Targa Bambina in memory of Tom Hollett planned for Burin Peninsula

Published on November 14, 2016

A Targa Newfoundland participant drives through the Heritage Square area of Burin in this file photo from 2013. Newfoundland International Motorsports Ltd. has announced plans to base a new event on the Burin Peninsula next summer, the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina, out of the community.

©TC Media file photo

A new Targa event on the Burin Peninsula next summer is promising to give people with an interest in motorsports an opportunity to get behind the wheel.

Newfoundland International Motorsports Ltd. announced plans on Monday to hold the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina over the Canada Day long weekend in 2017.

“We’re quite excited about this because it gives people a much more easily affordable entry fee and it also will provide a place where people with normal cars can get in and run them if they wish to,” Targa Newfoundland president and founder Robert Giannou said.

The event will take place from June 30 to July 3 with three days of racing over 16 stages.
Giannou said a drivers school will be held on the two days prior to the Bambina to prepare participants for the rally. Participants can enter in a competitive division or one that is non-competitive.

As with Targa Newfoundland, stages for the Bambina will use roads on the Burin Peninsula. The community of Burin will serve as the event’s main base.

Targa Bambina was established with Burin native Tom Hollett in mind, Giannou said.

Hollett, who was killed in a motorcycle accident this summer, was a big supporter of Targa Newfoundland, the weeklong road rally held in the province each September.

Funds generated by the new event will benefit the Oldest Colony Trust, a registered charity Hollett established to create and maintain public amenities in Burin such as historical buildings, recreational areas and trail systems.

Targa has had a bumpy ride on the Burin Peninsula in the past. Most of the local communities that initially jumped on board for Targa Newfoundland road rally eventually decided to drop out. In recent years, just a couple of communities in the region’s northern area have taken part.

Next year’s Bambina will bring Targa rallying back to the southern portion of the Burin Peninsula.

Along with Burin, Garnish and Parker’s Cove will host stages, Giannou said, and agreements are presently being finalized with other towns in the region.

 “We will have no problem filling the stages whatsoever,” Giannou said.