Carbonear pulls out of Targa race
Towns says financial responsibility too great at this time
Targa Newfoundland confirmed for The Compass last week the Town of Carbonear will no longer be a stop on the popular racing tour.
The Conception Bay North town was scheduled to be one of three stops in the final day of competition, which sees racers run rally cars through sharp turns, along gravel roads and narrow streets in select municipalities.
Robert Giannou, Targa president, said the town was dropped from the schedule, but it was not the decision of the organization.
“We applied to the town in November to have the contract renewed,” he explained. “(But) council decided not to go ahead.”
Targa officials were disappointed in the decision, with Giannou citing, “Carbonear has run the best stage in Targa for the last two of four years.”
“We are somewhat disappointed, but we will be applying to be back next year,” he continued.
During a round table discussion, Carbonear Mayor George Butt Jr. said the council decided to withdraw due to the cost and manpower it would take to run it.
“We completed our four-year contract last year,” he said. “It would end up costing the town between $5,000 and $6,000, plus time lost (by town employees).”
Butt said it took nine months to determine if the project would be financially feasible for the town. The new council, voted in last September, had to wait for the budget, which had to be considered first.
“A lot of people don’t realize how labour intensive it is. I didn’t realize it,” said the mayor.
Although they are out this year, there is a possibility the town will reconsider next year.
“I’m not saying another year wouldn’t work,” Butt added. “It’s just, right now, we’re going to bow out and let someone else take it,”
This year’s event will now have two stages in Brigus, and the lunch initially scheduled for the Knights of Columbus in Carbonear has been moved to the nearby Freshwater Community Centre.
For other details, including schedule and routes, visit www.targanewfoundland.com.
A lineup of cars at Targa in Carbonear during a previous year’s event.