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Classics on the North Coast

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Carl Gilchrist A Triumph Stag, from the 1970s.
Carl Gilchrist A1970 3.5L Rover.
Carl Gilchrist A 1959 Austin Metropolitan (left) is parked beside an MG and other cars.
Carl Gilchrist A pair of Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
Carl Gilchrist A 1966 Ford Cortina GT.
Carl Gilchrist. A 1971 Mercedes Benz SEL
Carl Gilchrist he 1931 Ford Model A.
Carl Gilchrist Former Miss Universe contestant Saneta Kerr with the 1931 Ford Model A.
Carl Gilchrist A 1977 Ford Escort Ghia.
Carl Gilchrist A Triumph TR6 convertible.
Carl Gilchrist Brian Madden beside his 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

Members of the Jamaica Classic Car Club turned out in their numbers last Sunday at Tropical Splendour, the Ocho Rios Orchid Society's annual flower show and classic-car event.

Held in conjunction with Couples Sans Souci, the show was staged on the hotel's premises and showcased a wide range of beauty, from nature's plants to the man-made machines.

More than 30 cars were on show, dating as far back as Paul Chung's 1931 Ford Model A.

Chung also brought out his 1959 Austin Metropolitan, 1987 Porsche 924s, and his favourite, a 1972 BMW 2002.

centre of attraction

As on previous occasions at the flower show and other places where the classics were displayed, the Ford Model A was the centre of attraction.

"It draws a lot of attention. The amount of people asking us to use it for weddings!" Chung said. "I did a few (weddings), just for friends, but I'm not in the business for that."

Another member, Brian Madden, brought his latest addition to his collection, a 1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow which he acquired about a year ago.

Madden also owns a 1963 MGB, which he says is the oldest of its kind in Jamaica, a Rover 100, a Rover 3.5L, a Jaguar XJ6 4.2L and Dodge Dart.

He was enthusiastic about the Rolls-Royce's performance. "It runs very well. As a matter of fact, I just examined the spark plugs a while ago and they're clean, just like brand new, which means the engine is performing very efficiently," Madden said,

The Rolls-Royce, like so many of the classic cars which were on display, is reserved for special occasions.