NASCAR coming to Cayman Islands

A little piece of NASCAR is about to be available in the Cayman Islands.

Earlier this year a Cayman Islands-branded stock car raced at Daytona with NASCAR Busch Series driver Donnie Neuenberger at the wheel.

Donnie Neuenberger

Professional driver and friend of the Cayman Islands, Donnie Neuenberger with the Cayman Car.

It was the fulfillment of a dream project between the Cayman Islands and NASCAR, and organized by Arch Automotive and Spectrum Promotions.

Last year the two companies teamed up with the Department of Tourism to showcase a specially branded Cayman Islands car in the NASCAR series.

The car was outfitted with the Cayman Islands branding and Sir Turtle logos.

Now, thanks to the skilled paintwork of H & R Auto Body Shop Ltd., a life-size replica of the Cayman Islands-branded stock car is available to be showcased at special events around Grand Cayman.

More importantly, 1:64 die cast replicas of Cayman’s NASCAR car have been produced and race fans and collectors will have the opportunity to purchase one of the special edition vehicles. The cars will be available at Arch Automotive (Service Department), Hobbies and Books, Blue Iguana, Red Sail Sports, Capt. Marvin’s Dive Shop, Pure Art, Foster’s Food Fair (Airport), Noah’s Ark and NAPA Auto Parts.

‘This is a very exciting time as we prepare to bring the NASCAR partnership to all of Cayman’s residents. The Daytona race provided the biggest day in motor sports to showcase the Cayman Islands and now we are proud to be able to share it with the community of NASCAR enthusiasts on the Island as well as all of people of Cayman,’ said Michelle Arch, general manager of Arch Automotive.

The Cayman NASCAR project was first introduced in January during the Texaco International Auto Show held at the Lion’s Centre, when the car’s branding was unveiled. The car show was promoted by Spectrum Promotions, with Arch Automotive as a participating sponsor.

‘Now that we have changed gears and entered into the second phase of the project, we are delighted to bring the NASCAR excitement home and to provide local sport fans a chance to get involved,’ said Craig Arch, owner of Arch Automotive.

He said Neuenberger will be in Grand Cayman later this month to promote the project. Neuenberger was also a participant at Cayman’s first auto show, the Quincentennial Car Show in 2003, and again in at the 2006 Texaco International Auto Show.

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