September 15, 2003
Targa Newfoundland underway
St. John’s, Newfoundland – Thousands of eager fans lined the route for the start of the Targa Newfoundland on Saturday. The 2003 version of Targa Newfoundland will again be a six-day, 2,000-plus kilometre automobile adventure for the owners of great sporting cars from around the world. This year’s event starts and finishes in St. John’s and is running September 13 through September 21.
Patterned after the successful Targa Tasmania (Australia) and Targa New Zealand events, Targa Newfoundland was created to provide the owners of these pedigree machines the opportunity to drive them the way they were intended to be driven, safely and in the spirit of goodwill and good competition.
CanadianDriver’s Paul Williams is participating in this year’s Targa Newfoundland, sharing the driving duties with the National Post’s Brian Harper. Harper and Williams are driving a Mini Cooper S on behalf of Mini Canada in the Touring Class. Another Mini Cooper, driven by Jim Kenzie and Gabriel Gelinas, is competing in the Targa Class.
Comments on Saturday’s Demonstration Leg from rally competitors:
“It was just as magical as it was last year. It’s great to be able to come out and show the cars to the fans, up close and in action. This personal interaction is what makes this event charming.”
Bob English, Driver
2003 Kia Rio RX-V (competitor #904)
“This was my first time doing anything like this. My driver (Rick MacLeod) is the best one I have driven with in my entire life. This is an incredible experience