March 21, 2006

Rare classic cars expected at 2006 Targa Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland – A group of valuable and rare classic cars are expected to make their appearance in the next Targa Newfoundland rally this September, say the organizers.

These include one of three 1938 Alfa Romeo race cars in the world, one of the few remaining aluminum-bodied Austin Healey cars built for the Le Mans classic, a rare 1925 Stutz, and a famous Ferrari.

The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Spyder is owned by veteran John Lawson of Melbourne, Australia. Lawson oversaw the comprehensive reconstruction of the car after it was found in desperate condition in Argentina, where it had a Dodge engine installed in it for oval racing. The car had once been a Grand Prix racer before it slipped into obscurity. Today, estimates of its value have gone above $1.5 million,

The Stutz is the prize possession of William Thompson of Florida. Designated a Stutz 695, the upright and elegant roadster with wooden spoke wheels is a perfectly restored example of one of the world’s best-known historic cars.

The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” of Stephen Dudley of Wisconsin holds an important place in the history of the Italian marque. With its legendary 3.0-litre V12 engine and hand-crafted body, the 250 GT was a formidable performer in its day, with wins at the Mille Miglia and Tour de France events of that era. A similar car, one of only 77 ever produced, was recently sold for more than $1.5 million.

The 5th Anniversary Targa Newfoundland will start and end in St. John’s and will cover more than 2,100 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland over six days, including more than 500 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa Stages. In addition to the two primary competitions for Targa and Grand Touring entries, a new category known as Targa Tour has been added for 2006. The latter gives motorsports enthusiasts and collectors of unique and rare vehicles the opportunity to enjoy all that Targa has to offer without the pressure of competition or the need for stringent vehicle preparation.

Targa Newfoundland is owned and organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports.

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