Exotic car show, a hit

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, August 03, 2012

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THE grounds of the Gee Wee Restaurant on Caledonia Road in St Andrew were transformed into an automotive Mecca with the staging of Exotic Car and Models show two Sundays ago.

The event now in its third year was put on by the St Catherine-based, Euro-inspired BMW Innovation. Members of the club all own cars from German luxury brand BMW.

However, the event was well supported by Asian-inspired car clubs including Skunk Nation and Team Myzery.

'Innovation's' Conrie Jackson, event organiser and director of Lacartin Model Agency, said he was happy with the turnout and thanked the other car clubs for their support.

"The event is growing from strength to strength. We can only get better. Despite being a car show, the fashion show was clearly a winner with fans," he told Auto. "I would love to use the opportunity to thank all the car clubs that participated as well as the patrons who keep supporting us."

Dave Lumley, member of BMW Innovation, said the feedback given by patrons would be used to improve next year's staging.

The day's proceedings got off to a slow start as patrons made their way in long after the 3:00 p.m. opening to ogle the rows of vehicles on display from a few of the top car clubs.

The European brand offerings were a bit sparse in comparison to the Japanese marquees at the show. However, instead of the more hardcore Asian automotive machines, there was a more 'elite' vibe, as style and in-car entertainment systems seemed to be the bigger focus.

As darkness descended, the event found another gear as the BMW Innovations crew signalled the start of the awesome fashion show by circling the stage with their cars and lighting the stage with their headlights. The Lacartin Models sent the crowd into overdrive with designs from Desirable Demeanour, La Bella Fashions, Style Savvy, and Ritani's Reign.

The injection of adrenaline from the models spilled over into the final event for the night, the Best of Show.

Kamar Khan's Lancer Evolution IV fended off a tough challenge from rivals, but his flame-throwing antics that put him over the top for the Best Asian title.

"We put some new HKS cams in it, so now the flames from the exhaust are even bigger," Khan told Auto. "I just want to thank my friends at Triad Garage for helping me prepare the car for the show. The hard work paid off."

Donvass 'Anthony' Dennis in his 1985 E30 BMW 3-series was the most unlikely of winners in the Best Euro section. He captured the hearts of the fans with an impressive burnout proving his car may have been old, but not cold.

"The car was just put together in a week, and wasn't even finished," said Dennis. "I hadn't finished painting it, putting on the body kit or even the rims."

"I did what the crowd wanted," he said.





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