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Slide Life for Saturday at ATL Auto in MoBay

BY JARMILA JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, August 24, 2012    

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ATL Automotive Limited in Montego Bay, St James, will be the venue for Slide Life, Gymkhana Reloaded tomorrow at 8 pm.

The event — the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club's (JMMC) sixth dexterity meet for the season — will see the island's top drivers competing for drifting supremacy.

The parking lot will also be filled with tantalising tuner vehicle displays by Skunk Nation.

Over 25 drivers are expected to compete on the obstacle course including heavyweights: Cleve 'Cutta Hype' Ottey, Jamar 'Sckoolaz' Kinkead, Dennis Bicarie, Kingsley Scott, Richard 'Sir Rich' Rerrie, and Matthew 'Magnet' Gore, 2010 Rally Sport Champion, in his Toyota Starlet.

Jordan Powell, racer and event organiser, told Auto it promises to be a memorable event.

"We have a lot of entertaining drivers who will be taking part on Saturday. We realise that more people turn out for night-time events, so we're trying to work with that concept. The sound, the music, the lights from the cars, the flames coming out of the exhaust, the overall atmosphere you get from automotive events is just more spectacular at night. Not to mention it's a lot cooler, considering the summer has been so hot," Powell told Auto.

According to Powell, who will also be competing at the event in his ATL Automotive-sponsored Volkswagen Polo, the course will be kept wet throughout the night and designed to guarantee more drifting during the competition.

"It will be particularly exciting for the rear-wheel drive competitors. The course won't be as tight as it normally is, because the drivers have been saying that they want to stretch their legs a little and have more room for drifting, so you'll have the usual 360s and so on, but they'll be a little flashier. I think the spectators will enjoy that a lot, so will the more experienced drivers," said Powell.

Admission is $800 for adults and $300 for children under 12 years old.

According to Powell, in partnership with ATL Automotive, part of the proceeds will be donated to Cornwall Regional Hospital's Wheelchair Foundation.

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