Team Hume Targa Newfoundland Blog

Targa Newfoundland 2017


Welcome to Targa 2017

We have done a lot of pre-planning and added two more vehicles  to our race team for 2017

Our team this year consists of:

2002 M3 – Driven by Jon Riddell + Co-piloted by Briar de Lange – rally veterans in GT – But now racing in Modern

2004 M3 – Driven by John Jr. and Co-piloted by Justin Crant – racing in Modern again

2013 MINI GP – Driven by John Sr. and Co-piloted by Christina Kroner – in GP again

2006 MINI GP – Driven by Ruth Thorogood  and Co-piloted by Andrew Thorogood – their 2nd year in GT – hoping to improve upon 3rd in 2016

2000 BMW 323ci – Driven by Ron Bartleet  and Co-piloted by Duncan Fregren – Ron is a Veteran – Duncan is a rally Virgin! – doing Fast Tour

2010 Dodge Challenger – Driven by Craig MacMullen  and Co-driven by David Jenkins – Craig is a veteran – David is a Rally Virgin! racing in GT

Our Charitable initiative this year has expanded to include The Red Door Family Shelter along with Multiple Sclerosis

We have our first practice track day up and coming April 23rd.

More to follow stay tuned…



Sunday September 18th, 2016

Hello From Toronto,

Most of us are back in our respective cities or towns by now.

We had an incredible week and a bit of racing in Newfoundland.

Over six days 48 races were planned and we managed to pull off 44 of them, and that is a record number of races run for this event.

The weather was great for five days and lousy for only one (Thursday). That was the day we had 4 cancelled races due to a medical emergency in one town, that managed to delay everything for almost two hours , causing organizers to cancel races.

All four Hume vehicles took a tremendous beating through the week. Our fantastic service crew of five from Centennial College worked nonstop through the nights to patch up cars, using tie wraps, duct tape and whatever else they could find to get them back on the road.

The worst incident was on Friday when Ruth hit a patch of oil from another competitor’s car on the road and slid sideways into the Guard-rail at speed. Luckily, the 2006 MINI GP (#1334) bounced off the guard-rail and kept on racing. It will need some serious body work done on it when it gets back home, though.


Modern – car# 9 – John Jr and Justin Grant after leading most of the week finished up a very close – 2nd. Ron and Justin R. in car #333 climbed from 8th to finish 5th in Modern – A great improvement for them in the week.

GT – car #1333  – John Sr and Christina car# 1333 were leading all week, however, John managed to hit a left turn command when actually told to go right though Brigus, which cost them 15 penalty points.  They wounded up 2nd in GT. In the meantime, Ruth and Andrew #1334, despite the guardrail incident, climbed from 6th on Monday to finish 3rd in GT class. Since we had three cars on the podium in 2nd, 2nd & 3rd – our Team won the Jerry Churchill Award for best three car team in the event. All 4 cars also made their trophy times – so each earned a Trophy plate. Finally, Ruth and Andrew won Rookie team of the year award for best new driver co-pilot in the event!

All in all our team won 9 trophies this year!

Nevertheless, none of this would have been possible without the service crew supplied by Centennial College. They are, Garrett Nalepka – Dave Samalea – Mackenzie Logan – Luke White – Brian Martyn, as well as our media and transport crew of Ralph Saulnier and Calvin Williams – who made sure we were able to do our Tim Horton’s or Mac Donald’s morning breakfast stops as well as move us all over the place while shooting video and photos!

We will have a video ready by X-mas and watch for more photos to be uploaded here this week too.

Lastly, we raised over $22,000 for M S research this year doing this race – a heart felt thanks to our very generous sponsors!

Until next year.

John Hume.




Friday September 17th, 2016

Hello from Newfoundland !
The last day of competition here on the Rock!
We had pitch perfect weather today to close out the last 8 races of the week.
Although final scores will not be official until tomorrow (Saturday), we can say provisionally, John Jr and Justin Crant in #09 finished 2nd in Modern Division.
While John Sr and Christina Kroner, #1333 finsihed 2nd in GT class. Followed by Andrew and Ruth Thorogood #1334  3rd place in GT class. Ron Bartleet and Justin Russell #333 placed a respectable 5th in Modern Division.
All 8 races were hard fought and the final outcome was only determined in the last two runs through the beautiful town of Brigus.
Once final official numbers are in we will confirm final standings tomorrow.
Thanks to our fabulous service crew from Centennial College. Without them we could not have completed the race with four cars successfully. Throughout the week we had many mechanical issues with all but one car (Mine of course) and they put them back together each night ready to race each AM. At the same time these guys were helping out other race teams with various challenging service issues. Great job Service Crew!
All for now,
John Hume.


Thursday September 16th.

Hello from rainy Newfoundland
What a day we have had here!
Rain rain wind wind…….
We had 11 races scheduled but only managed to finish off seven races.
Scoring as shown on the Targa website is not accurate, as there are many adjustments to be made for tomorrow. However all four vehicles and crew performed extremely well today.
We look forward to the return of fair weather tomorrow!

John Hume


Wednesday, September 14th

Hump Day has come and gone.
Another bright, sunny, warm day here on the Rock.
And – no wind for a change!
We ran 11 races today most of which were very rough and bumpy, pot-holed roads. All four of our cars took a beating. We had a left rear fender cover fall of the 2006 GP in the Port Rexdon race and disappear into the hands of a car parts collector!
We managed to split the skid plate on the new MINI GP, bottoming out very hard several times on it. Ron and Justin, Car #333 had to abandon one race leg to go to the aid of one competitor who lost control of his vehicle and tumbled it head over heels several times before coming to a stop in an 8-foot ditch. One broken thumb, a knee cap and a bruised ego. Later, the driver will be OK. His car, however, is a write-off.
John Jr. and Justin C. are still in the running for top spot in Modern Division. While John Sr. & Christina are battling it out for top spot in GT with two other very good DST ralliers. Our other two vehicles continue to have better and better times and are showing definite improvement in performance from yesterday.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is rain, rain, rain! Awe geez! Oh well, Friday is supposed to be good weather again, at least.
Our poor mechanics will be busy to the wee hours this evening, fixing broken and bent parts on all 4 vehicles.
All for now.

John Hume