Auto, Boat Expo draws thousands

Cayman27 joined forces with Camana Bay for the 2009 Cayman27 Auto & Boat Expo.

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Nearly 2,000 people attended the two-day event.

‘We truly feel that this has been the best auto show the Island has ever seen,’ says Chris Gunby, owner of G. T. Automotive. ‘The attendees were very excited and genuinely interested in our cars, we have already had two sales and there are many more in the works. The Cayman27 Auto & Boat Expo drew in the perfect clientele for us and we will definitely participate again next year.’

The Expo took place 27-28 February at Camana Bay where the parking lot was transformed into a showcase of what’s up and coming in the auto and boat industry, rare collectors’ items, hot rods and custom motorcycles on display by local enthusiasts, marine toys, race cars and much more. Visitors learned about new innovations and picked up tips from industry professionals.

‘The success of the Cayman27 Auto & Boat Expo really went beyond our expectations and I would like to thank the great team at Cayman27 who pulled the event together along with our partners at Camana Bay,’ says Shawn Wilcox, Cayman27 general sales manager. ‘We did our best to make sure that there was something for everyone and we are looking forward to bringing the community together again next year for the 2nd Annual Cayman27 Auto & Boat Expo.’

Consumers also had the opportunity to take advantage of a one-stop shop for all the latest and greatest cars, trucks, boats, personal watercrafts and accessories on the market in one convenient location. With exhibitor’s show-only specials and exclusive pricing on nearly all new models, many attendees were able to take advantage of the savings, apply for a car loan and purchase a vehicle, boat or personal watercraft at the event.

Advance Chevrolet really went a step above to draw a crowd to their exhibit. Throughout the entire Expo, attendees were invited to step inside its booth and fill out a ballot for a chance to win a 42′ plasma TV. The final draw was held Tuesday and the winner was 6-year-old Lara Gonzales, a first grader at Truth for Youth School. Lara attended the show with her family both Friday and Saturday because her parents were on the lookout for a new car.

Autohaus Ltd. added a little nostalgia by displaying the world’s first motorised carriage. The patent car from 1886 made by Karl Benz was purchased from Christian van der Bol, president of Autohaus Ltd., by Mr. Andreas Ugland. The car will eventually be displayed in the Cayman Motor Museum being built by Mr. Ugland in West Bay.

Also on display was a retired Daytona race car that was re-done to replicate the first ever Cayman NASCAR that raced in Daytona. Race car #58, driven by Donnie Neuenberger ran as high as 4th until some late paint trading with Greg Biffle lead to a multi-car accident late in the race. Even after the involvement in the crash, Donnie was able to bounce back and finish 23rd in Cayman’s first NASCAR appearance.

In between bouts of browsing or shopping; attendees were able refuel at Camana Bay’s cafe or restaurant or simply admire the architecture and beautiful gardens at Grand Cayman’s newest community. The Expo also featured live music from local talent.

Cayman27 Auto and Boat Show exhibitors included: Advance Chevrolet, Arch Automotive, Autohaus Ltd., Butterfield, Car City & Auto Alternative, Cayman Automotive Leasing, Marketing & Sales Ltd., Cayman Insurance Centre, Cayman National Bank, Eminent Audio & Video, EZ Dock Cayman, Eurocar, First Caribbean International Bank, G.T. Automotive Group, Kirk Marine, Parker’s & Payless Auto Parts, Platinum Motors, Prestige Motors, Pro Yacht, , The Barcadere / Scott’s Marine, Sports Supply Kawasaki, Superior Auto, The Security Centre Ltd. / Sat-Trak, Reallife Magazine, The Terraces at Camana Bay, Tony’s Toys, Vampt Motors and more!

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