The organizers of Cayman’s last drag race are pleased with their efforts.
The Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association recently staged End of Days, the final meet ever at Breakers Speedway. The 1/8 mile track first opened its doors five years ago but is being closed by track owner Robert Campbell for personal reasons.
Many within the association state the meet harkens back to the old days. Among them is secretary Dail Davis.
“As for my thoughts on the event, I just wish I was able to race in it,” Davis said. “I was really frustrated about that personally but overall I’d say it’s the best event since the old “High Rock” days.
“The combination of record racer and spectator turnout coupled with what seemed to be nonstop action for the most part and just a real air of hype and excitement that was hard to miss really made it an event to remember. The track surface in my opinion performed as good as ever given the performances so to say we closed with a bang would be quite fitting.”
The 1/8 mile track would see over 500 spectators and 43 racers. Patrick Campbell in his Nissan Skyline R32 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.
History was also made at the meet. Patrick Campbell officially has the fastest four-wheel drive Skyline with a time of 5.992 seconds. He took the record from Jody Jervis, who ran his Skyline R33 GT-S in 6.02s. Campbell was only milliseconds off the pace of Michael ‘Bad Oil’ Williams, whose Evo III is the fastest 4WD car in Cayman with a time of 5.930s and the first four-cylinder vehicle to make a five second pass.
Drag racing association vice president Ricky Bodden states those performances came about through much volunteer work.
“It has been a rough and long road but I think the association did in a few months what would have normally took many years to achieve,” Bodden said. “I am very proud to be a member having worked alongside a great group of people such as president Sammy Jackson and treasurer Irna Davis.
“We also had awesome volunteers like Rudy Ritch, Greg Shim, Daniel Ebanks (who manned the lights and tower and helped with track prep), Chuck Thompson, Frank Williams, Jerry Holness and Barry Ingram who are old vets, come out to every event to help out as well with tech inspections and to be part of our safety crew. Special thanks to Berres Barnett and his crew who did gate security and organized the race cars at the track entrance.
“I’d also like to thank (track owner) Robert Campbell for approaching the association to take over the drag racing scene, when he was feeling that he was tired and could no longer manage the struggles of running a business and the track at the same time. He afforded us the use of the track in exchange for the association covering some of the expenses he had incurred with the track and we did this with no remorse as well as promoted, organized and brought forth some of the best racing Cayman had seen in a long time.
“There are many more people that helped, not to mention all our corporate sponsors in NAPA, The Security Centre and Multi-Images.”
Another volunteer who helped out was emcee Michael Webster. The drag racing association marketing officer states more association events are coming in the New Year.
“The event would not have been successful without all the volunteers and board members,” Webster said. “A big thank you to them. Even though drag racing has possibly come to a halt for now, look out for some car shows that we hope to see in the near future.”