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Friday, August 18, 2017

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Clarendon's Ultimate Car Show in Hayes may not have got the crowd support it anticipated, but its organisers sees it as par for the course.

“I think it went good. The support came from the guys in terms of the cars; in terms of the patrons, not so much. However, this is the first kind of this event in the area, car show/fun day, so we going to take a look at it and see how we can better next year,” Andre Williams, event organiser, told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

Attempts to get the show started early failed as only a few cars turned out, and as the afternoon progressed they were left with little choice but to start things with the 11 vehicles that showed up. Fortunately, for the auto fans on hand, there was enough variety and quality in the contestants to keep the small crowd's interest for the duration.

On the surface, it was the classic Cobra of Craig Phang Sang that seemed to be pulling everyone's eye. However, once judging started, it was the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche of Noel King that took over the Crowd Favourite category with its matte black paint and custom neon-green suspension pieces that gave it a 10-inch lift off the ground.

“Six years ago I started modifying it, like everything I own,” King said.

Phang Sang's Cobra went on to take Best Classic. The rest of the categories were just as close despite the small numbers. Ainsley Lawrence won over the judges for Best Rims with his gold deep-dish wheels on his Toyota Levin. Best Interior went to the colourfully decked out insides of Shacquille Blake's Honda Civic. Rayan Reid won by millimetres the Lowest Ride in his yellow Honda Civic sedan. Andrew Morgan captured the judges' attention with his purple-coloured engine bay for that category.

“We're planning for next year. From the inception this was to be a yearly event, so next year, starting from January, we'll be prepping from then. Still in Clarendon, but a different venue maybe,” he said.

— Rory Daley

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