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Targa Newfoundland 2004 date changed

ST. JOHN?S, Nov. 5, 2003 ? The date of the third annual Targa Newfoundland international rally has been moved forward one week to accommodate the scheduled ferry that serves eastern Newfoundland, organizers have announced.

The week-long rally and related festivities will begin on Saturday, September 11, 2004, and conclude the following Sunday, September 19. The event will follow the same format as previous years, with Demonstration Day, Prologue and five days of competition, starting and finishing in St. John?s.

The dates were changed to ensure that competitors could travel to the island and return on the ferry service that connects North Sydney, N.S. and Argentia on the south-east shore of Newfoundland. Each September, the North Sydney-Argentia ferry schedule is adjusted from three return-trips weekly to once per week before the services is halted entirely for the winter season. Ferry service between North Sydney and Channel-Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland, runs all year long but requires an additional day?s drive on each end of the trip.

?The Argentia ferry is key to our scheduling,? said Robert Giannou, rally organizer. ?Given that almost all of our competitors come from a long distance away, it means they can reach the start of the event with a day less travel and get home a day earlier. Many are already on the road more than two weeks and two more days makes a big difference.?

Future dates for the rally are also being reviewed, the organizer confirmed. ?This also gives us a chance to anchor Targa to a regular time-frame each year,? Giannou added. ?We look forward to the day when the second week of September is known as Targa Newfoundland week all over North America.?

The 2003 Targa Newfoundland event attracted nearly 60 teams from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Holland and the Bahamas, as well as from the U.S. and Canada, and has generated positive international publicity and tourism revenue for the eastern and central portions of Newfoundland.

Patterned after the successful Targa Tasmania (Australia) and Targa New Zealand events, Targa Newfoundland was created to provide the owners of historic, classic and modern sporting cars the opportunity to drive them the way they were intended to be driven, safely and in the spirit of goodwill and good competition.

Targa Newfoundland is owned and organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).



Media: Doug Mepham (613)966-4969 or Ruth Marks (709)753-0794
Sponsors: Scott Giannou (709)576-7537
Competitors: Robert Giannou (709)722-2413
Website: www.targanewfoundland.com
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