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U.S. competitors will vie for Kammer Cup at Targa Newfoundland

American competitors who help make history as part of the first Targa Newfoundland international rally for historic, classic and modern sporting cars will have an additional prize in their sights: the Kammer Cup.

A special award for the U.S. entry with the lowest aggregate score for the week-long, 2,300-kilometre rally, the Kammer Cup is named in honor of long-time rally competitor and vintage rally activist Walt Kammer. A trophy is being created in his name and will be presented at the awards gala at the end of the inaugural Targa Newfoundland rally.

Walt is a life-long rally competitor and organizer. From his base in western New York State, he has been a successful driver and navigator, and been instrumental in organizing and promoting numerous events across the U.S. and Canada. In recent years, he has been tireless in promoting vintage classes and competition in North America, and his personal rally fleet includes two extraordinary vintage rally cars: a thoroughly beautiful Datsun 510 and a recently restored, pedigree Renault Alpine A110.

His competition resumé includes the amazing Panama to Alaska Rally and the Alcan Rally and numerous national events in the U.S. and Canada.

"Walt was one of the people who encouraged us to start Targa Newfoundland, and his advice has been very valuable," say Bob Giannou, organizer of Targa Newfoundland. "He has been a true believer in the potential of rally competition for vintage cars. The sport owes him a great deal."

Targa Newfoundland is patterned after the highly successful Targa Tasmania in Australia and Targa New Zealand rally events, and is expected to attract more than 150 cars for the September 13-22 event. The event includes two separate competitions: Targa Newfoundland, a 'special stage' format event for fully prepared cars, with 37 closed-road special Targa stages covering more than 500 kilometres, and Newfoundland Trials, a gentle distance-speed-time event that covers the same route.

Targa Newfoundland will start and finish in St. John's and the route will cover portions of the Avalon, Burin, Notre Dame and Bonavista peninsulas on the Canadian island province. The event is staged with the co-operation of Octagon Motorsports (which administers Targa Tasmania) and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).


Media: Competitors:
Doug Mepham Robert Giannou
(613)966-4969 (709)722-2413
[email protected] [email protected]

Also see www.targanewfoundland.com
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