Team Suzuki wins Bushy Park Racing 4 Kids charity event

Team Suzuki - Alan Bayne, Brent Murphy and Simon Willis – won the first Partners and Sponsors Karting Endurance Race at Bushy Park on December 5, with Willis also receiving the fastest lap award (27.173s) on the 0.41-kilometre Karting Experience circuit. Eleven teams contested the morning event, which was the first fund-raiser for the facility’s new charity, Bushy Park Racing 4 Kids.

Team C O Williams (Michael ‘Zippy’ Cummins, Dane and Roger Skeete) finished second, with Team Sol (Gerard Cox, Ezra Prescod, David Simpson) third. Team Glacial Ice (Justin St. John, Owen Taylor, Philip Blades) finished fourth, winning the best improvement award (from ninth on the grid), Malissa Brown (Team Cockspur) was the best female, while the best on-track battle was adjudged to have been between Dane Skeete and Sebastian Thompson, who also won the young driver award, after jumping in at the last minute to join Team Banks.

BPCI Business Development & Marketing Manager Zoe Manning said: “Bushy Park Racing 4 Kids will raise funds throughout each season for a wide variety of causes. We are delighted with the response we have had from our Partners and Sponsors, with Corporate Barbados coming together for our first charity event, to support and assist in raising funds which we will donate on this occasion to The Living Waters Community Food Bank Ministry, which feeds many in need across the island.” The other companies to field teams were Automotive Art, Digicel, ICBL, Infra Rentals, Massy United Insurance and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Living Water Community (LWC) is a lay community within the Roman Catholic Church, founded in Trinidad in 1975, with the mission “to love and to show the world how to love”. Over the years the community has spread to other Caribbean Islands, including Barbados, where it was established in 2003.

Marshals the focus of attention at Pig Roast Party

Marshals and volunteers who have given freely of their time at Bushy Park during the facility’s first full season were given a fulsome – and filling! – thank-you on December 13. The venue was busy for many hours, with the final Track Day of the season occupying the early part of the day, before the Karting Experience ran for three hours, marshals and volunteers enjoying complimentary sessions, with everyone else given a 25 per cent discount.

This was all rounded off with the End of Year Pig Roast Party in the Cafeteria, where food and beverages were enjoyed by all, including around 50 volunteers. BPCI Business Development & Marketing Manager Zoe Manning said: “It is important to show our appreciation for the tireless commitment to motor sport in Barbados of our marshals and other volunteers, and we were delighted that so many were able to attend. The after party, with table tennis and good camaraderie, was a great way to wrap the year. It ended with an official thank-you from Bushy Park, with Chief Marshal Roger Sargeant also saying a few words.”

Despite having a shortened format, the earlier Track Day had seen the best turn-out for the year, with 42 cars and nine bikes. Manning added: “This continues to be of growing interest and next year promises to draw an even larger crowd. There was a great atmosphere in the Pits, and we even had two of our partners and sponsors join in, Jeremy Foster of Banks sharing a car with his dad, Automotive Art’s Dereck Foster.”

Bushy Park working with the tourism industry

With the winter season now almost upon us, Bushy Park has been working hard in recent months to forge new relationships with stakeholders in the hotel and tourism industry. While BPCI is obviously keen to maintain the steady growth in uptake of the facility’s Driving Experiences, this relationship also provides the tourism industry with something new to offer visitors, and something unique in the Caribbean tourism portfolio . . . the thrill of a lifetime!

As part of this on-going programme, which also involves other hotels including Hilton, personnel from Sun Group Hotels enjoyed a familiarisation visit to Bushy Park at the end of November. With hotels on both the south coast (Savannah Beach, Time Out, Worthing Court) and west coast (Almond Beach, Sugar Cane Club), Sun Group is well placed to promote Bushy Park’s Driving Experiences.

Sun Group’s party enjoyed the Karting Experience first-hand, along with a tour of the facility. All three Driving Experiences – Karting, Suzuki Swift and Radical – are now being promoted directly to overseas visitors, alongside more traditional island attractions, such as Harrison’s Cave and the Oistins Fish Fry.

BKA celebrates winners and rewards volunteers

Members of the Barbados Karting Association (BKA) gathered at Bushy Park on December 12 to celebrate the achievements of their 2015 Champions and to reward the invaluable work of the BKA’s volunteer marshals and officials. Nicholas Gill claimed his third BKA Champion Driver title - he won the 2013 and ’14 seasons, which were shortened by the redevelopment – and will enjoy a trip for two on Tiami Cruises.

The 10 rounds of the 2015 Frutee/Chefette Championship had attracted record numbers of approaching 60 karters, assisted by the introduction of the Easykart 60, 100 and 125 classes, larger grids also promoting even more competitive racing. Second Season Champions also received their awards during the evening, while other winners were: Rico Alkins (Most Improved Driver), Jason Kirton (Fastest Lap Time - 47.383s; the Exotic Blooms of Barbados Trophy) and Kyffin Simpson (Rookie of the Year).

In addition to trophies, awardees received a wide range of prizes and vouchers from Automotive Art, Bio-Beauty, Bushy Park Circuit Inc, Chefette Restaurants, 4ever Young, Hilti Tools (H & B Hardware, Williams Equipment), Jammin’ Catamaran Cruises, Jolly Roger, Natz’ Home Furnishings, NKM Clothing, Opa and Sol Barbados.

Champion Driver & Yamaha 310 Champion – Nicholas Gill (885pts)

Overall Champions: X30 125 – Christian Hinds (810pts); Easy Kart 125 - Mark Thompson (616pts); 125 Shifter - Kevon Griffith (268pts); Easy Kart 100cc - Zane Maloney (836pts); Easy Kart 60cc - Kyffin Simpson (717pts)

Second Season Champions: X30 125 – Hinds (429pts); Easy Kart 125 – Arron Parris (346pts); 125 Shifter - Griffith (176pts); Yamaha 310 – Gill (496pts); Easy Kart 100cc - Maloney (456pts); Easy Kart 60cc - Simpson (398pts)

Marshals Awards: Rodney Barrow, Carl Bedford, Michael Broomes, Lascelles Davis, Roland Gilkes, Mervin Holder, Gilbert Kellman, Selwyn Maloney, Stephen Roach, David Russell and Robert Springer

Appreciation Awards: Peter Alleyne, Richard Daniel, Colin Goodman, Don Hunte, Natalie Maloney, Steven Moore, Nicole Nicholls, David Reece, Sue Rogers and Kurt Seabra

Q: last-minute present panic? A: Bushy Park Gift Card!

OK, guys, admit it . . . there are still a few last-minute stocking-fillers that you’re searching for! Bushy Park has the answer – a Bushy Park Gift Card. Introduced earlier this month, they are available in $25, $50 or $100 values . . . and they can be 'topped up', too! Call us and place your order . . . they can be used towards our Driving Experiences, so you can help a friend or relative enjoy the thrill of a lifetime at Bushy Park.

There will be a Bushy Park stall at the Limegrove Christmas Craft Fair in Holetown on Saturday (December 19) – you can give a gift of a Driving Experience to your nearest and dearest, also learn more about Bushy Park Barbados. If you’re not going to be in St James on Saturday, then you can still go on-line and print the voucher in the comfort of your own home.

Call 256-0114 or email today!!
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