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Nakusp prepares to play host to Targa Canada West rally May 14

Philanthropic adventurer and rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates will be competing in the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa event in Nakusp on Saturday, May 14.

With the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa rally race less than two weeks away in the Kootenay region, a driver of some note has already been announced for the inaugural event.

Philanthropic adventurer and rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates will be competing in the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa event in Nakusp on Saturday, May 14.

Two local companies, the Three Lions Pub in Nakusp and the Nelson Brewing Company in Nelson have sponsored Jennings-Bates and his team for the weekend.

“I am really excited to be heading to Nakusp for this event, the organizers have done a fabulous job of putting together a really exciting day,” said Jennings-Bates. “And, to be honest, the community has been wonderfully hospitable. It will be a great weekend for competitors and residents alike.”

Nakusp has been supportive of this “proof of concept” event that is being held as a demonstration for what could become a multi-day navigation and performance rally, similar to the Targa Newfoundland, a rally held “on the rock” that attracts global entries.

Jennings-Bates is an ambassador for Rally4Life a Canadian Registered Charity that is currently raising $4 million to save 200,000 lives with the provision of safe water in developing countries.

Jennings-Bates will be participating in international race events this year to raise awareness for the Rally4Life project and will be attempting an aviation Guinness World Record in the spring of 2012.

The Three Lions Pub and the Nelson Brewing Company will be hosting a party on Thursday evening, May 12 at the Pub and the Rally4Life team will be present for customers to meet and chat to, including the 2004 Subaru STi that Jennings-Bates will be racing.

For information and tickets for the Thursday evening event, call 265-3331.

The Targa Canada West rally event will be a performance and navigational rally. Visitors will be able to view the teams at a Parc Expose on Saturday morning from 7:15 a.m. and then view the action on the stages.

For information, visit www.targacanadawest.com.