'Heelz' gets thumbs up

Friday, March 15, 2019

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GIVEN the success of March 6's Heelz & Wheelz: Pop Up series, organiser Andrew Lee-Sing is contemplating another.

The event was held at Portmore Town Centre, St Catherine.

“We are in the process of setting the date, but we want to do another Pop Up first. Probably on the north coast in Ocho Rios,” Lee-Sing told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

According to the car show organiser, the event would culminate with his annual Heelz and Wheelz series at the National Stadium in St Andrew.

Lee-Sing's optimism is a result of the March 6 Pop Up series exceeding expectations.

“It was a great success. We were filled to capacity and people were asking for more space to display their cars,” he said.

Lee-Sing said the success of Heelz & Wheelz is based on its ability to draw out cars that fans don't normally see at regular link-ups.

“Our brand is known to be different.”

Automotive fans turned out in their hundreds to see rows of top-tier cars from car clubs across the island. Variety was the key, as all the popular brands, modifications and street styles were represented from the colourful, the classics, and the hardcore import performance cars from Kingston's Team Stainless.

“I would like to see more of corporate Jamaica getting involved as car shows are getting fewer each year due to the lack of sponsorship. But I must say this Heelz & Wheelz was by far the best. Thumbs up to Lee-Sing,” Eddie Bond of Team Stainless said.

Bond's crew brought four of their heavy hitters: a mint R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R; a modified example of the current generation of Honda Civic; an old-school 90s Civic hatchback; and their turbocharged Honda Integra Type R.

“Based on how this event was just a Pop Up series, we decided to just bring out four cars this time around. When the big Heelz & Wheelz is announced, best believe Team Stainless will be out in our numbers. We have two new projects coming out very soon and they will definitely be present,” he said.

— Rory Daley

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