Autoshowoff offers grand thrills

Car culture is alive and well in the Cayman Islands. 

Recent evidence of that came during Cayman’s Grand Autoshowoff held this past weekend. Dozens of mean machines and hundreds of enthusiasts poured into Seven Mile Shops on West Bay Road for the automotive showcase. 

Considering the short time taken to organise the show, Sunday’s event went off well. It avoided the inclement weather, stayed on schedule and saw a stellar array of automobiles. From a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and a Mitsubishi Evolution X to a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, all types of cars – from classic muscle and tuner-friendly imports to powerful exotics – were on display. 

The car show also saw several motorbikes, from Honda CBR 1100XXs to Yamaha R1s, along with a few boats. Stalwarts of the local motor sports scene were also present, including Gary Huggins and Dante “Ross” Hydes. All were eligible for prizes in classes such as: “Super Street Legal”, “Best Island Domestic”, “Best Island Import”, “Best Motorbike” and “Crowd Favourite”. 

For entertainment, Christian La Pena and Jay De La Vega served as live disc jockeys. While the bikini contest fell through, lovely ladies Maggie Greenwood and Kristin Amaya spread joy all around as part of the Liquid Nitro crew. 

Overseeing it all were organisers Shelby Carlos, through his company Boknology Inc., Michael Webster, via his company MJ Entertainment and Shane Ebanks, through his company Premium Touch Auto and Marine Detailing. 

Carlos, who is part owner of Carlos and Martin’s Tex-Mex Cantina, said there are definite plans to continue hosting more car shows this year. 

“I’m so glad to play a role with the help of my ‘pops’ Tony Williams (of Tony’s Toys),” Carlos said. “We will keep it going. The plan to have that Little Tokyo Mongolian Grill concept back with our Carlos and Martin’s restaurant is also in the mix and if it happens, it will be a late night food place with take out and more.  

“For sure, there will be more of these types of hangouts and more car shows will be involved, as part of the car import culture and lifestyle, in Seven Mile Shops.”