Lord’s Cove – Added to Targa Newfoundland September 2018 Race Schedule

For immediate release

Targa Newfoundland has recently been granted formal approval for planned high velocity closed road stages, in the community of Lord’s Cove, NL. Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.

Targa Newfoundland is very grateful for the exceptional hospitality the smaller communities of the Burin Peninsula continue to exhibit and show the competitors and event, and we hope to bring some new tourist traffic and wonderful excitement both, to Lord’s Cove this coming September.

With a current population of under 200 residents, the people of Lord’s Cove have historically relied significantly on the fishing industry.  A notable (tragic) fact in the history of Lord’s Cove was that on November 18th, 1929, a tsunami struck the town and along with killing 18 residents of the area, lay waste to nearly all the critical fishing infrastructure which supported the community.  A difficult time, to be sure, and many years of re-building would follow.

Birdwatchers currently visit Lord’s Cove to see the colonies of the ‘Leach’s Storm-Petrel’ and the ‘Manx Shearwater’ The Manx Shearwater colony is the only known colony in North America, for these shy, burrowing birds and the local Ecological Reserve also protects black-backed gulls, black guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, and Arctic terns.  Other local attractions include Sandy Cove beach and trail, The Pantry (local eatery) and the Wave Energy Research Centre.

Lord’s Cove is in the region of Chamber’s Cove; the site of the infamous United States marine disaster where the USS Truxtun and the USS Pollux went down in a ‘howling’ gale off our coast in February 1942.  The people of Newfoundland rescued and saved the lives of many people that fateful night, though 203 souls were still lost.

I still to this day, remember my grandmother (from St. Lawrence) telling me the story as she remembered it:

“everyone was covered and reeked of the black diesel fuel, from the busted tanks of the sinking ships. The men had set up ropes and pullies to bring people ashore, and the ladies were helping to clean, warm, and get the sailors to shelter…. It was bad… winds were howling…snow was blowing… you couldn’t see five feet in front of you…. People and bodies were everywhere.”

She remembers one of the rescued sailors telling them to stop cleaning his (African – American) face, as the darker skin was his natural color and was not going to wipe off! It was the first time most local residents, had ever seen a man of color. This gentleman’s name was Lanier Phillips, and throughout the years returned to Newfoundland many times to thank the people for their rescue and care for him, in that special time of need.  He had never been treated so kindly, by white people, Mr. Phillips said, and in 2011 was given honorary membership into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador for his work in civil rights in the U.S.  Mr. Phillips died on March 12, 2012, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

A memorial was opened last year in St. Lawrence, in dedication to the men and women of the region, who risked their lives; as well as, in memoriam to those United States sailors, whom we could not save.

Targa Newfoundland is very proud to be running in the community of Lord’s Cove, and we are all very much looking forward to our luncheon there!

Thank you to everyone who helped facilitate making this happen, and please contact us at volunteer@targanl.com if you are interested in participating in this (or a future) event during stages across your community areas.

Story of the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux courtesy of Memorial University Marine Archives:

St. Lawrence Monument Dedication (2017) (Southern Gazette)

Great story by Downhome magazine and a personal insight into the disaster

Contact:

Robert Giannou          1-709-682-7900          rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Mike Aylward              1-709-330-5325          mikea@targanl.com

David Noseworthy      1-709-222-2053          david@targanl.com

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 event starts with our two-day optional Driving School on September 13th & 14th. The Tech/Registration Day is September 15th. Prologue Stages occur on September 16th. The actual competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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