A classic show

Friday, September 05, 2014

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THERE was plenty to see at Sunday's Ultimate Classic Car Show held at Brooks Park in Mandeville, Manchester, as the central and western collectors brought out cars galore to fill the venue for as far as the eye could see.

"Mandeville has become the mecca for classic cars in Jamaica. We have the cars, the weather, and the enthusiasm from the owners and the spectators," Victor Dixon Jr, event organiser, told Auto.

This was Dixon's fourth try at such an event.

"We had a show in 2012 at a club level, but this is the first time I'm putting on a show of this magnitude," he said.

With part proceeds going to aid the Mandeville Regional Hospital, auto enthusiasts came out in full force, along with the various chapters of the Jamaica Classic Car Club. This led to a wide array of classics, future classics, and some unbelievable vehicular rarities arranged across the lawns of Brooks Park. The event had easily hit its target of 100 cars, 15 of which were from Dixon's own collection.

This played into the People's Choice award that happened later in the day, as the initial winner was one of Dixon's vehicles. He graciously declined, asking that another car be chosen. The trophy finally went to St Elizabeth native Victor Wright as his bright red 1960 Morris Austin Minor 1000 caught the eye of the crowd.

"I didn't expect to win, but it gets a lot of attention on the road," Wright said.

Wright, an admitted Minor aficionado, has owned the car for seven years.

"I have five of them," he explained.

The winning car was in the best condition and the only one to be licensed for the road, turning it into his daily motor vehicle.

"I drove it all the way from Ocho Rios where it was," he said.

-- Rory Daley





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