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 Cripps leading ATL Auto's march http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Cripps-leading-ATL-Auto-s-march_18117302 AS a young man, Matthew Cripps enlisted in The British Royal Tank Regiment: he wanted to see the world. After six years, he traded in his military fatigues for corporate suits and embarked on a career in the auto industry. Local Auto Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Wet end to drag season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Wet-end-to-drag-season_18119879 THE promise of immense competition at Sunday's National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Nestlé Supligen Drag Challenge #5 was thwarted by Mother Nature's wrath as rain descended upon the venue, Vernamfield in Clarendon. Local Auto Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Fun times in Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Fun-times-in-Barbados_18123816 THERE was nothing but praise from the Jamaican pair of Douglas Gore and Jeffery Panton who represented their country at the Race of Champions (ROC) 2014, Bushy Park, Barbados, last weekend. Local Auto Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Today is 'Pump Watch Day' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Today-is--Pump-Watch-Day-_18118459 ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closely monitor price movements at the island's petrol stations. Local News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Crash! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Crash-_18117086 This truck and taxi collided at the Half-Way-Tree Road/Beechwood Avenue intersection in Kingston 5 on Tuesday night. The driver and passengers of the motor car were reportedly taken to hospital but it was not clear what was their condition. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Skunk Nation takes a stance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Skunk-Nation-takes-a-stance_18082701 KINGSTON-BASED car club Skunk Nation will once again hold its annual charity event, Stancing for the Kidz, at the Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Gas Station in St Andrew on Saturday night. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Fatalities speed pass 300 mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Fatalities-speed-pass-300-mark_18088649 FOR a second consecutive year, the road fatalities speed pass the 300 mark. Toll currently stands at 303. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Drag season ends Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Drag-season-ends-Sunday_18082702 Nestlé Supligen Drag Challenge number 5, put on by the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) and scheduled for December 14 at Vernamfield in Clarendon, is sure to be an action-packed finale to the drag racing season. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT ATL Automotive hosts model year-end sale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-Automotive-hosts-model-year-end-sale-_18092187 ATL Automotive Limited has joined forces with First Heritage Co-operative (FHC) Credit Union to deliver the perfect trifecta to car buyers this Christmas. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Jackson waits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jackson-waits_18094218 After pleading his case at a steward's meeting on Wednesday, December 3, driver Joel Jackson awaits the decision that could see him named overall winner of Rally Jamaica 2014, which was staged from November 22 to 23. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Jamaicans ready for ROC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jamaicans-ready-for-ROC_18091993 JAMAICAN drivers Jeffrey Panton and Doug 'Hollywood' Gore will be in action this weekend, December 13 -- 14, at the Race of Champions (ROC) to be held at Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT New head for Rent-A-Car board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-head-for-Rent-A-Car-board_18080596 WILLIAM McCalla of Caribbean Car Rentals has been elected the new president of the Jamaica Rent-A-Car Association. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Road code http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-code_18089777 Dear Editor, Local Letters to the Editor Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH - THE ADA ON SHOW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/THE-ADA-ON-SHOW_18089179 The National Area was transformed into a motor vehicle mecca with the recent staging of the Automobile Dealers' Association Motor Show. Local Auto Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT NWA starts hot mix patching in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/NWA-starts-hot-mix-patching-in-St-Elizabeth_18092486 The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced hot-mix patching on roads in sections of St Elizabeth. Local News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Road Safety Unit makes appeal to motorcyclists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-Safety-Unit-makes-appeal-to-motorcyclists_18085452 The Road Safety Unit has again appealed to motorcyclists and pillion passengers to wear helmets to protect themselves from injury and/or death in the event of a collision. Local Auto Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Sandy Bay accident http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Sandy-Bay-accident_18082562 TWO policemen escaped serious injury when their patrol car collided with a water truck in Sandy Bay, Clarendon about 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. "I was at the shop purchasing something when I heard the loud crash [and] when I looked out I saw the police vehicle under the truck," said one woman. Here police carry out investigations at the crash scene. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Auto Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT VW Caddy is Small Van of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/VW-Caddy-is-Small-Van-of-the-Year_18025772 MILTON Keynes — Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles highly versatile Caddy has scooped the Small Van of the Year honour at the recent Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) awards. Voted for exclusively by ACFO members, the highly respected awards reflect the day-to-day operational experience and expertise of fleet decision-makers. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Rain dents show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rain-dents-show_18059032 DESPITE the inclement weather, Kent LaCroix — chairman of the Automotive Dealers' Association (ADA) -- feels the three-day ADA Motor Show held at the National Arena in St Andrew last weekend delivered on its promise. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Karting closes on a high note http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/KARTING-CLOSES-ON-A-HIGH-NOTE_18058636 THE Jamaica Karting Association's (JKA's) 2014 season came to an exciting end with the Abe Ziadie Memorial Meet at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT KIG adds Jeep to its line-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/KIG-adds-Jeep-to-its-line-up_18061864 ADDING the brand to its line-up two weeks ago, the Spanish Town Road-based Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) rolled out its full complement of Jeep vehicles at the ADA Motor Show at the National Arena, St Andrew, last weekend. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT ADA motorshow fails to sparkle, some dealers say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ADA-motorshow-fails-to-sparkle--some-dealers-say_18063056 WITH heavy rains pelting ominously last Friday, Automobile Dealers Association (ADA) Chairman Ken LaCroix was inside the National Arena promising attendees a motorshow "no less than...the huge success" of the last one in 2012. Local News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Exercise care on the road — police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Exercise-care-on-the-road---police_18058864 HEAD of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, is appealing to pedestrians to exercise greater care on the nation's roads. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: ADA all the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ADA-all-the-way_18058997 The National Arena in St Andrew was transformed into an automotive mecca with the Auto Dealers Association 2014 Motor Show last weekend. Despite the rains, the event brought out the best the dealers had to offer as well as adoring female patrons. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Triple treat for Whittingham http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Triple-treat-for-Whittingham_18058041 FRESH from his sizzling performance in October taking the Tru-Juice RallySprint title, Montegonian Maurice Whittingham secured the 2014 Driver's Rallysport Club (DRC) Rallysport Championship title at Bog Walk in St Catherine, recently. Local Auto Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT