Hot Rods get in gear

A local motorsports group is staging fundraisers towards the development of a race track. 

The Cayman Hot Rod Association will be putting on a car show, dubbed “Show and Shine,” on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the A.L. Thompson’s hardware store parking lot. The event is expected to showcase motorbikes, classic cars and modified vehicles, with a registration fee of $25 in effect. 

Association public relations officer Carl Brown says the show is about building towards a new home for motorsports. 

“You can expect to see cars of yesterday and today and race-ready machines as well,” Brown said. “It’s all in good fun to help us get toward the dream of building a track in East End.” 

Sunday’s event will reward the top three vehicles, as determined by public votes, with a “Best in Show 2014” award and one year of membership to the association. Refreshments will be on sale. 

The proposed track, called High Rock Raceway, is expected to be built east of High Rock Road in East End. The track’s initial plans called for a quarter-mile drag strip, a road course with several turns, pit areas and grandstands. Documents also featured a pair of two-story buildings for VIP seating and race control – one for drag racing and one for the road course – as well as a one-story building for administration, bathrooms, concessions and gift shop. There were also plans for a 711-space general parking lot, two additional parking lots for media/VIPs and personnel, and space for future parking lots. 

In recent months, Cayman’s government has expressed support for the facility. Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said in January that it would be a welcome addition to the country’s sports tourism portfolio while Minister for Lands and Planning Kurt Tibbetts said in October that government wants international meets to be held here. Tibbetts expressed his sentiments during the same Legislative Assembly session where recommendations were approved by Cabinet to extend the association’s lease on 65 acres of East End land from five years to 20 years. 

It should be noted that Cayman’s motorsports community has been without an official home since December 2011, when Breakers Speedway held its last official race. 

The association notes that the proposed track will stage multiple racing events, saying, “The association is looking to raise funds for the upcoming lease signing, which has been approved in the LA. The token pledge is in support of a motorsports complex soon to be a reality for Cayman’s driving pleasure. This is a cause Cayman has been patiently waiting on, a facility to host multiple motorsports events.” 

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Breakers held Cayman’s last drag race three years ago. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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