|2012 Targa Newfoundland Start|
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Last year’s Targa Newfoundland ran from September 8 through 14 and right in the middle of that, tropical storm Leslie hit Newfoundland. Fortunately, it only caused one day of bad weather, and the race went on. This year’s begins this Saturday, and once again, a tropical storm, named Gabrielle, is headed that way. Here’s hoping she has as little impact as Leslie did.
I won’t be in St. John’s this year to watch the start and finish, but I’ll certainly be following along online. You can get details on the various stages of the 2,200 km run on the official website. While things can change right up to the last minute, the official start is slated for 12:20 pm Sunday outside the Keg in St. John’s. I can tell you from watching it last year that it’s a lot of fun and a good chance to see the cars and drivers before they get banged up. Leg one starts in Torbay first thing Monday, and, if all goes well, the final leg is in Carbonear on Friday, followed by the ceremonial finish back at the St. John’s Keg. Each night there will be a car show in whichever community the day’s racing ended, to raise funds for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
They’re expecting teams from all over to compete in the three classes: Targa (Classic, Modern and Open), Grand Touring, and Fast Tour, including a team from the UK, a driver from the Turks and Caicos, another from Bermuda, and of course teams from Canada and the US. Many are repeat competitors.
Here’s the Vivid Racing team’s video take on their experience last year. Doesn’t that make you want to go?