Inspired by the Australian Targa Tasmania, an event that dates back to its early beginnings in 1991, Targa Newfoundland is one of only three Targa events of its kind in the world. The Australian event attracts hundreds of competitors and an international TV audience of just under half a million. But a larger audience and higher profits is not what matters most. Targa Newfoundland and the Targa Tasmania are both about the spirit of fellowship between teams that are there to compete and support each other. After Ralph Giannou – the president of the Targa Newfoundland – travelled to study the Targa Tasmania in the early 2000’s, him and a number of dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers worked hard to bring the first Targa to Newfoundland 10 years ago, in 2001. Acquiring exposure and building its name, the Targa Newfoundland now has competitors flying in from all over the world, from countries as far as Turkey and Bermuda.
From the humble Ford Focus ZX5 to the mighty Maserati MC12, Targa Newfoundland brings out a lit bit of everything for everybody. Rallying and 4-wheel drive seem to always go hand-in-hand, so it should come as no surprise that there are more Subaru’s here than any other brand. MINI also has a strong presence here. With Canadian media personality Jim Kenzie – backed by MINI – racing multiple times over the years with multiple wins the brand has been able to lay claim to victories the classic rallying icon had been void of for so many years. There are some cars that have become staples here with repeated appearances year after year – like the bright Yellow ’69 Camaro piloted by Bob Yuille – and other more recent entries – like second year entrants Team Soldier On made up of two Canadian Forces veterans in a new Acura TL – bring variety to the field of Targa Newfoundland racers.
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