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Cops put brakes on Hot Rides

Friday, June 06, 2014    

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HOT Rides, Portmore's attempt to stage a modified car show, was in full swing at the Miraculum Plaza in St Catherine when police brought the proceedings to a halt.

"We would like to apologise to all. We were under the impression that we were in possession of all the proper documentation to hold the event," Conrie Jackson, event organiser, told Auto.

According to Jackson, he went through the process, including paying the fees necessary to stage the event, but the final piece of paperwork had not reached his hand. Jackson has been since informed that he does not need to reapply, but instead get a new date.

"I'm not sure what we're going to do yet," he explained.

Before that moment however, the venue was packed to capacity with fans and cars. Two of the three awards managed to be handed out. Best Rims went to Andrew Morris as his rare Driftmaster 16-inch which captured the eyes of the judges.

"I had changed the colour of my car and was looking around for something to match. It took a month, but the first time I saw them I knew I had to have them," Morris said.

Judge Kamar Khan agreed describing their subtle blue/metallic grey look blending perfectly with the 1988 Toyota Corolla's paint scheme while balancing an old school and modern appearance.

The second and final award of the evening, Best Paint Job, was a tough battle that came down to the vehicle with the least flaws given the quality of the entrants. Kurt Davis did Portmore proud by taking this trophy with his 1989 BMW E30 3-series.

"It feels good to win given the competition," Davis said.

The 25-year-old car had been repainted over for last year's Import Tuner Night, and since then Davis has simply cared for it by keeping the car covered when not in use. He also credits specialty cleaning products for maintaining the paint.

"Portmore kinda dusty," he laughed.

- Rory Daley

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