Autoshowoff reaches out to racers

An upcoming car show hopes to benefit local motor sports. 

Cayman’s Grand Autoshowoff hopes to highlight and elevate the profile of racing bodies. Organiser Michael Webster said the goal is to feature local racers. 

“We’ll be trying to promote the Cayman Motorsports Association and their Time Attack as much as possible,” Webster said. “We’ll have Time Attack guys out there. We have a lot of people here, both locals and foreigners, that don’t know about autocross, so we’re helping to promote it as well. 

“As for drag racing, the Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association is not really around and the Cayman Hot Rod Association is just talk until the track gets built. We’re just hoping these car shows reach out to the right people to do more for racing in Cayman.” 

A long-time racer, Webster is planning the first totally free car show for this Sunday, 3 March, from 3.30 to 10.30pm at Seven Mile Shops. He is putting it on through his company MJ Entertainment, alongside Boknology Inc., with help from local automotive resource CSN.ky. Among the other organisers are Shelby Carlos and Shane Ebanks. 

The event caters to all types of vehicles with prizes on offer for various classes in the following categories: “Super Street Legal”, “Best Island Domestic”, “Best Island Import”, “Best Motorbike” and “Crowd Favourite”. 

For entertainment, there will be a bikini contest with a $250 cash prize and a live disc jockey. Webster said the sponsors include Napa, Automotive Art, Tony’s Toys, Saxon MG, Premium Touch, Detail Auto Body and Liquid Nitro energy drink. 

There is a history of car shows on these shores, with the Cayman Auto Enthusiasts Association hosting events last year focusing on car audio levels and decibel readings. The association announced this week that it plans to stage more meets in 2013, with the first tentatively set for 23 March at 7pm in the A.L. Thompson’s parking lot. 

It should also be noted that the first autocross event for the year took place last Saturday. Among those to take part were Wayne Kirkconnell in his Nissan 350Z and Gary Huggins in his Kimmar Distributors Toyota Starlet. 

Sunday’s event is free to the public and participants see free registration. Free parking will be available at Queens Court. Those interested must register to be in the show with registration closing on Thursday, 28 February. 

 

For more information, call 925-5433 or e-mail [email protected]

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