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'Classic' meet gets 'mugged'

Rory Daley

Friday, January 17, 2014    

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THE year has started off on a positive note for the Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) as their first event at Hope Gardens, St Andrew last Sunday was a huge success.

The new executive led by Shane Angus was satisfied.

"We had a good turnout, especially from a lot of young people. The club expected a bit more cars, but with classics, getting them to drive is sometimes a challenge," Angus told Auto.

In total, 28 cars and four classic motorcycles were on display for the public to enjoy on their Sunday outing.

Vehicles ranged from bona fide classics to new-age favourites, all of which vied for the proverbial spotlight.

The big draw for both owners and enthusiasts was the mini-mug rally set by the JCCC's Richard Simpson, himself a past member of the Jamaica Motoring Club.

"A mug rally is a rally with simple instructions, which are jumbled to confuse the navigator. But you still have to obey the rules of the road," explained Simpson.

Given their maps, several teams headed out into nearby Mona. The pair of Huon Guiness and Michael McFarlane were the eventual winners in Guiness's Ford Escort.

"I enjoyed it. It was intimidating at first, but you have to trust in your navigator," he said.

Both Angus and Simpson said the mug rally initiative was to give members something different to do rather than just having a static display of the cars.

"A lot of people tend to like seeing these older cars driving around their neighbourhoods, plus within the club itself. It brings up a sense of friendly competition," added Simpson.

The sight of the classics cruising around helped bring extra attention to the meet, and the club plans to add scavenger hunts in the future, in view of the positive response. The next event is planned for February 9.

"The club will be at the Sans Souci Hotel's Flower Show in St Mary, for which we have tickets for sale," said Angus.

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