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Published:Friday | April 8, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Toyota Jamaica is No. 1! Howard Foster (left) accepts the NCB Auto Dealer of the Year award from Patrick Hylton, group managing director of NCB. - Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Group Managing Director of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Patrick Hylton (left) and the bank's assistant general manager, retail banking, Bernadette Barrow, lyme with Carland Investments Managing Director Tariq Malik at the NCB Auto Dealers Awards ceremony.
From left: An animated Steve Austin of Stewart's Auto Sales has the attention of NCB executives Audrey McIntosh, Donna-Marie Sutherland, Audrey Tugwell-Henry and Bernadette Barrow.
Veteran car dealer Kent LaCroix (right) has much to say to (from left) Marjorie Boroughs, Howard Foster and Chris McFarlane.
There's much to talk about between NCB execs Audrey Tugwell-Henry (left) and Dennis Cohen (second left), as they meet and greet (from centre) Andrene Powell and Jermaine Bailey of Crichton Automotive, and Adam Harris of ATL Autohaus.
Jermaine Blair (right), loans coordinator at Crichton Automotive, raps with Dennis Cohen, deputy group managing director, NCB, and Audrey Tugwell-Henry, senior general manager, retail banking.
Crichton Automotive won the Used Car Dealer of the Year (2009-2010) and Jermaine Blair (left) accepts the award from Dennis Cohen, deputy group managing director of National Commercial Bank.
Kevin Jackson of Toyota Jamaica takes the New Car Sales Representative 2009-2010 award. Here, he is presented with it by Audrey Tugwell-Henry.

Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter

Usually when there are this many auto dealers in one place, it's a car show.

But this time it was the executives and not the mechanic marvels that had the spotlight shining on them as National Commercial Bank (NCB) hosted its annual Auto Dealers Awards on Tuesday at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel.

From the black carpet with white lane markings down the middle, to the race driver attire of the hostesses, this was all about cars. Even the waiters were brought in on the action, dressed in black-and-white chequered shirts, reminiscent of pit crews in Formula One racing.

On paper, it was an awards event, but it certainly didn't turn out as your run-of-the-mill ceremony. No long speeches with cliché commendations on 'a job well done' and all that stuff. DJ Narity's selections and the lounge-style setting of the hotel's Venetian Suite kept the event chic and devoid of boring rhetoric.

Rootz Underground 'revved' up the crowd up even more with their pulsating beats and thought-provoking lyrics. And, also on a charged-up musical note, 'Rising Stars' alumni Cameal Davis and Adina Myrie both delivering some high-octane performances.

Toyota Jamaica took the major awards in the new car categories, including the coveted New Car Dealer of the Year 2009-2010, while Crichton Automotive topped the used car dealers category.