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2006 PASS races at Speedworld

Dates have been announced for the 2006 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) events at Scotia Speedworld.

PASS 2005 Driver of the Year Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine, USA (Far left). In PASS competition, Mike had five wins, including a sweep of the Forbes Chev-Olds 200 and Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The New England-based touring series will visit the 3/10-mile asphalt oval on June 24 for The Forbes Chev Olds 200 and on August 11 and 12 for The Atlantic CAT 250. The dates comprise two of the 16 events that will be the 2006 PASS season, starting April 29 and ending September 24.

The popular series will make stops at 10 tracks in three New England states (Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut) and two Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia and Quebec).
Scotia Speedworld is a founding member of the host tracks for the PASS series, having hosted at least two championship events per year since the series inception in 2001. The PASS events at Scotia Speedworld are two of the facilities expected five special stock car racing events on the 2006 calendar.

The remaining three specials will be CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events. Monster Jam will also return to Scotia Speedworld this year, with three big shows in June. Weekly racing will again be held Friday nights between May and September.

Look for the complete 2006 Scotia Speedworld schedule soon. For more information on PASS, including their 2006 schedule, please visit here. Scotia Speedworld is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval stock car racing track featuring Budweiser Weekly Racing for five divisions and several special events during the race season, which runs from May to September. Scotia Speedworld is located at Exit 6, Hwy. 102, across from the Halifax International Airport. For more information on Scotia Speedworld please visit us here or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277.


Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame inaugural induction ceremony set for November 2006

The wheels are in motion to select the inaugural inductees to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame (MMHOF). The organization’s Nomination Committee has released the Nomination Form for 2006 considerations as inaugural members to the hallowed hall.

Ten inductees will be selected from the nominations by the Committee and the black tie ceremony will happen next November. Members of the public are encouraged to complete the form to nominate those they feel are worthy for consideration. Four categories pertaining to all types of motorsports are included: Competitor, Recreational, Restoration & Specialties and Team.

The deadline for nomination submission is 2006 April 1 and selections will be made by 2006 September 15. The inductees will be chosen based on outstanding contribution to Maritime motorsports. The Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Inc. was founded in 2005 by Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member and former River Glade Speedway (Petiticodiac) owner Ernie McLean and his wife Winona. A Board of Directors including representatives from all types of motorsports is in place as are several committees.

The most daunting task the organization faces post haste is to raise their contribution of $100,000 toward the building of their future permanent home in Petitcodiac. Temporary facilities for the MMHOF will be established in the interim both in Dartmouth (NS) and Moncton. Ground floor sponsorship opportunities are available and contributions are welcome. MMHOF memberships are also available, starting at just $15. Tax receipts will be issued for all contributions $200 or over.

The nomination form, the membership form and much more information about MMHOF is available online here. Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Ernie or Winona McLean at 1-866-355-8206.

The Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Inc. (MMHOF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting all types of motorsports in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Founded in 2005 by Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member and former River Glade Speedway owner Ernie McLean and his wife Winona, the MMHOF will eventually have a permanent home in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick. Until then, temporary facilities will house the collection in both Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick. For more information please visit us here, or call 1-866-355-8206.


Ford named 'Honoured Marque' for Targa Newfoundland 2006

Ford will be the Honoured Marque for Targa Newfoundland 2006, organizers have announced. The competition history of the familiar blue oval will be celebrated as part of a week of competition and festivities in the 5th Anniversary edition of Targa, September 9 - 16, 2006.

A BMW Mini Cooper S gets ready for the targa race

“From the rejuvenated new Mustang to the oldest Model T board track racers, there has been a Ford at the forefront of nearly every form of motorsport you can name,” said Robert Giannou, organizer of Targa Newfoundland. “That fabulous history, from the high banks of Daytona to Le Mans to Formula One and the desert races of Mexico, is the foundation of a great racing legacy.  We want to honour that at Targa 2006.”

The event will feature images of Ford competition cars in literature and promotional material, and on the event’s website, Giannou said.  Organizers will also extend a discount to competitors entering Ford vehicles. Competitors will be encouraged to create their own displays at the evening cars shows along the route, honouring Ford’s storied competition history. Porsche, BMW/MINI and Chevrolet were the Honoured Marques at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 events, respectively.

The fifth annual Targa Newfoundland will start and end in St. John’s and will cover more than 2,100 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland over six days, including more than 500 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa Stages.

Targa Newfoundland is owned and organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports.


Targa Newfoundland adds new race tour

The organizers of Targa Newfoundland, the annual tarmac road rally held in that province, have announced a new Targa Tour to appeal to exotic and classic car collectors. New for the 2006 event, the Targa Tour will permit owners of these cars to drive the same roads as regular competitors, enjoy the social events and be part of the Targa experience without the rigors of actual competition.

The new Tour is meant for vehicles that cannot be prepared to meet Targa’s rigid safety requirements, or for owners who wish to have a more relaxed time at the event.
Entrants need only have a street-legal vehicle and a regular driver’s license. The first four installments of Targa Newfoundland have attracted such rare vehicles as a 1938 Alfa Romeo, 1965 Porsche, 1928 BMW, 1958 Ferrari and 1925 Stutz.

Complete details on the Targa Tour can be found here.