St Ann feels the rush

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Speedway Rush Auto Show’s recent staging, held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, was a hit.

Scores of auto enthusiasts from the island’s north coast poured into the venue for the event’s third annual staging.

"There was nothing like this in St Ann when we started, and the aim was to bring a quality event to the community," Snively Barrett, event co-organiser, told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine.

"The plan is to be bigger and better next year," Barrett continued.

For the 2017 staging, the show was moved to its current location due to the exponential growth Speedway Rush has been experiencing since its inception. The larger venue was more than up to the task of handling the rows of vehicles from the top car crews from as far as Montego Bay that came out to participate. There was plenty of high-performance metal to look at as the event highlighted the often-forgotten North Coast car scene.

While it was a fun day for all, the true nature of the Speedway Rush Auto Show is its competitive categories. Owners had the option to enter classes such as Best Vintage, which went to Mandeville’s Victor Dixon Jr, Best Engine Bay and Best Interior to name a few. For Best of Show, Damion Scott was the eventual winner, as decided by the judges, but the most contested category of the night was Best Exhaust, which was decided by the crowd.

Kenroy Godfrey from Runaway Bay in St Ann was the eventual class champion after a long session of fire-spitting excitement that had the audience totally engaged from start to finish.

"It felt good to win, as I was just thinking to myself that I needed to go home with a trophy. I didn’t expect it," Godfrey said.

His turbocharged 1993 Honda Civic kept the flames, loud pops and bangs going through the exhaust pipe mounted to the left front-side of the car. As his rivals faltered one by one, including an ATV, Godfrey eventually won the car-crazy fans over.

— Rory Daley





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