September 16, 2003
Report from Targa Newfoundland
By Paul Williams
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St. John’s, Newfoundland – The Targa Newfoundland conducted a qualifying “Prologue” day Monday, September 15 that determined placement of the Targa class for the beginning of the race on Tuesday. Drivers in other classes, including Historic and Touring, learned the difference between transits and stages, and familiarized themselves with rally rules and conventions, as all the cars participated in a series of timed events.
Lunch was supplied by Beachy Cove Public School, where the entire school population greeted rally entrants with cheers and pom-poms. Students displayed a giant mural of the Targa event and hunted for autographs from their favourite teams and pictures next to their favourite cars.
Similar enthusiasm was evident throughout the day, as residents lined the course to cheer on the rally participants.
Vehicle casualties were few, but the gold 1965 Mustang Fastback of Lennox McNeely and Jeremy Hill was damaged after leaving the road, and the 1939 Jaguar SS100 replica entered by Daniel Harte & George Joseph lost its gas tank. Drivers and co-drivers were unhurt and the cars may continue in the race.
CanadianDriver’s Paul Williams, sharing driving and navigating duties of a factory sponsored 2003 Mini Cooper S with Brian Harper of the National Post, concluded the Prologue stage without incident.