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Spotted it here. <A HREF="http://www.globeandmail.com/globemegawheels/20021017/flat.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.globeandmail.com/globemegawheels/20021017/flat.html</a><p>It looks like a P1800 competed as well. The race sounds like a pretty cool event. Text below.<p>Flat-out fun and serious racing<br>World-class event screeches its way into Newfoundlanders' hearts <br>By Bob English<br>Thursday, October 17, 2002<p>ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland - More than half the population of this island province once again showed how truly unique Newfoundlanders are. They opened their hearts and temporarily closed their roads last month to allow a travelling circus of competition cars from across the globe to compete in something called the Targa Newfoundland Rally. This inaugural event was patterned on similar, all-tarmac, performance rallys held annually in Tasmania and New Zealand. It presented teams, driving cars ranging from classic to modern, with a gruelling schedule of competition over five days and 2300 kilometres, about 500 of which involved running flat-out over closed roads. There was also a Trials (touring) class for non-competition cars. <p>Organizers estimate 350,000 "Newfies" were affected by the event. Not all of those who turned out to watch were entirely clear what it was all about to begin with, but by the end of a solid week of exposure to the first major motorsport event in the province in decades, however, they were obviously getting the hang of it.<p>Entire families, often including granny and grandpa, lined front porch rails in places like Frenchman's Cove, Mortier and Leading Tickles (36 communities in all) to watch a licorice all-sorts of cars howl down their shoreside main streets or hang tail-out through their tight and twisty back alleys. One town thought they were getting a parade. Boy, were they surprised. One special closed road stage took the cars through 40 left and right hand turns in a residential Gander subdivision, while residents watched from lawn chairs. The village of Marystown even declared a civic holiday and everybody came out to watch - well except one grumpy guy. And when the competitors arrived at Beachy Cove Elementary school for a lunch stop there were 400 students lined up in the rain waving tiny hand-made Targa flags to greet them. Even at road junctions on the Trans Canada Highway, 80 km from the nearest action, you'd find carloads of people waiting to catch a glimpse of the cars and give a wave as you went by. Some 2,000 volunteers were involved in running the event itself. <p>The atmosphere all week was magic and competitors, many of whom have competed in rallys around the world, were genuinely overwhelmed by the reception they received from the local population. And it just never stopped. At every overnight halt the parc ferme (also known as the local hockey rink) was jammed with people getting an up-close look at the cars and meeting their crews. <p>The machinery - about 40 cars were entered for this first-ever event - included a 1938 Alfa-Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder, MGs, Austin-Healeys, a BMW M Coupe and Jaguar XK140. There were also heavy metal Mustangs, an all-Canadian Canso (a.k.a. Pontiac Acadian), a hot Datsun 280Z, potent Porsches and a little silver, bog-stock-but-feisty Kia Rio RX-V Sport with a nasty, raspy exhaust. The million dollar, open-cockpit Alfa was driven through rain and shine by hardy Aussies John Lawson and his son Andrew.<p>By week's end it was firing on only three cylinders. The notably less pricey Kia, driven by myself and ably navigated by St. John's K-ROCK radio guy Ken Ash in the competition category, formed part of a three vehicle Carguide magazine team. Despite our matching red and white driving suits, however, most of the attention focused on the event's larger-than-life types. Like big, bearded, Stetsoned and cowboy-booted Chip Johns from New Mexico, who attempted to hammer Newfoundland's rough roads into submission with his thundering, V8-engined, '65 Ford Falcon Rally Sprint. Or the equally imposing team, in terms of visual impact, outsized Jerry Churchill of Dearborn, Michigan and his red Viper GTS. A lack of ground clearance forced them to slow their pace much of the time. Well, except for that day he tried to catch up to the event after a minor mechanical problem and was issued a ticket by an understanding, but duty-bound, RCMP officer for "imprudent driving." Well, yes, you could have called it that.<p>Also something of a novelty was Newfoundland reverend Edison Wiltshire, sponsored by Ezra Chaplaincy Services, and soon dubbed the Faster Pastor, who, with navigator Margo Wiltshire, competed in an ecclesiastic-looking, black Citroen Traction Avante. Canadian rally champion Tom McGeer seemed a shoo-in for top spot in the crowd-pleaser category early in the week when he rolled his 1964 Falcon onto its door handles in the St. John's Confederation Building's parking lot when he hit a curb during a pre-rally demonstration run. But less "spectacular" driving in the event itself saw his popularity fade and tail off. He and his American navigator Mark Williams (the car's understanding owner) finished third overall after a hard-fought battle with the eventual winners, Australians Len and Gayle Cattlin in their '67 Ford Mustang Fastback. They followed the second place team of Lennox McNeely and Jeremy Hill from Ontario in a 1965 Mustang. Doug Mepham and Jim Kenzie, also from Ontario, trailed in fourth with their 1971 Volvo 142 S. Newfoundlanders didn't just stand back and watch the action either. Whenever stuff happened a "local" was there to pitch in. They helped find and install a new rear axle in the McGeer/Williams car. Two highly enthusiastic St. John's street-racers-gone-legit, Adam Sparkes and Ken Batstone, found help putting their Civic back together overnight after a crash that left the repair crew with pretty much just the middle part to work with. The Carguide magazine team car of Jud Buchanan and Peter Wright also got a boost with an overnight Canso clutch replacement in Gander that got them to the finish. Some serious crashes during the week took out a Sunbeam Tiger, a Volvo P1800, a very rare and beautifully restored 1955 competition Austin-Healey and, on the last day, the Datsun 280Z of Megawheels contributor Jack MacDonnell and Carson Rasmussen from Ontario, fortunately with no serious injuries resulting. <p>Ken and I, in our speedy, apparently un-killable Kia, finished a respectable thirteenth overall and second in class. We only missed collecting a Targa Trophy (awarded for completing all the special stages within a given time limit) because we actually pedaled the Kia a bit too fast at one point. We blew a final day special stage - averaging more than the allowable 132 km. The third Carguide entry, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Ontario's Jil McIntosh and Sylvie Rainville from Quebec finished second to Alan and Carolyn Ryall of Ontario in a Subaru WRX in the Trials division.<p>It was an amazing week, in a truly remarkable part of Canada, and if you'd like to see what it was like for yourself tune your TV to Global on Jan.25 to view a one-hour documentary on the event. Or better yet, plan on taking part next September in the second running of the Targa Newfoundland Rally.<br>
 

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Re: 142S Takes 4th in Newfoundland Road Rally (Evolvo)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>A lack of ground clearance forced them to slow their pace much of the time.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> lol, sounds like a pretty cool event to have been at. all i can say is 'go the volvos'<p>michael.
 

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Re: 142S Takes 4th in Newfoundland Road Rally (devalmyth)

What a neat event! I've always wanted to see Newfoundland, and here's a good enough reason for me! I'm already putting it on next September's to-do list... (I'm half-joking, but half-serious.) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> Oh, and yes, you GO you little ol' Volvos, show 'em what you're made of! Ha ha ha. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 142S Takes 4th in Newfoundland Road Rally (Lisa62)

You should try to do the race in your S60 Lisa! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Nice find. Interesting race.
 
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