Last Friday, the Massy Motors showroom was filled...
The Action started all over again with Sheik Leisha venturing into Rail-car 7 second territory. Sheriff Lobo shared licks on the tracks with a shifter kart and the RAIN elsewhere on the island fooled thousands into thinking Wallerfield was in a mess. Boy were they wrong!
AutoSport Racing launched its 2015 Drag and Wind(ing) series of Events on 1st March at the ARC Car Park. With a mixture of rain, high breeze and then the best Caribbean weather, competitors welcomed the return to the original concept of Drag… and then the winding segments. This again proved quite attractive to both driver and patrons alike, since the “race” aspect from the start always kept everyone glued to see who would arrive at the first turn the fastest.
The island of St. Lucia is home to roughly 163,000 people, although some 300,000-400,000 visitors pass through the English- and French Creole-speaking island every year. It’s easy to see why, as St. Lucia is the quintessential vacation destination for honeymooners and families alike and famous for its twin volcanic peaks known as the Pitons. Their industries include clothing, electronics assembly, beverages, foods, packaging and agriculture, with exports like bananas, cocoa and vegetables. This means that infrastructure, transportation and energy costs are high and for the average Sent Lisyen (St. Lucian), life can sometimes be challenging. It is more so for the enthusiast, who may find it difficult to own and modify a car for racing, unless he or she runs a few profitable businesses. Why does any of this matter? It’s because this picturesque little island has secured one of the best drag strips in the English-speaking Caribbean. It’s successfully opened its doors to motorsport tourism, bringing high-octane excitement alongside its warm, friendly people and surrounded by natural beauty.
Dale Mayers emerged a winner in the 11 secs. Class, (actually clocked a personal best time of 10.9 secs.) and made all of us very proud. Seems as though the long stay in the containers had its effect on the fuel in some of our cars and this led to re-tuning attempts to get back some performance. Brian Franco and Chester Lewis ran in 12 secs. And when they did not red light, they broke out the bracket. Remember they had to face that sharp turn 400 ft. after the finish line, when we are accustomed to running for nearly half mile after our finish, so they tried to get the jump at the start. Rajesh and Erica ran in 13 secs. And faced the same red light problems. The team was well received and will be back in Antigua for a much bigger Event shortly.
So it didn't exactly have timing lights and a few very minor things need to be ironed out. It was however, Trinidad & Tobago Drag Racing Association's first official event and it was alot of fun. Billed as the official replacement for the popular 'gangsta' drags, TTDRA was actually born from the same series of gatherings. Now that it has been organised, we can look forward to safe, more organised Sundays at the Wallerfield tracks, provided of course there's no other Motorsport event on in T&T. The event was held on the circuit track with permission from TTASA and eTECK (PIDCOTT). While some big guns declined to even attempt running on this rough southern track, the street cars had a welcome field day.