New CR-V for JA

There was plenty of hot rides to look at while partying.

STARTING next month, the Honda CR-V will be available in Jamaica for the first time with two-wheel-drive from local Honda dealers ATL Automotive. The two-wheel-drive CRV will replace the entry-level four-wheel-drive model, increasing value to buyers in the market for a Sport Utility Vehicle. Witho ... Read More

Racer Daryl
King (Photos:
Observer file) Long live the King!
THE funeral service for motor racer Daryl King will be held at the St James Parish Church in Montego ... Read More

At the musical controls are Nick Lue (left) and DJ Donny at
the first in the Club SkunkLIFE party series, at Suzie’s Bakery,
St Andrew. (Photos: Rory Daley) SkunkLIFE lives up to billing
Buoyed by the success of the inaugural Club SkunkLIFE party series at Suzie's Bakery and Coffee Bar ... Read More

The medal given to Retired Major Victor Beek by American
President Barack Obama during his recent one-day working
visit to the island. Obama leaves mark on JCCC
IT was an extra-special trip to Mandeville for the Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) last Sunday, as t ... Read More

Kart crown up for grabs

Friday, April 17, 2015    

Karting action returns this Sunday
to the Palisadoes International
Raceway in Kingston. (Photo: File)

WITH 2014 Abe Zaidie Championship winner Thomas Issa abroad in school, the 2015 season is wide open for any driver mounting a serious effort at this Sunday's second Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) meet at the Palisadoes International Raceway. "It's early in the season," Heather Eaton, JKA president, told Auto. After the JKA's first meet in March, there have already been battles across the classes. Minimax sees plenty of action from the progeny of several of Jamaica's top racers starting wit ... Read More

Biker blues

Friday, April 17, 2015    

A crashed motorcycle

STEPHEN Noble, 38, of Santa Cruz in St Elizabeth, became the 105th fatality in as many days on the island's roadways. According to report, Noble — who was operating a motorcycle — lost control of the unit and crashed, on Wednesday. He was not wearing a helmet and became the 28th person to die in this category. Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, believes Noble's death could have been prevented if he had on proper safety gea ... Read More

Hamilton roars to victory in Chinese GP but reignites feud with teammate

Monday, April 13, 2015    

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car
during the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) -- Lewis Hamilton roared to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix but sparked a furious blast from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as their long-running feud reignited yesterday. The Briton made it two wins out of three races this year after the cars came home behind the safety car, with Rosberg second and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finishing in third. Rosberg, who reacted petulantly to his near miss in qualifying by snapping at mechanics, at one point demanded over the radio ... Read More

Pedestrians fear for their lives at busy intersection

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive Editor -- Publications | Sunday, April 12, 2015    

These two men stand in the middle of Trafalgar Road waiting to
cross as motor vehicles drive by.

THANKFULLY, there have been no fatalities so far. However, people who cross the street at the busy Hope/Trafalgar/Waterloo roads intersection by Devon House daily do so with great fear. Why? There are no pedestrian lights. "Sometimes when we're crossing the drivers don't even stop. We have to stop and wait for them to cross," said Ardenne High School first-former Abigail Ellis. Her friend and schoolmate Sadara Dyer agreed: "Yes, we have to stop in the middle of the road," she said. The Arde ... Read More

Hamilton takes fifth pole in Shanghai

Sunday, April 12, 2015    

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis
Hamilton takes his car in for a pit-stop during the
qualifying session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix
in Shanghai yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

SHANGHAI, China (CMC) — Brit Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for today's Chinese Grand Prix after topping final qualifying for the third straight race here yesterday. The 30-year-old clocked one minute, 35.782 seconds to narrowly edge out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel claiming third spot on the grid. For Hamilton, it was his 41st pole and fifth in Shanhai, joining Formula One legends Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only d ... Read More

Daryl King's passing shocks motorsport fraternity

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Saturday, April 11, 2015    

Daryl King at a race meet.

JAMAICA'S motorsport fraternity is in shock at the sudden passing of Daryl King. King, 30, was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday night. Charles Chen, president of the Jamaica Racing Drivers' Club, said King's death took the sport by surprise. "I was talking to Daryl on Monday and he told me that he was going to race at Dover in May, and to hear that he is dead, it is so sudden and so unfortunate. It is very sad and upsetting to hear the ne ... Read More

JNGI eyes young drivers

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, April 10, 2015    

(From left) Drive Smart brand ambassadors Rushane ‘Dutty
Berry’ Berry and Natasha Chang pose with Chris Hind, general
manager JN General Insurance Company Limited, at the
Tuesday night launch of their Drive Smart Policy programme
at Carib 5, St Andrew. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

JN General Insurance Company Limited launched its latest insurance policy programme with an showing of Furious 7 at Carib 5 cinema in St Andrew, on Tuesday. The new policy, JNGI Drive Smart, is aimed squarely at young drivers between 17 and 29 years of age. "Most insurance companies think young drivers are wild, crazy and liable to get into accidents, but JNGI sees them as the future," Chris Hind, general manager JN General Insurance Company Limited told Auto. Drive Smart offers 40 per cent o ... Read More

Dover action to heat up

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, April 10, 2015    

Chris Campbell in action.

THE Jamaica Race Drivers Club hopes to inject some more excitement into the top tier's of circuit racing at Dover Raceway in St Ann. With that in mind, Auto has learnt that Peter 'Bull' Thompson will return to the sport later this year. "I do plan to return to circuit racing in 2015. Maybe the next race meet or further down depending on what our upcoming testing sessions show us," said Thompson. Thompson -- considered one of the top four draws in the genre along with David Summerbell Jr, Dougl ... Read More

Roger's the man!

Friday, April 10, 2015    

Roger Foo

THERE can be many words used to describe American racer Roger Foo, who visited the island to participate in Monday's Dover race meet. However, the one that comes to mind is humility. Foo became an import performance icon in 2001 when he took victory as a privateer at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California driving his Honda Civic. "I've never felt that I was special," Foo told Auto. His background would say otherwise, as even within his family, he stood out. Where most racers have similar histo ... Read More

Quick start to season

Friday, April 10, 2015    

Street 16 winner Matthew Saunders on his way to his class-winning time of 17.241 seconds
in his home-built Honda Civic sedan. (Photo: Contributed)

Mother Nature continues to be the bane of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC), as the rain caused a slight delay in their season opener -- the Nestle Supligen Drag Challenge #1 at Vernamfield, St Catherine on Sunday March 29. "We used a multitude of road vehicles running up the lanes to dry out the track," Stephen Gunter, NDRC executive member, told Auto. Once the track was dry enough, the action returned full speed for those who had braved the brief but powerful downpour. At the end of th ... Read More



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