Cripps leading ATL Auto's march

Matthew Cripps

AS a young man, Matthew Cripps enlisted in The British Royal Tank Regiment: he wanted to see the world. After six years, he traded in his military fatigues for corporate suits and embarked on a career in the auto industry. A quarter century later, his tour of duty has led him to Jamaican shores as ... Read More

Not even this four-wheel drive
could survive the quarter-mile
of rain-soaked concrete. Wet end to drag season
THE promise of immense competition at Sunday's National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Nestlé Sup ... Read More

Jamaica’s Douglas
‘Hollywood’ Gore
(second right/back row)
with the drivers of the
Race Of Champions held
last weekend at Bushy
Park, Barbados. Fun times in Barbados
THERE was nothing but praise from the Jamaican pair of Douglas Gore and Jeffery Panton who represent ... Read More

A motorist fills up at a petrol station. Today is 'Pump Watch Day'
ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closel ... Read More

PHOTO: Crash!

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

This truck and taxi collided at the Half-Way-Tree Road/Beechwood Avenue intersection in Kingston 5 on Tuesday night. The driver and passengers of the motor car were reportedly taken to hospital but it was not clear what was their condition. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

Skunk Nation takes a stance

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Nick Lue

KINGSTON-BASED car club Skunk Nation will once again hold its annual charity event, Stancing for the Kidz, at the Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Gas Station in St Andrew on Saturday night. The event is geared at raising funds to provide gifts for the wards at Maxfield Park Children's Home in St Andrew. "We'll have sick whips and chicks, to provide the all-important import tuner vibes expected from Skunk Nation," Nick Lue, co-founder of Skunk Nation, told Auto. The event, held last December at the ... Read More

Fatalities speed pass 300 mark

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment | Friday, December 12, 2014    

FOR a second consecutive year, the road fatalities speed pass the 300 mark. Toll currently stands at 303. According to Dr Lucien Jones, vice chair of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), there has been an uptick in deaths of motorcycle riders. Other vulnerable groups include pedestrians and pedal cyclists. "Most of motorcyclists are from the Westmoreland, Hanover and St Elizabeth and are not wearing helmets. It seems to be cultural thing, as most of these motorcycles are unlicensed and uni ... Read More

Drag season ends Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Action from a previous meet held at Vernamfield in Clarendon. (Observer File Photo)

Nestlé Supligen Drag Challenge number 5, put on by the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) and scheduled for December 14 at Vernamfield in Clarendon, is sure to be an action-packed finale to the drag racing season. "The crowd should be looking for close, exciting racing," Stephen Gunter, NDRC executive member, told Auto. The close racing will be generated by the fact that a large majority of the class championships have yet to be decided, putting all competitors in 'do or die' mode. Ac ... Read More

ATL Automotive hosts model year-end sale

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Range Rover

ATL Automotive Limited has joined forces with First Heritage Co-operative (FHC) Credit Union to deliver the perfect trifecta to car buyers this Christmas. Dubbed 'Good things come in 3s', the promotion offers 100 per cent financing, 9.95 per cent interest rate and no monthly payments 'til February 2015. The only promotion of its kind, Good things come in 3s' is available on 2014 models ends on December 31, 2014. ATL Automotive is the exclusive local dealer of Honda, Volkswagen, Audi, Jaguar an ... Read More

Jackson waits

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Joel Jackson in action

After pleading his case at a steward's meeting on Wednesday, December 3, driver Joel Jackson awaits the decision that could see him named overall winner of Rally Jamaica 2014, which was staged from November 22 to 23. The bone of contention lies with a last-minute rule that allowed competitors to miss up to two stages each day and still considered within rally time. This caused Kyle Gregg, who drowned his car in a water splash on the very first stage, to limp through the first day and return on ... Read More

Jamaicans ready for ROC

BY Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, December 12, 2014    

An Audi R8

JAMAICAN drivers Jeffrey Panton and Doug 'Hollywood' Gore will be in action this weekend, December 13 -- 14, at the Race of Champions (ROC) to be held at Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados. Both men will have the chance to show off their skill, collectively and individually, with some big names in international motorsport, over the two days. "I looked back at some of the older ROC events to get an idea of how it works," Panton told Auto. The pair left the island on Wednesday ahead of the mandatory ... Read More

New head for Rent-A-Car board

Friday, December 12, 2014    

Jamaica Rent-A-Car board comprising (front, from left)
Diana Stewart, director; William McCalla, president; Rena
Forbes, vice-president; Michael DaCosta, vice-president;
and Garth McLeod, honorary secretary. (Back row, from left)
Wayne Stewart, honorary treasurer; Barrington Cole,
director; Henry Chin, director; Michael Campbell, immediate
past president; Patrick Small, director; and Michael
Hayman, director.

WILLIAM McCalla of Caribbean Car Rentals has been elected the new president of the Jamaica Rent-A-Car Association. He assumes the reins from Michael Campbell. The election took place at the group's 44th Annual General Meeting at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) office on Ardenne Road, recently. McCalla has served in this capacity twice: 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. McCalla said he was humbled by the confidence again placed in him my by members and I vowed reorganise and revitalise ... Read More

Road code

Friday, December 12, 2014    


Dear Editor, It seems that some motorists do not read or understand the Jamaican Driver's Guide, or maybe they do but they are just downright stubborn and refuse to obey traffic laws. Why am I saying this? Because when a pedestrian is travelling on a main road that leads to a junction, and is about to cross that intersection, the vehicle that is in the opposite direction ought to stop and wait until that pedestrian crosses over before pursuing on, because the pedestrian has the right of way. ... Read More


Friday, December 12, 2014    

ATL Automotive marketing and
promotions coordinator Natasha
Chang takes time from her duties
to pose for our shutterbug. N-neka Gammon
(left) and Gillian
Brown paused
for a sec from
their promotion of
Nankong and
Hankook tyres,

The National Area was transformed into a motor vehicle mecca with the recent staging of the Automobile Dealers' Association Motor Show. The biennial event brought out the best of Jamaica's new-car dealers as well as adorning patrons. Photos: Garfield Robinson and Rory Daley THE ADA ON SHOW --> Read More



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