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"la Bambina" Comes To Kelowna!

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CANCELLED due to lack of community support.

- many Central Okanagan regions opposed to TCW through their districts.

Targa Canada West

April 2010 Newsletter

THROWING OUT BAMBINA WITH THE BATHWATER

Sadly, Targa Canada West needs to cancel Targa Bambina 2010. The British Columbia Government reports that we should easily clear every other hurdle but we have fallen short on documenting sufficient community support from those who inhabit or traverse the roads we applied to use.

Targa Canada West's quest was to bring another great Targa event to a new area of the globe. While our resources towards achieving this goal were considerable, they were not unlimited. We imposed a test for ourselves; a one-day event on May 24, 2010, near Kelowna. We have failed that test..

All Bambina 2010 entry fees will be returned immediately. Thanks go to those entrant teams for their support and understanding. Thanks also go out to the tireless Competition officials, those who have signed up as volunteers, Knox Mountain organizers, the arrive-and-drive vendors, the marquee competitors, our insurers, the patient elected and governmental officials, and many others.

Targa Canada West (the company) is solvent, but the future is open to question. There remains that untapped Targa market of 100 million people within a 24 hour tow of British Columbia's amazing roads and scenery. The potential is huge, and waiting. While TCW has come up just short of achieving a BC Targa, perhaps we have made reaching that goal more attainable for others. We are certainly willing to share our experience with anyone interested in completing the quest..

On a personal note, at heart our team members are still Targa enthusiasts and participants. If our saga to date should teach all of us anything, it is to cherish and support the already existing Targa events. You'll see us competing in said events around the globe later in 2010.

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What is wrong with BC people anyway? Yeesh. So that's it then.

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Too late now - Councils made decision based on misinformation and wrong assumptions.

Targa a huge lost opportunity: racer

by Elisha Dacey - Story: 53706

Apr 5, 2010 / 5:00 am

A B.C. racer says the Okanagan Valley has lost out on a big economic opportunity by refusing to host Targa Canada West.

"How much tourism, television, car magazine and other free advertising did your local governments throw away?" asks Ted Hlokoff, a rally racer from Anahim Lake, B.C. and member of the The Western Canada Viper Club of North America.

In March, councils from West Kelowna, Joe Rich and Summerland all turned down requests from Targa organizer Kelly Silverthorn to run one-day rallies in each of those communities in May of this year, prompting the event's cancellation.

Hlokoff says he was planning to compete in the rallies and had already spent hundreds of dollars in safety equipment to bring his Dodge Viper up to safety standards. He says he knows other racers who were planning to compete and to spend big bucks in the Okanagan on accommodation, food and other amenities.

"The thing is, this was supposed to be in May," says Hlokoff. "You guys aren't all that busy in May, tourist-wise. It would be one thing if this were happening in June or July, things are already tight.

"I can't believe that with these troubled economic times and low tourism returns the last few years that the (government refused the event.) TV crews, media coverage, tourists and competitors, all no longer invited to the Okanagan Valley to participate in a ... televised event."

Source: http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story...06-1-.htm#53706

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This is the sad history of motorsport in BC, an activity that always has been less supported than just about anything else.Joe Rich = CORD, those guys actually did not support it? Morons.

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From Joe Rich News " Just had a call from Kelly Silverthorne at Targa west with a update on the May event. To please the Ministry of transportation they went door to door in the affected Goudie area on Saturday and found about 60% of residents at home. About 1 out of 6 residents were against the event with most wanting to give it a try. This met the highways departments criteria but timelines for the Big White area could not be met so they have pulled the plug on this years event."

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Joe Riche Council is heavy-handed and make decisions based on what the Councilors' personal opinions are, rather than what the area residents actually want, or what the facts say. We've seen this behaviour more than once in the past couple of years.Small town, small-time politics.

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Joe Rich is incorporated now? It used to be an electoral area not so long ago, like Westbank.....

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Joe Rich is incorporated now? It used to be an electoral area not so long ago, like Westbank.....

Well, it's part of CORD but the local Residents' Associations, Irrigation District, Fire Department etc seem to have pretty autonomous influence, whether they actually represent the will of the residents or not.

It is not rare that actual door-to-door polls do not reflect the opinions of the various bodies that make the decisions. Your typical "old-boys" network.

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Someone else has taken on the challenge of setting up a targa event in BC so we may yet have some hope.....

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Targa Canada West Lives On!

Summer 2010 Newsletter

Dr. Kelly Silverthorn: We're back! It's true. The promise of a West Coast Targa is just too amazing to suppress for long.

After a one-day May 2010 Targa Bambina was not delivered on my watch, I scoured the globe in search of who would be best placed to complete the Targa quest. The answer proved to be close by... sitting in the co-driver seat in fact. Duane Bentley has been along for most of the Targa Canada West journey to date, and assimilated everything there was to learn from our collective efforts.

Duane Now In the Driver's Seat

Duane brings a strong set of attributes to lead the team: he has a business consulting and IT background, with past involvement in marketing, event management and securing sponsorship, and more of the necessary time to devote to the project (and being quite a bit younger, vital energy and better looks too, I suspect). Duane lives in Kelowna, BC, with his wife Janna and young daughter.

Like everyone who has flocked to the Targa Canada West flame, Duane has a burning passion for motorsport on closed tarmac roads. We will be competing together in several motorsports events this year. I'll be part of those driving teams, while also offering whatever support I can to his Targa event team.

Please join me in making that same offer of support, and in wishing Duane's Targa Canada West unlimited success.

Regards, Kelly Silverthorn / Ambassador ▀▄▀▄

Thanks Kelly, Bambina Entrants & Volunteers

Duane Bentley: Thanks Kelly, so much ground work completed and much learned from the 2010 effort -- and such a great opportunity ahead. Glad that you are still nearby as a resource. Thanks to the registered competitors for Targa Canada West's Bambina -- we'll get you competing on the twistiest roads yet!

In addition, thanks again to the volunteers and supporters that got us this far - please don't go anywhere, we are just getting going.

Community Seeking Key Tourism Event

The first priority: finding communities in Interior BC or Southwest AB that welcome "adventure tourism" -- and have great roads nearby.

Typically communities are:

* Excited to participate or volunteer in a world class event.

* Struggling for 'anchor' tourism events -- and desperate for extra tourists/visitors in the Spring/Fall "shoulder season."

* Keen to receive event revenue, economic stimulus for local businesses and the spin-off benefits of international media exposure.

Targa Canada West Needs You (Or Someone You Know)

Targa Canada West needs business leaders, politicians and community members to initiate a local discussion regarding would make a Targa a success for their community.

Are you that someone? Or know someone like this that we should connect with? Please put us in touch now.

Next Steps:

* Changing to a non-profit organization to better reflect the goal: a world class event and a regional success.

* Charitable partnerships: besides donating profits to host communities, we are looking for charities to partner with. Recommendations?

Despite a mountain of work ahead, the opportunity is huge. For instance, there were 23 people from all over North America who had signed up and paid for Bambina 2010 well over a month before... Subsequently many others stated "I was committed to compete." The support and interest from amateur and pro racers has been outstanding. And the population of motorsport enthusiasts in Western North America within reach surpasses all the other successful Targas.

In addition to the 2010 Silver State Classic "Open Road Race" and Dunlop Targa NZ, Kelly & I will be co-driving in Targa Tasmania in the Spring of 2011... and the team will be at various automotive or motorsports events... yep, the work never ends. We'll keep you posted with Targa Canada West planning, progress and competition.

Regards,

Duane Bentley / CEO ▀▄▀▄

Targa Canada West

tel +1.250.980.3577 / tfree +1.877.980.3577

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