It’s that Time of year again. Time to prepare for Bambina Newfoundland!
You are maybe wondering, what is Bambina Newfoundland?
Written by Andrew Warren.
I had been driving a Mustang GT for nearly 20 years before entering that first Bambina… I thought I knew my car! I thought I had forced it, about as good as I could have; and certainly imagined myself a decent driver. Probably as good as half of those fellas on TV… Right? Sigh. Wrong. I had NO idea. When you strap yourself down, check the fire extinguisher, windows up, helmet on. It gets real! When you have enough road, and can legally hammer that thing around the next turn as comfortable as possible;
The cars sat crackling and popping as they cooled off after the third or fourth race of Targa Bambina 2018, and twenty-five of us sat on the wall by Appleby’s in Burin exhilarated. Grinning ear to ear and as happy as could be. Most of us, honestly could not recollect a single moment in our lives, that was as exciting; as what we had just experienced. It was the stuff that made little boys dream! Driving our machines as we had always envisioned; on wide closed roads, with no oncoming traffic, around the cliffs and into the tree-laden landscape of our beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador. It is almost, indescribable. It felt like fire and lightning in our veins! We were blessed, calm and grateful for the opportunity, all at the same time. Brake your limit…or your car’s… Let me tell you something. That is when you truly understand your relationship with your vehicle. Moreover, perhaps yourself.
So back to the subject. The Tom Hollett Memorial Bambina is a scaled-down version of Targa Newfoundland. Bambina means “child” or “little one,” and it requires less time, less investment, and less equipment. Because the speeds and regulations differ slightly from the full Targa, teams can enter and race for less than a thousand dollars, over a three-day weekend. You will be trained on Bambina rules and regulations, competition etiquette, and directed safety protocols for road racing. It is an excellent opportunity for local amateur racers to experience something only available in exclusive areas of the globe, for a fraction of the price these events usually command.
I made friends for life at that first Bambina, and am stoked to rerun Canada Day weekend. There is indeed nothing I am more looking forward to, seeing my buddies again, the incredible home-cooked meals in the communities, and even our cracked, old heave and fro’ patchwork pavement. Navigating our roads, at speed; is an experience you will not soon forget.
Newfoundland Motorsports would like to thank everyone for the early entries into the 2019 events. We are indeed up to par and more than equal to previous years. Targa Newfoundland will have some new brand promotions soon, so keep your eyes open for Targa and Bambina gear giveaways and specials
More to come profiling some of our early entrants, returning competitors, and new stages for 2019!