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Early end to Mazda Link-Up

Friday, August 31, 2012    

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LAST Friday's Mazda Link-Up at the Boulevard Super Centre on Washington Boulevard, St Andrew, came to an abrupt halt.

An hour after the scheduled 8:30 pm show start, as a majority of the cars began rolling into the venue, they were all asked to leave.

"I was amazed the event was being advertised without our knowledge," said Courtney Jackson, property manager at the Boulevard Super Centre.

However, Mazda aficionado and the link-up organiser David Samuels explained it was just a misunderstanding.

"It was just miscommunication between ourselves and the SuperCenter. The link-up wasn't planned as an event per se. I mean, we were glad for the publicity, but it was supposed to be a simple get together."

Regardless, Jackson pointed out that there was a process to be followed.

"It's private property. You can't just show up and do what you feel like," he said.

He said large gatherings or any event of significance the Boulevard Super Centre requires permission sought in writing at least two weeks before the event.

While a large number of the vehicles left the venue, Samuels was still upbeat about the Mazda Link-Up.

"The major objective was met, which was to start the club. Mazda owners and lovers came out laying the groundwork. Its just a matter of working out the details for our next meeting."

Jackson said the Super Centre would have no problem hosting a similar event, as long as procedure was followed.

Representatives for two of the car clubs who showed up for the brief period, Skunk Nation's Nick Lue and BMW Innovation's Dave Lumley, both relayed disappointment in how the event was brought to a stop, but understood as it was Samuel's first attempt there would have been a few bugs to work out.

"It was the Mazda community's first try, so I expect the next one to be better," said Lumley.

"Hats off to his effort," added Lue. "Despite the misunderstanding, he brought out a car I really liked and those in attendance were able to garner information on the Mazda brand."

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