Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

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

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

Letters from the Prime Minister and the Premier are below.

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Educating and preventing youth mental health issues through Targa Newfoundland 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

Large international field taking shape for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

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

Rule Change – Rule 5.16 Water or Methyl Hydrate

Today we have edited a single point under Rule 5.16 in both the Bambina and Targa rule documents. Please see below:

Rule 5.16 currently states that “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is not permitted.” This rule applies for both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

As of June 15, 2017, this rule will be changed to the wording of “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is permitted.” This rule change will apply to both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

Any questions regarding this rule change is to be directed to Mr. Joe Dowden (joe@targanl.com).

MINI Canada continues to support the Legacy of Motorsports

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MINI Canada offers Contingency Award Program for the 6th year in a row to Targa Newfoundland MINI competitors.

MINI Canada and Targa Newfoundland are proud to announce that for the 6th year in a row MINI Canada will provide the Contingency Award Program. This program rewards those competitors using a MINI and who finish first in their competitive division, to receive $3,000.00 CDN directly from MINI Canada!

*rules and regulations are available from MINIMotorsport@MINI.ca or by contacting the Targa Newfoundland office at registrar@targanewfoundland.com.

Full MINI Canada release is here, so go take a look! It even mentions 2-time defending Targa Modern champions, and Newfoundlanders, Billy Anderson and Max Cline Abrahams!

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 http://www.mc2magazine.com/. Christina’s article is below in PDF format for your reading enjoyment.

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ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland

ChumpCar Canada renews sponsorship agreement with Targa Newfoundland

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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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Contact

Wendy Edwards 519-215-1948 wendy@chumpcarcanada.com or info@chumpcarcanada.com

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

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

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

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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 www.acs-corp.com

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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Contact:

ACS                  Tony Power      416-619-3500              tpower@acs-corp.com

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

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

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

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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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Contact:

Competitors/Media:      Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413 (709-722-2413)   registrar@targanewfoundland.com

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

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

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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 http://www.centsible.ca.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 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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Contact:

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

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

Newfoundlanders are gearing up for the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina

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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.

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Contact:

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

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