December 13, 2002
Targa Newfoundland dates set for next four years
St. John’s, Newfoundland – One year after unveiling ambitious plans for the first Targa
Newfoundland international rally for historic, classic and modern sporting cars, event
organizers have announced bold plans for the event through 2006.
The second annual Targa Newfoundland rally will take place Sunday, September 14 through
Saturday, September 20, 2003, Targa organizer Robert Giannou announced today. Including
pre-event preparations and post-event celebrations, the event will run from September 12
through September 21, 2003.
Giannou also announced dates for the three subsequent Targa events:
- September 18-26, 2004
- September 17-25, 2005
- September 16-24, 2006
“We started work on Targa Newfoundland 2003 the Monday after the 2002 event,” said
Giannou. “The first Targa was a success on a number of fronts, and we are encouraged by
the community, sponsor, competitor and government feedback we’ve received. We have a
tremendous base on which to build.”
Although the 2003 event will follow the same basic format as the inaugural rally,
organizers are looking at improvements to the route, staffing and other aspects of the
event, Giannou said. The 2002 event covered a route of more than 2,000 kilometres over
central and eastern Newfoundland.
An estimated 1,700 community volunteers contributed to the success of the first Targa,
Giannou added, a knowledge base the 2003 rally plans to employ. “We had volunteers from
across Canada and the U.S. join local volunteers to make the rally a success. We have
planned additional training for more crews this year to bring more enthusiastic
volunteers into the running of the event.”
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador was a major sponsor of the 2002 rally. A
funding commitment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) facilitated the
training of volunteers, establishment of the route and the marketing of the 2002 event
internationally, Giannou said.
Giannou expects the 2003 Targa Newfoundland will also attract more competitors.
“The word-of-mouth news about Targa has spread around the world and we already have our
first entries for next year, and that’s before the TV special,” he said. “I’m not going
to make any predictions, but based on the positive feedback we get from this year’s
teams, I think we will see a substantial increase in the number of competitors in 2003.”
A one-hour television special on the 2002 Targa Newfoundland will air December 21, 2002,
in French on the RDS network and in English on January 25, 2003, during prime time on the
Global Television Network.
Targa Newfoundland is presented by Newfoundland International Motorsports Ltd. of St.
John’s and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).