Mitsubishi Evolutions and their drivers were expected to storm Breakers Speedway. On Sunday they would not disappoint.
A number of the sports cars were present at the 1/8 mile track for the August drag race put on by the Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association. Two Evolution IIIs, driven by Henry Diaz and Michael ‘Bad Oil’ Williams, would grab the most props.
Diaz would run his white sedan to the class B victory. A newcomer to motorsports, it was Diaz’s first time competing at Breakers. Interestingly his car was tuned by Williams at his garage, Mr. Oil Auto Power. For his efforts Diaz would claim a trophy and a cash prize of roughly $250.
Williams meanwhile would make history for having the first local car with a four cylinder engine run a time of five seconds (his official time was 5.93 seconds). Amazingly the car, labelled ‘Mad Sick II,’ had just converted from a manual to an automatic transmission leading up to the race.
Drag racing association Marketing and Promotions Director Michael Webster helped organize the race. On race day he helped with various duties including emcee and he states both drivers were part of a good show overall.
“I think we had a great day,” Webster said. “If we hadn’t prep the track Sunday morning, we wouldn’t have had the results we did. Bad Oil did well with his time. He also set another record by being the first automatic Evo III (now called the Madimatic) in the Caribbean to run a five second pass on the 1/8 track. To everyone on the board I say thank you.
“I also want to say thank you to Napa for the tents on the bleachers. I think that brought out more people. Thanks to all of the guys like Ronnie Forbes, Eduardo Swaby and Humberto Rives who came out to Napa and showcased their rides prior to the race.”
Aside from Diaz and Williams, a number of racers earned props. Jeffrey Jackson ran his Chevy pick-up truck to the class D win, Stephen Francis took his Honda Integra Type-R to the class C victory, Dave Thompson claimed the class A win in the Hydes and Sons Ford Mustang and Eduardo Swaby won the motorcycle class on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The race sponsors were Napa, Multi-Images, Cutting Edge Marketing and Design, Security Centre Ltd and Csn.ky.