September 11, 2007

Targa Newfoundland gets its sixth annual event underway

St. John’s, Newfoundland – More than 70 teams from around the world met in St. John’s on Sunday for the official ceremony marking the start of the sixth annual Targa Newfoundland. The six-day event will cover more than 2,200 km, beginning and ending in St. John’s.

Among the entries are factory-supported teams from companies including Mini, Mazda, Lexus and Subaru. Competitors receive no prize money, but race for coveted Targa plates; it is estimated the event brings $16 million into the province in direct and indirect spending.

The event also raises money for its official charity, Easter Seals of Newfoundland and Labrador, with over $60,000 donated over the event’s history. Easter Seals Ambassador Justin Mercer, who has cerebral palsy, completed the first stage in a Mazda specially adapted with hand controls.

The event began on Saturday, September 8 with registration and technical inspection, and with preliminary stages on Sunday. The event will finish on Friday, September 14.

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