Pike’s Building Centre becomes presenting sponsor of Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina

For immediate release

ST. JOHN’S (June 19, 2017) – The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina is proud to announce that Pike’s Building Centre, Salt Pond-Burin, has agreed to become the presenting sponsor for the tarmac rally, to be held on the Burin Peninsula during the Canada Day long weekend.

Pike’s Building Centre is an integral part of Burin Enterprises, a multi-faceted family-run business that has been a staple in Salt Pond-Burin and on the Burin Peninsula for over 30 years. Servicing the entire Burin Peninsula, Pike’s Building Centre has helped many businesses and families with their building and renovation needs throughout the years.

With four supply trucks and a 6,500-square-foot store sitting on a four-acre site, Pike’s Building Centre has a large selection of inventory to choose from, and is the go-to location for professional contractors and do-it-yourself types. Plus, it has a strong community spirit, helping with charities and sponsoring other local events throughout the Peninsula.

Having Pike’s Building Centre as a presenting sponsor of what is hopefully an annual motorsports event, Targa Bambina President Robert Giannou is encouraged by Pike’s and other businesses on the Burin Peninsula stepping up to support the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina.

“The idea of the Bambina was to promote Tom’s dream of making Burin the centre of motorsports and building a huge tourism base on the Burin Peninsula,” explains Robert. “Having businesses support that dream, and those same businesses having done business with Tom while he was alive, it brings everything full circle. Pike’s Building Centre has a strong foundation on the Peninsula and in the Salt Pond-Burin area. Tom would have been very proud to have them on board for this event.”

The Pike’s Building Centre logo will be prominent on the cover of the official Bambina Routebooks that all competitors receive at Registration. Plus, the logo will have its own decal placement on all competitor vehicles in the Bambina. Pike’s Building Centre will receive local, provincial, national and international exposure due to its presenting sponsorship status of the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina.

Managed and operated by Newfoundland international Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa Motorsport events in the world. The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina competition is scheduled for June 30 – July 3, 2017. The event will utilize the roads on the southern Burin Peninsula and be based out of the community of Burin.

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Media: Melissa Jenkins 709-743-4837 melissaj@targanl.com

Competitors: Darren Sheppard 1-877-332-2413 registrar@targanewfoundland.com

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Rule Change – Rule 5.16 Water or Methyl Hydrate

Today we have edited a single point under Rule 5.16 in both the Bambina and Targa rule documents. Please see below:

Rule 5.16 currently states that “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is not permitted.” This rule applies for both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

As of June 15, 2017, this rule will be changed to the wording of “Water or Methyl Hydrate injection is permitted.” This rule change will apply to both the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events.

Any questions regarding this rule change is to be directed to Mr. Joe Dowden (joe@targanl.com).

June 2nd Entry Deadline for Bambina

With only a few more weeks until the start of the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina, we are asking those who plan to register for the event to please do so by end of business, Friday, June 2nd.

We need your registration in so we can get an accurate count for ordering Route Books, decals, merchandise and meal orders. We also must adjust timing schedules regarding the number of entries so that the roads are not closed for a greater time than absolutely necessary in the communities we are running stages.

We will also be doing a heavy public relations campaign using those who are entered at that time, so if you would like to have your team and vehicle involved in that campaign, enter before June 2nd!

Please contact registrar@targanewfoundland.com or call 1-877-332-2413 for more information and to register your team!

Be a part of history!

NEWS RELEASE                                                            MAY 11, 2017

Be a part of history!

The Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina event launches on the Burin Peninsula in just six weeks!

What a great way to kick off Canada Day weekend, with a first of its kind event in one of the most scenic areas in Newfoundland! We hope the Bambina will be the go-to event for Newfoundlanders and visitors alike for the holiday weekend, and mark the unofficial kick off to summer.

With stages set for Burin, Garnish, Frenchman’s Cove, Spanish Room, Rock Harbour, Jean-de-Baie, Parkers Cove and Rushoon, the Targa team is pleased to be a part of such a great event in memory of one of our former supporters from the area, the late Tom Hollett.

Competitors will be coming from all over Newfoundland, with some participants travelling from the mainland to take part beginning June 30th and running until July 3rd.

In order to make this event a success, we will require support and involvement from communities, individuals and our team here at Targa.

The bigger the success, the greater boost to the economy of the Southern Burin Peninsula.

For this to happen, we require many local volunteers to work along side our team during the event. We will provide training for each role, and all Safety Marshalls, Stage Sector Captains and Deputy Stage Sector Captains will be fully aware of all safety procedures.

Join us in making the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina a real success.

If you or your whole family wish to take part in the event as a volunteer or sponsor, please reach out to President of Targa Newfoundland Robert Giannou at:

Email: rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Cell: 1(709) 682-7900

Office: 1(709) 722-2413

Residence: 1(709) 722-7711

Competitors contact Darren Sheppard at


Or call 1-877-332-2413

Visit our website at http://targabambinanl.com for further details.

See you at the races!

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina rally covers more than 300 kilometers of the challenging, twisty road of the lower Burin Peninsula. The 2017 competition will start in Burin on June 30th and concludes in Swift Current on July 3rd.  With more than 15 closed-road Targa Bambina stages, the lower Burin Peninsula will become the motorsports centre of Newfoundland during Canada Day weekend.


Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa NL


(709) 743-4837