Drive Cayman promotes skill and safety

Road closed for full day of driving-related activities

Local residents had the opportunity to see the results of a new kind of public-private partnership Sunday, when Streetskill and the Cayman Motorsports Association combined resources for a morning of races and an afternoon filled with activities designed to promote road safety. 

Huldah Avenue was closed for the day and the association used the venue for its Al and Jay Bodden Memorial Time Attack event. The season-ending competition for the association’s monthly Time Attack series, the endurance race is named after father-son tandem Jay and Al Bodden, who were major contributors to local motorsports. A number of modified cars took part from the Automotive Art Mazda RX-7 to the Kimmar Distributors Toyota Starlet. Even a Dodge Charger police cruiser went through its paces. 

A number of autocross stalwarts took part, such as association vice president Jimel McLean and president Bobby Hulse. Mr. McLean competed in the Flower Power Starlet and Mr. Hulse driving his familiar Toyota Altezza. 

The afternoon was devoted to a show of speed plus control, as drivers maneuvered through an obstacle course and lost points for any cones they knocked over. People were also encouraged to view displays of beautifully maintained cars, trucks and motorcycles; they later swarmed over to the cricket field, where they applauded appreciatively as firefighters took a car apart in minutes with their “jaws of life” tools. 

The afternoon included random prizes, refreshments and a good sound system, so that onlookers heard drivers’ times seconds after their runs. 

Streetskill is an initiative involving the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, National Roads Authority, Road Safety Advisory Council and Government Information Services. 

Photojournalist Matthew Yates contributed to this report. 

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The Dodge Charger police cruiser was put through its paces. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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Association president Bobby Hulse carved through the course in his Altezza.

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The Dodge Charger police cruiser set the pace. – PHOTOs: MATTHEW YATES

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The Jaws of Life were put into action. – PHOTO: CAROL WINKER

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Many people were captivated by the Jaws of Life demonstration. – PHOTO: CAROL WINKER

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Some interesting vehicles were on display. – PHOTO: CAROL WINKER
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