ending at midnight on Thanksgiving Monday, Targa will be offering $1,000.00 (before taxes) off the early bird pricing for the Targa, Grand Touring and Fast Tour divisions!

We guarantee that this incredible offer will be the best price you will see this year.

Celebrate Thanksgiving, enter Targa Newfoundland now, and be thankful you did!

*certain conditions apply, special does not include Quick Tour division or entries that have already registered with the event*

Please contact Darren at or call the office, 1-877-332-2413. We’ll get the entry form out to you and go over any questions you may have about the event and registration process.

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For immediate release

Targa Newfoundland welcomes Peter Guagenti to its Board of Governors


ST. JOHN’S (October 5, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland is pleased to welcome Peter Guagenti as the newest member on the Board of Governors. Peter brings deep marketing expertise to the board, where he will build programs to bring more competitors to the event on a worldwide scale, as well as use innovative strategies to target global sponsorship and expand the Targa Newfoundland brand.

Originally from New York City, Peter currently lives in San Francisco, where he works as the Chief Marketing Officer for NGINX; a company providing products and services for some of the world’s best know web applications.  With over twenty years of experience, Peter has helped dozens of the world’s most recognized brands, including Google, Microsoft, and Visa to promote their brands and ideas to the world’s consumers.

Peter is also an accomplished racer.  He has competed in numerous road racing and rallying events, and he is a multi-time winner in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  He has competed in the Canadian Rally Championship, BMW CCA Club Racing, and NASA Pro Racing series throughout North America.

“I was lucky to be able to compete and win at the 2nd annual running of the Targa Newfoundland,” stated Guagenti, “and the experience forever defined for me what motorsports and adventure truly means.  Having competed in the event six times now, I can say without reservation that I both love Targa, and love the province and people of Newfoundland.  I am honored and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help improve the awareness of Targa Newfoundland globally and continue to grow.”

“The company is thrilled to have Guagenti join the team,” explained Robert Giannou, President of Targa Newfoundland, “and with his expertise, we look forward to what the events future has in store.  For years I have wanted to pair Peter’s love for Targa and his marketing acumen.  We are now delighted to do so. ”

“The Board of Governors welcomes the opportunity to work with him and bring his significant marketing skills into play with the defined goals of increasing our brand awareness in the United States, arguably our biggest market and making Targa Newfoundland more attractive to US competitors and international sponsors,” concluded Giannou.

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 11th and conclude back in the capital on September 15th.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413


Dates changed for Targa Newfoundland 2017

Due to accommodation issues in Clarenville, Targa has decided to move the event back to its original slot, the 3rd week in September. For 2017, this means the dates will now be the 7th through the 16th. The driving school will be the 7th and 8th, Tech/Registration will be the 9th, Prologue the 10th, with the event officially being scored from the 11th through 15th. The 16th will be the Awards Reception.

Targa also has blocks of hotel rooms under our control for Clarenville – first time that’s happened. You can directly deal with Targa or the hotel to access these rooms. Only catch, you must be officially entered in Targa 2017 first to obtain Targa controlled rooms. These rooms will only be released if the competitor is first registered with the event. And they are a first come, first serve basis. More information on the number of rooms, which hotels, and when exactly these rooms will be available, will be released in the coming weeks. Email for more specific information.

The option is still there if you choose to deal with Maxxim Vacations (travel agency) and book rooms through them directly since they too have blocks of rooms, both in St. John’s and Clarenville.

Ferries will not be affected by the change back to the regular dates. Argentia and Port aux Basques runs will still be available both to and from the island.

Potential competitors, fans planning vacation time around the event, should adjust their schedules for the new dates.

New dates and entry fees announced for the 2017 Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 20, 2016) – After a successful completion of the 15th annual Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally last week, Targa is already preparing for the 2017 competition. The new dates for the 2017 Targa are from September 14th to 22nd to distance the event from the Labour Day holiday. Entry fees for all four divisions will remain the same as 2016.

The course setters are completing the plan for the 2017 course with the continuing goal of reducing the number of rough roads that the event uses.   The rules committee will only make small adjustments to the rules between now and 2017 in a continuing effort to have rule stability.

Targa will also be replacing its aging timing gear for 2017, with a new yet to be chosen system.  A select group has also been set up to examine the feasibility of moving to zero base timing in the Open class of the Targa division for 2017.

As stated, Targa will begin a week later than normal in 2017, with the event running from Thursday, September 14th through Friday, September 22nd.  The 14th and 15th will be reserved for its very successful driving school, which teaches rookie competitors the unique challenges Newfoundland roads have to offer them.  This year the driving school will be made mandatory for all that have not competed in Targa Newfoundland.   The 16th will be the Registration/Tech Day where competitors officially register on site for the event and have their vehicles checked by Targa’s Tech team.  The Prologue, or practice stages, will be held on the 17th in and around St. John’s.  The Targa Newfoundland competition will officially begin on the 18th as the event head’s out towards the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas.  It will conclude back in St. John’s on the 22nd.

Entry fees will not change from the 2016 prices, nor will the early bird and other registration dates to obtain discounted prices change.  Early bird pricing is in effect until November 30th, so potential competitors who are fully prepared to enter should consider doing so in the near future to obtain the best price.  Targa also accommodates monthly payments for entry fees, which provides competitors financial stability as they prepare for the event over the coming months.  Further information on entry fees and pricing dates can be seen by visiting the Targa website and accessing the FAQ section.  Entry forms are accessible via the main website or by contacting the Targa office.

“We were able to pull in over 60 competitors in the 2016 competition, so we are setting a goal to have over 70 competitors in 2017,” expressed Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou when asked about his thoughts on the new dates and prices.  “We decided to move the competition back an additional week to accommodate schools in the areas we run, so that they can get settled and we can get information to them without a huge rush occurring, as they are usually just getting back into routines when Targa arrives.  Plus, it allows competitors to enjoy their summer, the volunteers to do the same, then all come together mid-September and totally focus on the event.”

Information regarding the number of overnights in a specific location, car show locations, and new stages will be released over the coming months as those details are confirmed.

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 18th and conclude back in the capital on September 22nd.  The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland.  It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robyn Quinn  709-727-8536

Competitors:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413