Tony’s Toys revs up petrol heads

Car lovers in the Cayman Islands will start the New Year with a bang. 

The Cayman Islands International Car Show, presented by Tony’s Toys, is taking place on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Festival Green in Camana Bay. Organizers are expecting at least 100 European, American and Japanese cars, motorcycles and trucks to be on display. 

Tony’s Toys owner Tony Williams, a long-time member of the local motorsports fraternity, said the show is about bragging rights and unique vehicles. 

“It 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,” Williams said. “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.” 

According to the show’s website – carshow.ky – the show evolved from a desire to commemorate the last major spectacle at Safe Haven in 2003. The objectives of this year’s show are to increase awareness for local motorsports and the automotive industry while portraying Cayman as a viable option for the overseas auto market. To that end, the show will feature representatives from California-based Hot Import Nights serving as judges. In addition, several auto industry magazines will be covering the event, including European Car and Import Tuner. 

Exhibitors will be placed in 10 categories: Truck/Jeep, Motorcycle-Sport, Motorcycle-Cruiser, American Muscle, Race Car, Classic, Custom, Sport Compact-Stock, Sport Compact-Modified and Luxury (encompassing European and GT models of cars and SUVs). An overall Best In Show award will be decided by the public. 

Aside from the rides on display, spectators can enjoy a kids zone, heels and wheels area for women, a VIP area and a food court. There will also be various automotive-related companies, including banks and insurance companies and dealers. 

Tickets are $10; kids ree admission for ages 12 and under. Event sponsors include Tony’s Toys, Automotive Art, ICWI, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Royal Bank of Canada, First Financial, Vibe FM, Spin FM and Camana Bay. 

News of the international car show comes after local enthusiasts made steps to reinvigorate interest last year. Michael Webster of MJ Entertainment, Shelby Carlos of Boknology Inc. and Shane Ebanks of Premium Touch Auto and Marine Detailing organized multiple car shows at Seven Mile Shops, and the Cayman Motorsports Association teamed with Streetskill to display a number of vehicles, on and off the road, at the Drive: Cayman event. 

For more information, call 623-8822 
or email [email protected] 

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Tom Kirkconnell raced the Automotive Art Mazda RX-7 at Drive: Cayman.

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Shane Ebanks, Shelby Carlos and Michael Webster staged car shows last year.

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Tony Williams owns Tony’s Toys.
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