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Classic Car Show ignites Mandeville

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Cars on display at the recently held Ultimate Classic Car show at Brook's Park Sports and Recreational Complex, Mandeville, Manchester.-PHOTOS BY TAMARA BAILEY
Only one of its kind in the island, the 1986 Zimmer was a hit at the car show.
People's Choice Award winner, Victor Wright, stands beside his 1960 Morris Austin.
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Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:THE TOWN of Mandeville came alive last Sunday as car lovers convened at the Brook's Park Sports and Recreational Complex for the Ultimate Classic Car Show 2014.

The show, which saw just under 100 cars on display, included classic cars, modern cars, racing cars, motorcycles, and bikes.

According to Central Classic Car Club representative and event coordinator, Victor Dixon, the fourth staging of the event was inspired by the need to give back to the community.

"The inspiration came from the love of classic cars and we wanted persons to enjoy our passion, and at some point, we wanted to start using our cars to help raise money to help charity. This year, we are trying to use part of the proceeds to assist the Mandeville Regional hospital, tentatively the children's ward, and though slower in comparison to the second-year staging, we are hopeful that we'll be able to yield enough for the hospital."

Patrons who travelled from adjoining parishes and even as far as Kingston, enjoyed the activities that included a kiddies' village, test driving from used- and new-car dealers, car and bike stunts, and performances from several singers, and the popularly hilarious, granny.

"Mandeville is considered to be a sleepy town, and so it is the ideal place to have a classic-car show. We are considered to be very low keyed and quiet and this environment is perfect for all we have to offer," Dixon told Rural Xpress.

With sponsors such as FosRich Lighting, Tyre Warehouse, Green Sun Energy, Automotive Arts, Stewarts, BMW, Mercedes, Vicbern Roofing, Victours Coach & Classic Transport Company on board, the need to raise money for charity and be part of a family oriented event was a sentiment echoed by all.

"Apart from the car show, it's geared towards family and charity, so we wanted to participate in that ... a lot of times you see mothers bringing the children, today we have a lot of fathers and sons enjoying the show and we want to have a lot more of this in the town of Mandeville," stated Carma Edwards Wright, regional manager at FosRich.

"This show is a definite plus for the younger persons who wouldn't have an idea as to what vehicles like these would look like, and we are just happy to be a part of this event," said Brent Richards, sales manager, Tyre Warehouse.

There were several cars on display: American and English Ford, Morris Austin, Rolls Royce, Chevrolet, Mercedes Benz, Toyota (FT 86), BMW, and Jaguar, but it was a 1960 Morris Austin 1000 that won the People's Choice Award.

The day's events ended with an after party and a plan to host a bigger show next year.

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