Auto Show shifts up a gear

Thousands gathered last weekend for the 2007 Cayman Islands Auto Show, which displayed dozens of cars and motorbikes from around the island at the Lions Centre.

Those entering their vehicles had a chance at six separate trophies in the following categories: Sport car, Luxury car, Classic car, SUV/truck, and motor bike; as well as a prize for best sound system, won by Michael Henry.

Tony Williams was awarded with Best of Show, winning a $2000 cash prize, with his Honda Fit 2003, while Richard Markman won The People’s Choice with his Honda Civic 2000.

Some people at the show proudly displayed awards from previous contests in front of their vehicles.

‘It’s all about competition,’ said Owen Nelson, who had half a dozen trophies in front of his ’96 Gulf. ‘Not racing, but sound quality, music and looks.’

Visitors were able to enjoy numerous exhibits put on by Cayman’s auto dealers plus several activities including, Beat the Hell Out of Bad Driving, allowing participants to beat a run-down vehicle with a sledgehammer, which raised $100.00 for the road safety organization, CIRSAC

Racing and car enthusiasts were there in force including professional drag racer Christian Rado and representatives from two auto trade magazines.

Old time classic cars grabbed most of the attention from the crowds. A hot pink Chevy Bellaire and a red and white mint-condition Ford Fairlane were two of the more popular models.

But it wasn’t all about cars. Just as many people were crowded around a dozen or so racing bikes kept on the far corner of the grounds.

The show was sponsored by dms Broadcasting. Officials with dms said more than 2,800 people attended.

‘We’ve been extremely pleased with the huge response that this year’s auto Show has received,’ Breanne Avila, dms Broadcasting’s marketing and promotions manager said. ‘We are already planning for next year’s event which will be even bigger.’