Classics take over Mandeville

Observer writer

Friday, March 29, 2019

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The Jamaica Classic Car Club's (JCCC) annual trek to Manchester last Sunday continued to prove itself as a highlight with one of the largest showings in the club's history and the best outing for the year so far.

“The meet was great. Mandeville continues to be one of the best meets. It brings out everyone in that area. We had a great support from Kingston and as far as Portland. The feedback from members is that they all had a lovely time,” Shane Angus, JCCC president, told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

With 60 cars on display, there was plenty for the Sunday crowd to browse and reminisce about. They ran the gamut from ageless classics like a 1931 Ford Model A from Mandeville collector Victor Dixon, all the way up the car that caught the most attention, the mint-condition 2008 BMW M5 Touring owned by station wagon aficionado Donald Ellis.

“In about 2007 I drove one for a few days and from that experience I decided that at some point in the future I must own one,” Ellis explained.

The M5 sedan was a technical tour-de-force when it debuted in 2005, sporting what was then a direct link to BMW's Formula One programme, a stunning race-derived 500bhp V10 engine and a seven-speed electro-hydraulic manual transmission.

“In 2005, the BMW-Sauber Formula 1 programme developed the S85 engine purpose built for the E60 M5 making it the first production V10 sedan and at that time the world's fastest sedan, basically super car performance in a sedan. I've always loved 'sleepers' and even more so with this particular car because it's the station wagon version, different and quite rare,” he said.

If the power of the engine wasn't enough, the exhaust note was what drew all the onlookers.

“When you hear someone use the term 'eargasm' this is it right here. The sound of the exhaust at full throttle is pure pleasure to the ears. It's also an M car, so of course performance and fun guaranteed. I love the fact that it's all turbo, no supercharger, all natural. And the SMG transmission is amazing. All round, just a phenomenal car.”

Angus is now concentrating on getting a similar response for the April meet destined for Portmore.

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