Posted Feb 9th 2013 8:00PM
The jagged, rocky shoreline and pounding ocean surf renders Newfoundland a pretty spectacular Canadian destination - but the island province becomes a little more enticing for petrol-heads when the annual Targa Newfoundland rolls into town.
Several competition classes see a wide variety of cars in the mix, from Porsche 911s to classic American muscle and everything in between. The competition is so intense and garners such wide-reaching media coverage that Vivid Racing made the trek all the way from Gilbert, Arizona to participate.
So what, exactly, is the Targa Newfoundland? In simple terms, the Targa Newfoundland is the most outrageous Canadian motorsport event next to our annual F1 race in Montreal, and the only event of its kind held in North America.
Launched ten years ago, the event is now a perennial staple for many automotive enthusiasts and racers from around the world, but most drivers arrive from North America. The crew from Vivid Racing hauled their modded Porsche all the up from Gilbert, Arizona after many years of contemplating entry.
To read more and watch Vivid Racing's action-packed video, click here.
This is not one of those 'wave out the window en route to the next fancy BBQ' type of events. Yes, BBQs are fired up on occasion, but the heart of the Targa lies in fierce competition. If you want to win your class, you'll need to drive at-the-limit for much of the 2,200 kilometre course, with consistent driving several days of sleep-deprived, raw, authentic racing.
Competitive sections are held on temporarily closed roads, making up 20 per cent of the course route, and plenty of hay bails are strategically placed to save your skin. But don't think this race comes without its dangers. Besides the regular perils of driving at 10/10ths pace, this uniquely Canadian race course presents the threat of Moose invasion and long ocean drop offs. You're welcome to visit the Atlantic, but organizers would prefer you didn't do so in your car, as this Ferrari Enzo driver did last year.
For details on how to attend or enter the annual event, check out the official website. The next Targa Newfoundland will be held September 14th to the 21st, 2013.