St. John’s, Newfoundland – In honour of the Mini’s 50th anniversary, the marque will be the centre of attention at the eighth annual Targa Newfoundland international rally this September.

Targa MiniFEST will be a week-long celebration for owners and enthusiasts, and will include displays, special events, and discounted entry to the annual rally challenge. A special tour for Minis will coincide with the regular competition, and allow owners to tour the rally route without the usual timing and competition.

Both the original Morris and Austin Minis, first seen in 1959, and the Mini built by BMW since 2002 will be welcome. Both versions have been staples of Targa Newfoundland since its inception in 2002, and a modern Mini has twice won the Open Division competition.

“No other car has so excited and entertained motorsport fans of all ages, created so much fun, for such a long period, and so caught and charged the imagination of so many people with so much delight,” said Robert Giannou, organizer of Targa. “There have been faster cars at Targa, and more dramatic cars, but none have been as popular with the fans as the Mini.”

MiniFEST is the branchild of Richard Paterson of Toronto, a Mini driver in Targa since the event’s inception. It is hoped that Mini owners and enthusiasts will come from around the world for the event. For more information, visit TargaNewfoundland.

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