Auto shows will shift into gear

With motor sports in the Cayman Islands being limited, many automotive enthusiasts have turned their attentions to car shows. 

While Cayman no longer has a race track, there still exists a bevy of machines on island that could power down asphalt straights.  

Michael Webster is a racing aficionado and helps organize the Cayman’s Grand Autoshowoff series, which feature many of those mean machines. For Webster, the shows are about breathing life into Cayman’s car culture with more spectacles in the works. 

“Once again this year, we did a car show at Seven Mile Shops,” Webster said. “At these shows, you see some of Cayman’s fastest race cars, along with motorcycles and watercraft. Look out for another big car show in November. Also, we may be doing some cool things this summer with a few other shows.” 

The second installment in the series – sponsored by Automotive Art, Carlos and Martin’s, Premium Touch Auto and Marine Detailing, DB MOTO, Pimped Auto and Tony Toys – took place last weekend, under the guidance of Webster, Shelby Carlos, Greg Shim and Shane Ebanks.  

Dozens of vehicles showed up and there were winners across numerous categories. Adrian Ebanks in a 2013 MazdaSpeed3 and Tynisia Forsythe in a 2010 Acura TSX topped the Import class. Dante “Ross” Hydes won the Domestic category in his green 2014 Ford Mustang, ahead of Jeffrey Jackson’s 2010 Chevy Camaro and Sammy Jackson’s 2014 Chevy Corvette. 

Richard Maragh’s white Nissan 350z was voted Best Custom, ahead of The Auto Salon’s Dave Scott in his Nissan GTR and Johnny Salas’s 1995 Toyota Supra. Maragh would also claim the Best In Show prize. Ronnie Forbes’ gold 1985 Mercury sedan, painted by Fitos Auto, won Best Classic. Tamika Hue and Lee Trickett, with their Triumph Speed Triples, had the best bikes and Kody Miller’s Ford Ranger and Ricardo Graham’s 2005 Toyota Hiace were voted best truck and van, respectively. 

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The Autoshowoff offered plenty of captivating machines. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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