Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Accolodes for Honda CR-V http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Accolodes-for-Honda-CR-V_17760244 THE Honda CR-V has won Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 2015. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Two-day drift for Dover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Two-day-drift-for-Dover_17759698 IT will be two days of racing for the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Seaboard Marine/Total Lubricants Heroes of Drift and Speed scheduled for Dover Raceway, St Ann, October 19 and 20. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Speed interrupted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Speed-interrupted_17754586 SUNDAY'S National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Drag Challenge number four at Vernamfield, Clarendon was brought to an abrupt end around 6:00 pm, leaving five races left to be run. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Whittingham is 2014 sprint champ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Whittingham-is-2014-sprint-champ_17753959 MAURICE Whittingham added another title to his illustrious motorsports career when he was announced the Drivers Rallysport Club's (DRC)'s Tru-Juice RallySprint Champion for 2014 at the DRC's annual general meeting held at Off The Hook in New Kingston, on Tuesday. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Road deaths inch towards 300 mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-deaths-inch-towards-300-mark_17758241 WITH the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) missing its target of keeping fatalities below 240 this year, the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing said it is doing everything in its power to keep that figure below the 300 mark. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT New Ford F-150: toughest, smartest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-Ford-F-150--toughest--smartest_17759128 DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2015 Ford F-150 -- the reinvention of America's favourite pickup - is winning early praise as it sets the standard for the future of tough, thanks to the all-new vehicle's impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Teams rally for Round Six of Defender Challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Teams-rally-for-Round-Six-of-Defender-Challenge_17760727 RALLY teams racing the iconic Land Rover Defender will descend on North Wales this weekend as Round Six of the Defender Challenge by Bowler series takes place at the Cambrian Rally. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH - Quarter-mile cuties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Quarter-mile-cuties_17752762 The National Drag Racing Circuit's meet at Vernamfield in Clarendon saw high-performance machines facing off in heat finishes for bragging rights. The off-track scenes, however, were quite as interesting. Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT New direction for DRC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-direction-for-DRC_17753827 RALLY veteran Conrad Burns is new head of the Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) after the club's annual general meeting at Off The Hook, New Kingston last Tuesday night, . Local Auto Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Rent-A-Car group seeks meeting with Minister Davies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rent-A-Car-group-seeks-meeting-with-Minister-Davies_17721153 THE Jamaica Rent-A-Car Association has written the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Omar Davies, requesting a meeting to iron out problems with the proposed changes to the Road Traffic Act. Local Auto Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lewis Hamilton wins inaugural Russian GP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Lewis-Hamilton-wins-inaugural-Russian-GP_17736486 SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix yesterday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors' title and stretched his lead in the championship. Local Sports Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: TO THE RESCUE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/TO-THE-RESCUE_17737088 This is what was left of a Honda Civic motor car after it and a passenger bus collided along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew yesterday evening. The female driver had to be cut from the vehicle with jaws of life and rushed to hospital. Local News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Dilemma http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Dilemma-_17731346 This truck which broke down along the main road in Whitehorses, St Thomas delayed other truckers for an entire day as that section of the road was too narrow to allow big units to pass each other. The Observer North East later learnt that the disabled truck was eventually towed away by a crane the following day. Local News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Toyota 'busses' Padmore Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota--busses--Padmore-Primary_17722692 IT was a joyous occasion for Padmore Primary School students, parents, and well-wishers, when they were declared winners of the Toyota Jamaica Bus Di School Competition on Thursday. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ram Goat Run is back! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ram-Goat-Run-is-back-_17716488 ATL Ram Goat Run, the inter-parish cross-country road challenge, is scheduled for November 1. And, according to organisers, it promises to be bigger and better than its inaugural staging last year. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 1/4-mile action on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/1-4-mile-action-on-Sunday_17716230 THE National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) will host the fourth event in its Nestlé Supligen Drag Challenge series at Vernamfield in Clarendon, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT ITA fees coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ITA-fees-coming_17720205 EIGHTY per cent of the fees paid by motorists for their certificate of fitness in the future will go to the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) to finance its increased responsibilities under the proposed new road traffic law. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sweet 16 for McConnell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Sweet-16-for-McConnell_17716408 SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Fraser McConnell drove himself into the record books, when he became the youngest-ever driver to win the championship segment of a national sprint series as he took victory at Sunday's RallySprint Finale, Bog Walk in St Catherine. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Truck deals boost US sales http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Truck-deals-boost-US-sales_17723081 DETROIT, USA (AP) — Big discounts on pickup trucks kept US auto sales strong in September. Local Auto Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH - Biker chicks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Biker-chicks_17662114 Bikefest, the adrenalin-fuelled, extreme sport, may have been a male-dominated event. However, that did not stop the ladies from turning out in large numbers at the National Arena in St Andrew, last Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Panton, Fennell Jr takes B'dos rally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Panton--Fennell-Jr-takes-B-dos-rally_17672200 THE pair of Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jr continue to prove their world-class worthiness as they took a commanding victory in the Motoring Club Barbados Inc's Williams Industries Rally of the Sun and Stars held recently. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Volkwagen wins 2014 commercial vehicle prize http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Volkwagen-wins-2014-commercial-vehicle-prize_17666656 MATTHIAS Wissmann, president of the VDA, presented the 2014 German Commercial Vehicles Prize to Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on Friday, 26 September at the IAA. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT New Road Traffic Bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-Road-Traffic-Bill_17671857 MATTERS relating to requirements for a motor vehicle to be operated on roads are addressed in clauses 7-20 of the new Road Traffic Bill, which is currently being reviewed by a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Toler takes it to them http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toler-takes-it-to-them_17666404 JESSE Toler proved why he's the holder of two motorcycle stunt world records at Bikefest at the National Arena in St Andrew on last Sunday. He fought the local off the contingent despite the home-court advantage to give the United States the victory over Jamaica. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Safety first http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Safety-first-_17666461 SAFETY first is the advice American stunt bike rider Jesse Toler offers to local bikers attempting to break into the world of high-level stunt riding. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT