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Chen returns, Furious display, Nano woes

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
File Charles Chen waves the chequered flag at the Carnival of Speed meet at Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Easter Monday 2015.

 

April

5: Customers and associates of Paul Cole's King Midas Mufflers were treated at the premiere of the seventh movie in the Furious franchise at the Carib 5 Cinema, Cross Roads, St Andrew, the previous week.

"We try to maintain that connection with the customers. We are a household name but we do not want to take that for granted, because customers are always looking for new things. At the same time, we want to connect with them in a social environment as well. We do not want to always meet them at the office," said Cole.

12: The last time he crossed the finish line at Dover Raceway, St Ann, was almost two years ago. So, when Charles Chen shrugged off the challenge of the country's top circuit racer, David Summerbell, for a nail-biting finish to one of the Thundersport II events, he was not only elated, but indicated this could be the rebirth of his racing career.

The hard-fought battle was one of the high points of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which concluded on Easter Monday.

"It is the hardest that I have ever driven for an entire race. I felt good that I was able to defend the race line," said Chen, who charged out of corner one ahead of the pack. He held the position until starter Alfred 'Soldjie' Clayton waved the chequered flag, signalling the end of the race.

18: Three midsize SUVs have established themselves as top Jamaican customer choices in the range. "The RAV4, the Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Mitsubishi ASX are the top-selling midsize SUVs. Some of these are all-wheel drive, and in most cases, are two-wheel drive," said ADA chairman, Kent LaCroix.

25: Just like how they turned out in droves to support Daryl King during his lifetime when he competed in some of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club's top-flight rally events, motor sport enthusiasts came out in large numbers to say farewell to Daryl King, one of the most popular of the younger race drivers from western Jamaica.

A 30-year-old farmer of Ironshore, Montego Bay, who attended Rusea's High in Hanover and Cornwall College in St James, King died of a heart attack on Thursday, March 26. His funeral was held at the St James Parish Church, Montego Bay, before interment in the Hillview Memorial Park.

May

3: A cable crash barrier system is to be implemented on the Palisadoes main road, popularly called the airport road.

The National Works Agency is implementing the road-safety measure for the first time in Jamaica in an effort to improve road safety and decrease traffic fatalities on the strip from the Harbour View Roundabout to the roundabout at the Norman Manley Airport, which is known for speeding and associated crashes.

10: The Jamaica Urban Transit Company has acquired 26 additional buses, to bring its complement to 469.

In a handover ceremony at the Twickenham Park Depot,

St Catherine, the state bus company's managing director, Colin Campbell, indicated that 16 of the Volvo buses will go directly into the city service, while 10 will added to the newly formed Euro Luxury Group.

17: Mark Thompson and Sean Maloney headed into the second round of the Suzuki Challenge Series at Bushy Park, Barbados looking to extend their early-season advantage in the Swift Cup and SR3 Cup respectively.

However, they could not have expected easy going, not with an expanded Swift Sport grid and the drivers more familiar with their cars following the season-opener in March.

24: It is likely to become increasingly difficult for Jamaican owners of the Tata Nano to service their motor vehicles, given the uncertainty of an authorised distributor to supply parts and services.

The Nano, made in India and once heralded as the cheapest car in the world, was introduced to Jamaica by Metis Motors. The brand was taken over by Carmax, but that dealership has now run into legal issues.

31: As tyre retreading for commercial tyres on trailers and trucks continues to be offered in Jamaica, a major provider of the service claims it is very cost-effective and the redone tyres have an extended life.

For safety reasons, retreading is normally done on rear tyres, which wear less than those used on the front of the vehicles. Among the sizes on which the process is done are 700/16, 750/16, 11R22.5 and 11R24.5.

 

June

7: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has fully endorsed the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association's 2015 Road Safety Campaign.

Simpson Miller delivered the keynote address during the official launch of the organisation's Road Safety Month activities, held at Coore's FESCO Gas Station, in Angel's, St Catherine.

14: Many unsuspecting consumers purchase used vehicles fitted with winter (or snow) tyres, not knowing of the grave dangers that they may face.

Marlene Lambert is one of them. She bought a used motor car from a dealer, fitted with winter tyres, two years ago and today is giving thanks to be alive. She tells a frightening story of trying to negotiate a corner and the vehicle skidded violently, crashing and being written off.

21: Earlier this year it was announced that the police would be getting new state-of-the-art radar guns. These would replace the ones currently utilised to determine if a motorist is exceeding the speed limit in a particular area. It is expected that this development would drastically reduce complaints by motorists who complain that they have been wrongfully identified as speeding, especially when they are driving in a line of traffic going at roughly the same speed.

However, head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said there is a process that must be followed before the new devices are deployed on the streets.

28: The Mona GeoInformatics Institute, in collaboration with the Traffic Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the National Road Safety Council, HAS launched an online fatal-crash map showing the distribution of fatal crashes in the country over the last six months.

The launch was held at the Mona Visitors' Lodge at the University of the West Indies, Mona.