ASH Wednesday's staging of Heelz & Wheelz Super Street Car Show and Competition at the National Arena parking lot, St Andrew, was a real treat until its near 10:00 pm finish.
"We've proved the point that we are the premiere show of this type. We outdid ourselves," said event organiser and title sponsor Andrew Lee-Sing of Lee-Sing Concepts.
Heelz & Wheelz Super Street got off to a late start. However, by mid-evening there was more than enough visual treats and action to hold the crowd until the very last automotive judging segment late into the night. The 'Best of Show' was crowned completing the over 20 categories cars that participants entered. Top prize went to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS C63 AMG of Ricardo Whilby.
"It was good to win. We had entered a few of the bike categories, so to take this prize with the car was great for us," he told Auto.
The car, which Whilby imported into the island, won on several factors including its exclusivity, as it is the first and only one currently in the island.
Unfortunately, the car competition was slow to start due to the tardiness of several of the major car clubs eventually forcing the organisers to stick to their guns on late registration. This meant patrons -— who feasted their eyes upon the rows
of well-put-together street machines, ranging from classic bikes to a massive eight-wheeled truck — weren't able to see a large chunk of them in direct comparison in the judging ring.
Those that choose to enter the competition, found themselves either victors by default as they stood alone in the judging circle, or in very tight battles with only a few cars. One such battle was for the best Subaru eventually going the way of Peter 'Squadie' Matthews in his 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi wagon.
"I just cleaned it up and came off the street. This is how I drive it every day," he said.
During the early hours, attendees had a host of activities to keep them busy as on top of the rows modified cars there were vendor booths displaying various automotive accessories. In the evening, there was a musical presentation to entertain the patrons. With performances from Cherine Anderson, Popcaan and Flippa Moggela, all doing their latest hit songs, the crowd was kept the highly energised high until the end of the event.