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Hot drifters for cool Mandeville

BY JARMILA JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, July 06, 2012    

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HOT shot 'drifters' from across the island will put their skills to the test this Sunday at the Masterblock Factory in Knockpatrick, Manchester.

The event, Drift Masters, kicks off at noon. This is the fifth meet in the Jamaica Millenium Motoring Club's (JMMC) 2012 National Dexterity Championship.

The meet will see drivers attempting to make their mark on the concrete by tackling an obstacle course with slick slides and spins.

According to Dean Corrodus, chairman of the JMMC, facilities are being put in place to ensure some entertaining and highly competitive runs.

"There is a huge area where most of the activity will take place. They are currently repaving the concrete pad so that the surface will be smooth and fresh and the drifting will as a result be much smoother as well," Corrodus told Auto.

Drivers expected to compete include reigning Dexterity Champion Maurice 'Wurl Boss' Whittingham, Cleve 'Cutta Hype' Ottey, Dennis 'Krossbreed' Bicarie, Jamar 'Sckoolaz' Kinkead, and Ian Wright.

Wright, who is known for competing in his rear-wheel drive Toyota Tacoma pickup — popularly known as The Big Red Truck — told Auto that he will be switching things up a bit for Sunday's event. For the first time in four years, Wright will be not be competing in his famous pickup.

"I've been competing in the truck for a long time now and I've always managed to place in the top 10. I've never won an event because the length and height of the vehicle means there's more body roll and it takes far more judgement in terms of negotiating narrow spots so it really requires more effort than a car would," said Wright.

"I just acquired a rear-wheel drive 1986 Toyota Corolla two weeks ago. I haven't had much time to become fully acclimatised to it but we're going to go there and put our best foot forward," he continued.

Over the years, The Big Red Truck has become quite the crowd-pleaser and Wright admits to having been more concerned with pleasing the crowd than with winning trophies until now. However, he is confident the new set of wheels will give him a competitive edge while still allowing him to satisfy the crowd with some flashy slides.

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