Race vets worry over road safety

Though Breakers Speedway had a good send-off, there is much concern over the future of Cayman’s motorsports community.

Many of the veteran drivers and racing supporters worry over what Cayman’s roads will look like. Among them is Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association secretary Dail Davis, who himself has competed in a Ford Mustang.

“My concern is that now where do these guys go, back to the street?” Davis said. “If so then all this would have been for naught, so from that perspective its very disheartening that we’ve come to such an abrupt end just when we were hitting our stride.

“It’s just a shame now that what was once a vision to have drag racing become a viable form of entertainment and deterrent from street racing and yes a life saver of sorts, now has to end just when it has finally been realized and validated.”

Davis was among the organizers for this month’s End of Days meet, the final drag race at Breakers. That event attracted hundreds of spectators and dozens of racers like Jamie McLaughlin on his Suzuki GSXR.

The competition closes the book on a five-year saga that began in October 2006 when Breakers first opened. According to track records, over 700 racers have made passes down the 1/8 mile asphalt strip.

Among them is drag racing association vice president Ricky Bodden. A noted darts figure, Bodden states the close of Breakers is sad but not the end of a sport.

“As far as I am concerned, the End of Days races were possibly the best I have seen in Cayman since the old High Rock days in East End, both with driver and spectator turnout,” Bodden said. “It was a bit overwhelming for the officials but we pulled together and made it happen.

“At the association we gave our word that we would try to improve drag racing in Cayman and I think we did that with huge success. Unfortunately Cayman drag racing will have to be put on the back-burner for now, right as it was getting at its prime due to the closing of Breakers.

“With the promise of a new track in the makings, we will just have to work together to get this new facility built and keep the youths from racing on the street and injuring or killing themselves and others until this track can come to fruition.”

Bodden is referring to speculation over a proposed facility in the High Rock area of East End. About three years ago the Cayman Hot Rod Association, through its then president Armando Ebanks, made public that it was looking to build a track at High Rock. At the time Ebanks stated the association was in talks with government about the project, which was slated to be up to the latest specifications set out by the National Hot Rod Association.

There has been no official word on development of a track in the area (which was an informal site for drag racing many years ago). Originally Ebanks stated that the association wanted to have the track finished by mid-2009. For the record the hot rod association still exists today and is the predecessor to Grand Cayman’s two other motorsports bodies in the drag racing association and the Cayman Motorsports Association.

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