Targa Newfoundland

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Targa Newfoundland
Targa Newfoundland logo.png
Category Rally
Country Newfoundland, Canada
Inaugural season 2002
Drivers' champion Canada Andrew Comrie-Picard
Official website http://www.targanewfoundland.com

Targa Newfoundland is an annual 2,200-kilometre (1,400 mi) long road rally. It is held over a seven-day period in September of each year on the paved roads of the eastern and central parts of Newfoundland.

Mazda RX-8 used in the rally, shown at the 2005 Canadian International Autoshow.

The event allows the owners of historic, classic and modern sporting motor vehicles to drive them the way they were designed to be driven in a rally competition. In the event each vehicle competes against itself on a handicap basis as well as against other vehicles.

Targa 2004 plate on a Mitsubishi.

Several events are run over the same stages, which remain closed to other traffic during this time:

  • Fast Tour, a non competitive event which allows the owners of exotic cars to drive them the way they were meant to be driven, without the stress of competition;
  • Grand Touring, a time-speed-distance rally (TSD Rally) emphasizing precision in maintaining the average speed set by the organizers;
  • Targa, where the objective is to meet or slightly better the stage times set by the organizers for the age, displacement and modification level of the vehicle. Every competitor who completes all stages within the established trophy times wins a Targa plate.

There are also trophies for overall placing in the Touring and Targa events, and for placing within the various categories within the Targa event, as well as trophies for national and marque teams, and for the best-placed novice team.

The Targa Newfoundland is made possible though the efforts of 2,200+ volunteers and members of 70+ Newfoundland communities.

Event Format[edit]

The competitive portion of Targa Newfoundland begins and ends in the city of St. John's. The format for 12th annual event in 2013 will be:

  • Prologue (September 15) – St. John's area
  • Leg 1 (September 16) – Northeast Avalon
  • Leg 2 (September 17) – Exploits
  • Leg 3 (September 18) – Bonavista Peninsula
  • Leg 4 (September 19) – Heritage Run
  • Leg 5 (September 20) – North Avalon

List of Past Winners – Targa Division[edit]

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle Total Penalties
2002 Australia Len Cattlin Australia Gayle Cattlin 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 0:01:36
2003 United States Bill Arnold United States Peter Guagenti 1972 BMW Bavaria 0:00:38
2004 United States Bill Arnold United States Tamara Hull 1972 BMW Bavaria 0:00:10
2005 United States Bill Arnold Canada Alan Ryall 1972 BMW Bavaria 0:00:45
2006 Canada Glen Clarke Canada Evan Gamblin 1979 Porsche 911 0:02:30
2007 United States Roy Hopkins United States Adrienne Hughes 1969 BMW 2002 0:01:46
2008 United States Roy Hopkins United States Adrienne Hughes 1969 BMW 2002 0:00:25
2009 United States Roy Hopkins United States Adrienne Hughes 1969 BMW 2002 0:00:10
2010 Canada Scott Giannou Canada Ray Felice 1981 Porsche 911 SC 0:00:58
2011 Canada Scott Giannou Canada Ray Felice 1981 Porsche 911 SC 0:01:04
2012 Canada Andrew Comrie-Picard Canada Brian O'Kane 2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX 0:00:26

List of Past Winners – Grand Touring Division[edit]

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle Total Penalties
2002 Canada Alan Ryall Canada Carolyn Ryall 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 0:00:00
2003 Canada Jean-Francois Drolet Canada Rejean Beaulieu 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe 0:00:00
2004 Canada Jean-Francois Drolet Canada Rejean Beaulieu 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe 0:00:04
2005 Canada Brian Crockatt Canada Gail Walker 1987 BMW 535i 0:00:16
2006 Canada Bruce Terris Canada Andy Proudfoot 1991 Subaru Legacy Turbo 0:00:06
2007 Canada Alan Kearley Canada Greg Martin 2004 Mazda 3 Sport GT 0:00:18
2008 Canada John Vandemierden Canada Stu Lehmann 2008 Lotus Elise 0:00:03
2009 Canada Ferdinand Trauttmansdorf Canada Christoph Trauttmansdorff 1990 BMW 325i 0:00:00
2010 United States Alan Townsley United States David Fuhrmann 2003 Acura RSX 0:00:02
2011 Canada Justin Crant Canada Justin Russell 1997 VW Golf trek 0:00:00
2012 Canada John Hume Sr. Canada Craig MacMullen 2011 BMW 335is 0:00:16

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2002 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  2. ^ 2003 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  3. ^ 2004 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  4. ^ 2005 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  5. ^ 2006 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  6. ^ 2007 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring
  7. ^ 2008 Targa Newfoundland Results by Rally Scoring

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