What is Targa?
Targa Newfoundland is the first and only event of its kind to be held in North America. At twelve years young, every aspect of our high end automotive adventure just keeps getting better. As motorsport enthusiasts, we know that limits were made to be pushed and cars were designed to be driven. It's about the drive!
At Targa Newfoundland, each September, we do just that.
We offer a 2200 kilometre course with scenery & competition we know you won't find anywhere else – enjoy the paved, open roads of eastern & central Newfoundland and the many wonders of natural beauty. Our competitor's only complaint may be that their speed is so fast and focus so good, they have little time to enjoy the smell of the salt water or the up close and personal views of the Atlantic Ocean on the shoreline.
Competitive sections are held on roads closed to the general public and comprise 20% of the total course. A world class support staff and volunteer crew will be ready and waiting to meet your needs as you complete each stage. In creating a world-class event, we've created a first-class team of people (problem solvers of the finest kind) who really want to help you do your best.
There are three distinct ways to participate.
- Targa Division which includes Classic, Modern, and Open Divisions.
- Grand Touring Division, a Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) style competiton for vehicles not prepped for racing. This includes an Unequipped Division which does not permit integrated distance, time and speed computing aids and and Equipped Division which permits integrated distance, time and speed computing aids.
- Fast Tour Division is not a competition. It is a tour within Targa that is designed to allow car owners to drive them the way they were built to be driven, within the limits prescribed by the event, but without the stress of competition.
And while we cannot promise you great weather (did someone say rain, drizzle, and fog?), but we can promise you community support unlike any other that you've seen or experienced. Newfoundlanders will be waiting for you as you tackle each stage and you might find your greatest fans are hundreds of school children eager for an autograph and a picture. On any given day during Targa Newfoundland, you'll play hero dozens of times.
Speaking of personal best, we've designed our event so that every competitor not only has an opportunity to measure their performance against their fellow competitors but in fact, each vehicle competes against itself on a handicap basis.
Yes, we have winners but our prize isn't money – its bragging rights and personal fulfilment. To that end, completing or just participating in Targa Newfoundland is reward enough and beyond anything you have ever experienced.
Our return competitor rate of 55% attests to this!
It's an accomplishment like no other and the week long adventure that is your real prize. You'll return home with memories, friends, and extraordinary stories that will make you the envy of your friends.
We know you'll be back! Targa Newfoundland – It's About the Drive!