The closing of Breakers Speedway was a big deal for local racing supporters, especially NAPA.
The automotive store chain was the major sponsor for End of Days, the track’s last drag race, organized by the Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association. The meet took place this month and attracted hundreds of spectators and dozens of racers to the 1/8 mile track.
Drag racing association marketing officer Michael Webster, who served as emcee for the meet, states visiting store officials had a good time at Breakers.
“Once again we had an awesome event put on by the association,” Webster said. “I don’t know how many people we had out there in the crowd, but from what everyone has said, it was the biggest crowd Breakers has seen for a local event.
“Thanks to NAPA for setting up and making this event a little more exciting with the give-aways and prizes. Some NAPA officials came down from Florida and gave it a go (in their Chevrolet Sparks). I would also like to thank all other sponsors Multi Images and Security Centre. Special thanks to (track owner) Robert Campbell for the use of the track. Also thanks to the Red Bull girls for coming out and giving us all energy.”
A number of racers drove away winners. Patrick Campbell in his Nissan Skyline GT-R would win the A class ahead of Clive Dacres in his Chevrolet Camaro nicknamed Badalero. Omar Crespo in his Mitsubishi Evolution III would win the B class over Pedro Ramos in his Camaro. The class C winner would be Ray Hydes in his Evo III and he beat out Lance Barnes in his Skyline.
Vito Welcome won class D in a Honda Civic Type-R and Edison Bodden’s Civic earned the class E win over Frank Watler’s Honda Integra Type-R. Javier Medina claimed the motorcycle crown on his Suzuki GSXR ahead of Darren McLaughlin on his Suzuki GSX R1000.
Webster states their success came about through the tireless efforts of volunteers.
“We started prepping the track from Saturday morning. Rudy Ritch and I were out cleaning up and were joined by Jody Jervis who volunteered his time and equipment from his mobile car wash company, Magical Car Wash, to help power wash the track before the test and tune session.
“Sunday started really early with more event set-up. I would like to say a big thanks to Rudy, who is always out there no matter rain or shine, Ricky Bodden, Greg Shim, Irna Davis and all the other volunteers that helped the association put on this magical event.”