Car lovers brace for three meets

Weather permitting, car enthusiasts should be in for a different sort of summer heat.

Three different motorsports meets are taking place on Grand Cayman. Saturday 30 July sees the first two events at Breakers Speedway. The monthly Cayman Motorsports Association Time Attack race and the Cayman Auto Enthusiasts Association Beating Down Yo Block sound competition are slated to occupy the 1/8 drag strip in the night-time.

Time Attack sees a 7pm start with mandatory sign-up on Friday 29 July 7pm at Automotive Art. Saturday’s race is the second straight autocross event to take place at the track. The last one was held in May and featured veteran Keith ‘Speedy’ Tibbetts III dominate the field in his usual Valvoline Impreza Sti. Speedy should be pressed for a repeat from the likes of Jimel McLean’s Honda Civic and Gary Huggins’ Kimmar Distributors Toyota Starlet.

During the sound event will be going on 7-10pm. Registration starts from 6.30pm and refreshments will be on sale. There will be three classes of Sound Pressure Level categories focusing on car audio levels and decibel readings for automotive exhausts. This month’s event comes after the tragic passing of association member Brandon Powery in June.

On Sunday 31 July Breakers is slated to be the site of drag racing action. The Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association is expected to host its next event with the start time listed as 2pm (though from this reporter’s experience things don’t get rolling until closer to 4pm).

The focus on Sunday will be Donald Francis and Humberto Rives. Francis, behind the wheel of his Plan B Honda Civic Type-R, would claim the low seven second class while Rives would push his Suzuki Hayabusa to the motorcycle class victory and cement his status as Cayman’s fastest bike rider.

Drag racing association president Sammy Jackson states the goal for the meets is to foster interest in motorsports.

“We’re trying to introduce true bracket racing where you can bring your car and race,” Jackson said. “We’re operating at a grassroots level, which is needed for the growth of the sport.”

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