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Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3216 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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John Targett
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 04, 2014 10:54AM

Sad news from the racing community.

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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4305 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 05, 2014 09:37AM

I'm very deeply saddened to report that John passed away last night.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(350 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: John Targett
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: February 05, 2014 02:30PM

John was a very interesting guy, probably one of the most well known MGB guys ever . Don Munoz and he were close racing buddies,I'm sure he will be missed by all. I hope there will be some kind of perpetual award in John's name created.
Dave


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5305 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 05, 2014 03:38PM

Irreplaceable.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1399 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: mowog1
Date: February 05, 2014 08:08PM

Here's a picture of Mr.Targett in the driver's seat of the MGB of the B-Stingers race team. Our own Max Fulton is on his right. Not sure who took the picture.

I enjoyed talking with John at BritishV8 2009 in Raleigh/Durham.

May he rest in peace.


John Targett.jpg


madmax
Max Fulton
Durham, NC
(186 posts)

Registered:
10/19/2008 07:45PM

Main British Car:
1974 1/2 MGB 1972 MGB 1977 V8 project 1972 B r 1860 cc

Re: John Targett
Posted by: madmax
Date: February 06, 2014 11:57AM

Rumour has it there IS going to be a "Targett Award"-- for MGB racers only at this year's Collier Race! That'll be cool...

M

PS: Jim Lathan took that photo.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/06/2014 06:18PM by madmax.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4305 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 06, 2014 09:46PM

John-at-WatkinsGlen-2010-cropped.jpg


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Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(971 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: February 06, 2014 11:36PM

Funeral arragements:
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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3216 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 07, 2014 09:33AM

Life just sucks, sometimes. I'm glad he had many happy days at the track.


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Thomas Rosser

(6 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2009 06:47PM

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: trmgv8
Date: February 09, 2014 02:46PM

IMGP0726.JPGjohnt.JPG

This was not a good weekend for John at Watkins Glen Sept 09. Bad water pump pulley,side swipe then plug wire came off.
I will miss this man and good times at the track and car shows.

Cheers John,


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4305 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 09, 2014 04:58PM

Quote:
This was not a good weekend...

I remember. One of the remarkable things about John was how quickly he could swing back into an entirely positive mindset. One way or another, he'd get back on track and race hard. When I last spoke to him, his doctor had given him a very gloomy assessment - but John was talking about how to get his green MGB racecar ready for next year's Goodwood festival. (Not the familiar red car. His old green MGB had been raced at Goodwood in 1965, and with that provenance documented it can race there again.) He had me believing that he'd miraculously recover and be there. I've been tardy when it comes to writing about John's passing-on. I get choked up when I try. He was a remarkable man in many ways. A hero. A genuine friend.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1214 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: February 19, 2014 01:56AM

Just wanted to note how tasteful and refined the Targett banners are.
I never knew the man. But what I've learned from people that I respect and value.
Is that the racing community has been diminished by his passing.
Everyone in this world has merit. But some shine more brightly than others.
As I understand it, he was a genuine beacon.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3216 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 21, 2014 11:07AM

Great Banner, Curtis! Thanks.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4305 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 23, 2014 04:47PM

It was a very difficult banner to make. I hope John would be okay with it.





Now, I have to pass along news that's not so much sad as it is... infuriating! Some scumbag somewhere is impersonating our dear friend. Here's the text of an e-mail I just received:

Quote:
From: "John Targett"
Date: February 23, 2014 1:42:15 PM MST
To: "editor@britishv8.org editor@britishv8.org"
Subject: News from John
Reply-To: jbritcanrs@aol.com

Did you get a message I sent? I got no answer and haven't heard back. I had a sudden trip out of the country to Turkey, Please let me know if you can be of any help.

John Targett

The name for this sort of fraud is "phishing". They probably think they can con somebody out of payment for a set of Minilite wheels. I've already reported the e-mail to AOL. Hopefully they'll quickly shut down the e-mail account of "jbritcanrs@aol.com"


MG four six eight
Bill Jacobson
Wa state
(270 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 02:15AM

Main British Car:
73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: John Targett
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: February 27, 2014 01:03AM

Yeah I received that e-mail also. This kind of thing really chaps my hide.
I never meet John in person, but we did speak on the phone a few times when I ordered a set of Mini-lites from him. He was always very friendly and helpful answering my questions. A very positive experience indeed and I enjoyed chatting with him about MGs.
He will be missed.

Bill


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4305 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: John Targett
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 09, 2014 03:32AM

The BCV8 Championship honored John with a special "John Targett Memorial Race" last Saturday (May 3rd) at Brands Hatch. Pam McCarthy copied me on the piece she'll include in the next BCV8 Newsletter, and she invited me to share it here too:


Quote:
IN MEMORIUM
The cars assembled and drew up behind the course car and stopped on the grid. Drivers out, and Ron Gammons gave a Speech to the crowd in memory of John Targett who had been associated with the BCV8 Championship in its heyday and had been a friend of many in the MGCC for forty odd years. He was in fact a friend of mine and Roy’s, and I had only seen him last November when he said goodbye to me in his usual smiling way - always kind and considerate.

http://www.britishracecar.com/RussMcCarthy-MG-MGBGTV8/JohnTargettMemorialRaceAtBrands.jpg
One minute silence and the drivers jumped back into their cars to take a green flag lap round the circuit and return to take the lights.



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