Time Attack races to the street

Autocross will end its 2013 campaign in spectacular fashion.

The Cayman Motorsports Association is staging its Al and Jay Bodden Memorial race at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The competition, which serves as the annual season-ending meet for the association’s monthly Time Attack series, will be held on Huldah Avenue in George Town (between Smith Road and the Cayman National Bank roundabout). It is the first time in many years that an autocross event is being held on public roads.

The race is in memory of Al and Jay Bodden, who were huge contributors to racing in Cayman. Father Jay Bodden owned the land on which the Progressive Loop now sits. He died in 2009, with son Al preceding him in death years earlier.

Action is usually in an endurance format, offering either 100 total laps or 10 laps per competitor, with each run lasting around two minutes and winners determined by cumulative times. In 2012, it was changed to a knock-out style, head-to-head race that rewarded the last driver standing.

This year’s race is part of a larger Drive Cayman initiative between the association, Streetskill and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Huldah Avenue will be closed during daylight hours, until 6 p.m, to accommodate road safety activities such as obstacle courses and skills demonstrations.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell of the RCIPS is on the Streetskill committee and said the goal is to make Cayman’s drivers better.

“It promises to be a great combination of fun and learning for all ages,” Howell said. “We hope that it will have a huge impact on how people behave on the roads and that everyone will go away having learned something new that day.”