Revved up for shift in interest

Motor sport enthusiasts will be clamoring for an upcoming car show next month.

Typically a slow time for events in the Cayman Islands, the new year promises to be a memorable one for petrol heads, thanks to the Cayman Islands International Car Show presented by Tony’s Toys, which is on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Festival Green, Camana Bay.

Hosted by Tony’s Toys, organizers expect at least 100 European, American and Japanese cars, motorcycles and trucks to be on display.

An all-day event, the show will be family friendly, complete with a kids zone, heels and wheels area for women, a VIP area and a food court.

As well as the cars on display, there will be various auto industry-related companies, including banks and insurance companies that will showcase their products and services. Local dealers will also be displaying their latest models.

“The Cayman Islands International Car Show will be the biggest car show Cayman has ever seen, with the most cars on display, and the most exhibitors and businesses taking part of any car show hosted in Cayman before,” said Tony Williams, owner of Tony’s Toys.

“This is a great opportunity for car enthusiasts to get exposure for their vehicles, and of course the chance to obtain bragging rights is always an incentive,” he said.

Williams said that international judges will be adjudicating the competition portion of the event, and exhibitors have a chance to win in 10 different categories, including Truck, Luxury Car, Sport, Compact, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market), Custom, Classic, Race Car, Modified, Motorcycle – Sport and Motorcycle – Cruiser and an overall Best In Show award that will be decided by the public.

Several auto industry magazines will be coming to cover the event, including European Car and Import Tuner.

“This event is for the entire family, and we promise that everyone will be entertained,” Williams said. “Plus there is an opportunity for potential car buyers to talk about financing to the banks that will be exhibiting and get information about car insurance options from the insurance companies on hand, as well as be educated about how to safely enhance their vehicles.”

Registration is now open for the Cayman Islands International Car Show and Williams encourages anyone with unique, classic, interesting, race or modified vehicles to enter.

“There are currently multiple car, truck and motorcycle categories, and we encourage you to enter now as space is limited,” he said. “We also still have booths available if there are companies interested in participating or having their business involved in this fantastic event.”

The Cayman Islands International Car Show is sponsored by Tony’s Toys, Automotive Art, ICWI, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Royal Bank of Canada, First Financial, Vibe FM, Spin FM and Camana Bay.

For more information about the Cayman Islands International Car Show, call 623-8822, email [email protected] or log on to