2017 Bambina Review Book & Team CD’s by Ralph Saulnier.

Long-time event photographer Ralph Saulnier is selling his 2017 Bambina Review Books and CD’s of images taken during the event, plus team specific image CD’s.

The book is $20 ($25 if needs to be mailed) and can be picked up during Targa week locally (we’ll have copies at the office too). Please email Darren at registrar@targanewfoundland.com or contact Ralph at ralph@ragincajun.ca to place an order for the Book. More information is available below.

If you’d like a CD of images or team-specific images, please contact Ralph directly. More information is on the image below.

Both make great gifts for competitors, folks who are from the Burin but living and working on the mainland, or general motorsports fans!

A message from President of Bambina, Mr. Robert Giannou


Thank you for participating in the first Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina event ever held in the western, or northern Hemispheres.  By all accounts it was a significant success and was enjoyed by those who organized, competed and spectated.

We had our share of challenges on the way into the event; from communications issues with communities, to a limited entry list which caused a very tight budget, to the many smaller changes and issues we had to deal with.  We had more than our share of surprises and adventures in the event, but all were dealt with effectively and, as a result the event worked well.  It was on schedule, on time, with all but two stages were completed.  Those two were replaced on the final day.

The completion was fought to the final stage, as it should be, because that is the Targa way.  The vehicles were well prepared and as we discovered, much faster than we anticipated.   So we will have to make a number of adjustments to the courses, the rules and the speeds for coming events.

Our Targa organization worked tirelessly and well and after a little bit of a slow start (which seems to be part of the first day of each event) we operated wonderfully together.   To those of you that switched positions or added responsibilities at the last moment, thank you.  To those that restored the timing equipment over the winter and revised the Stage Ops Training processes thank you.  The event management and Incident response groups ran well and operated in a very ‘can do’ manner, thereby setting an example for all.

In the Bambina we learned about ourselves, the event, the competition and about the communities in which we operate.  While we had our share of issues we handled them, coming out all the better for the experience.  From all this new and reinforced knowledge, we can make adjustments and changes to the way we design, organize and run the next Targa Bambina event.

Lastly, for those who have sent us feedback we thank you.  Every bit of it is valuable, every bit much appreciated and will be considered.  In the coming days we will endeavor to reply to each of you but rest assured, the one thing that came out of this first Targa Bambina, was that it developed a character much different than its parent.  The event evolved into a short, well balanced and very tough little event capable of providing every bit of the challenge of its parent… but in a very different way.  Targa Newfoundland as we all  know and most of us have experienced is known as the Ironman of Motorsport, the Bambina is the ultimate Targa sprint and certainly provides…a taste of Targa.

Thank you all,


Andrew Warren wins first ever Targa Bambina for cousin Cortney Lake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 July 3rd, 2017

Andrew Warren and George Gouzvaris of Marystown are the very first ever overall winner of the Targa NL Bambina event.

Warren competed in memory of his cousin Cortney Lake, whose disappearance last of a homicide investigation in the St. John’s region.

He placed decals of her photo on his 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra as a tribute to the 24-year-old.

“It was a difficult day, and a difficult weekend for sure,” he said after the big win. “It definitely feels good to win, especially in her memory. That’s what meant the world to me.”

Warren and Gouzvaris beat the second place competitors by one second to take the title.

When asked how their experience was this weekend, Warren was quick to respond.

“Absolutely great event, I thought it was wicked,” he explained. “I can’t wait for it to grow.”

Part of their prize includes free registration to the Targa NL event this September. Warren said he’s going to try and compete, and Gouzvaris said he’s on board if they do.

“At the end of the day, this wasn’t about the win,” he said. “This was special for her.”

Photo: Andrew Warren poses with his 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra and his trophies from the Targa Bambina event in Burin this past weekend.

Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa Newfoundland

cell: 709-743-4837

email: melissaj@targanl.com

Targa Bambina concludes with large number of spectators on final stages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 July 3rd, 2017

Targa Bambina concluded this afternoon with dozens of participants, including drivers and volunteers, finishing the competition in Parker’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula, and hundreds of observers viewing the event in the community.

Today’s competition saw the drivers and navigators take on the stages in both Rushoon and Parker’s Cove.

We did have a vehicle off in the final stage of today’s event, but the occupants are ok.

Andrew Warren and George Gouzvaris of Marystown took home the overall title (see separate news release for the details), giving them the opportunity to compete at the major Targa NL event September 10th through 15th.

The event’s complete results are as follows:

2-Wheel Drive Classic category

  1. Andrew Warren and George Gouvaris 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra
  2. Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser 1992 Mazda Miata
  3. Lee Hayward and Mike Hayward 1993 Honda Civic Hatchback

All-Wheel Drive Classic category

  1. Dave Robinson and Tobias Bourdeau 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac

2-Wheel Drive Modern category

  1. Justin Soo and Mitchell Ryall 2007 Chevy Corvette
  2. Danny Alyward and Jeff Gorich 2015 Chevy Camaro
  3. Dan Joannis and Brad Warren 2006 VW Jetta 2.5

All-Wheel Drive Modern category

  1. Josh Collins and Matt Collins 2002 Subaru WRX
  2. Len Pike and Clark Hancock 2012 Subaru STI
  3. Gordon Maxwell and Wayne Lorenzen 2012 Mitsubishi Evo MR Touring

The Sportsmanship Award for the non-competitive Fast Tour division went to Nancy Levo and John Robinson from Nova Scotia.

For information on Targa Newfoundland and its events, please visit targanfld.com.

Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa Newfoundland

cell: 709-743-4837

email: melissaj@targanl.com

Cousin of Cortney Lake competes at Bambina in her memory

Cousin of Cortney Lake competes at Bambina in her memory

The investigation into the disappearance of Cortney Lake turned tragic last week when it was revealed the RNC believe she was the victim of a homicide.

The news shocked people all over the province, but especially in the Marystown area, where many of her family members live.

Lake’s cousin Andrew Warren is one of those people.

Warren was set to register for the Targa NL Bambina event on the morning of June 30th, when he received the devastating news that there was evidence to support she had been killed.

Instead of cancelling his entry in the event, he decided he would commemorate her during the ride.

“When my mom called me to tell me the news before it was all over Facebook, at that time I was at OK Tire, doing some work with the car, putting on some decals,” Warren explained. “So when she told me, I was really tore up about it.”

It was a hard piece of news for the family to get, and Warren wasn’t sure whether or not he would continue with Bambina. But an idea crossed his mind, and he decided he would continue, with one minor adjustment.

He would put “In loving memory” and a photo of Cortney on the front of his 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra, and compete for her.

“I was so excited about competing in Bambina, and then it was just a really bad day,” he continued. “I thought maybe it was my little tribute, my little farewell, I guess.”

The family was very supportive of putting the decals on for the event, Warren said.

“I’d like to win for her,” he explained.

Photo Targa NL: Andrew Warren with his 1990 Mustang Cobra and the decals in memory of cousin Cortney Lake.

Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa Newfoundland

cell: 709-743-4837

email: melissaj@targanl.com