Thursday, May 25, 2017

Targa Newfoundland Is Having a Baby

This year will be the sixteenth running of the Targa Newfoundland, the 1600 plus km rally held on public roads in Newfoundland each September. In celebration of that, and in memory of Burin native and Targa supporter and fan Tom Hollett, Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited has announced a second targa event: the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina.

The Targa Bambina will be held June 30 to July 3 (the Canada Day long weekend) over closed public roads in the Burin peninsula. According to their website, “If entering Targa is something you’d like to consider, but think it is too expensive, then the Targa Bambina is your thing!”

There will be three divisions: the competitive division (Targa Bambina), which will involve 16 timed stages on closed public roads; a non-competitive division (Fast Touring); and a parade type-division (Show Cruise). It will also be possible to participate in two car shows in the Burin area.

You don’t have to own an expensive rally car to participate (though it would probably help). Rules can be found on the Targa Bambina website, but basically all you need is a road-legal vehicle, a competition license (which they can sell you), and basic safety equipment.

Like the bigger, older Targa, classic cars are welcome in all divisions. Makes me wish I had one, because Newfoundland’s roads are worth driving.

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 Cruise Nights Listing Now Up

I've now updated my cruise nights listing to reflect this year's dates and cruises--you can find the link on the right hand side of the page. Looks like the weather's finally on our side.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Classic Car Events Page Now Up

As promised, I've put together my list of classic car events for May. You'll find the link in the right-hand column. I'll be updating the cruise nights list tomorrow, real life permitting, but most of the cruise nights in last year's list are probably still ongoing--if only the weather will cooperate. Only one event for this weekend and that's the one in Montreal's Hampstead Park this Sunday.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

North American Alfa Romeo Convention to Be Held in Montreal

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Looks like I may be seeing a few Alfa Romeos in my neighbourhood this summer. Alfa expo17, a joint convention of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and the Alfa Romeo Club of Canada, will be held in Montreal (specifically Pointe Claire) this July 13-16. If you live between Kingston and Montreal, you may see some of them on their pre-convention driving tour. The convention will also include an art and model show, time trials, and a Friday lunch at the Orange Julep—probably the best chance for non-members to see some of the cars. For more details, check out their website HERE. You can bet I’ll be watching the local traffic.

I’m busy catching up on work after a two week vacation, but hope to get a chance to put the May car show list together in the next few days. Time to get the toys out!