Targa Newfoundland was and still is the first and only tarmac rally of its kind to be held in North America! As motorsports enthusiasts, we know that limits are made to be pushed and that cars were designed to be driven. It’s all about the drive!
As we enter our third decade, we offer a 2,000-kilometre course that brings you through scenery we know you will not find elsewhere! While the competition courses are fantastic, they are often outdone by the shear spectacular beauty of the scenery which surrounds the competitive stages. From the pristine seaside and the wild looming rugged ocean cliffs, to the century-old towns and villages, to the uplands and into the mountains; the island of Newfoundland is spectacular! And all of this breathtaking view is encompassed by clean fresh ocean air scented with the tangy taste of the salt water ocean that surrounds this wonderous and beautiful island.
Enjoy the scenic-paved roads that we have selected for your Targa Newfoundland adventure the way few have the privilege of experiencing… by entering and participating in Targa Newfoundland. Our competitor’s only complaint is that their speeds are so fast, and their focus so complete, that they have little time to enjoy the smell of the salt water or the up-close and personal views as they drive along the shoreline edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
The competitive sections of the stages are held on roads closed to the general public. They comprise approximately 30% of the total course. The balance of the course takes participants from one stage to another in what we call transits.
Our volunteers are world-class. They come from our local communities as well as from all across North America. When it comes to this type of all-weather motorsports event, they are the best. In the 20 years since we created this event, we have built a first-class volunteer team of people who run a safe and timely event and who really want to help you do your best and enjoy your time with us.
With its specially created Course Familiarization Program (CFP) which is included in the registration fee, the Targa Newfoundland event has established a safety record that is second to none.
There are three distinct divisions to participate in:
1 The Targa Tour Division is not a competition; it is a division within Targa that is designed to let enthusiasts tour the same closed roads as the competitive division. Participants drive cars the way they were meant to be driven within the prescribed limits of the event.
Daily Targa Tour or Taste of Targa is a part of the Targa Tour but does not require you to be involved in the event for the full week. A minimum of one day or a maximum of three days will get you to experience what it is like to participate in Targa without having to be in for the full event. The Targa Tour participants are the first to start each stage.
2 The Grand Touring Division is a time-speed distance style competition for vehicles not prepped for racing. This division permits integrated distance, time and speed-computing aids. What is Grand Touring exactly? It is a Distance, Speed and Time contest which requires exactness of pace and close timing. It is run on the same closed roads with its own speed regulations. Read about it in-depth by GT champion John Hume Sr. here: * Grand Touring DST How-To Manual. The Grand Touring competitors are the second to start each stage.
3 The Targa Division operates in two Sub-Divisions,
a. Targa 1 (which runs with the Grand Touring Division) is subject to its own Targa 1 competition rules which are divided into four classes: one and two-wheel drive, and early and modern cars. Targa 1 has the same speed restrictions as the Grand Touring Division.
b. Targa 2 includes Classic, Modern, and Open classes. These vehicles are fully prepared with roll cages, safety equipment, and upgraded engines and suspensions. This is the highest level of competition in Targa. Targa Division will start last, with competitor vehicle start positions are set on the general principle of the slowest car first, fastest car last.