Revving for a solution

Various entities, including the Cayman Hot Rod and Motocross Associations, gathered Thursday, 26 April, to survey the site of a proposed off-road racing facility.

Joining the motor sports bodies were representatives from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, HM Customs, and the Youth Services Unit.

The meeting marked another step forward in finding a community-based solution to the issue of non-street legal motorbikes being ridden on Cayman’s public roads.

“While this is just an early step, we are excited to be making progress in the creation of this facility, which we envision will provide an outlet for motorcycle enthusiasts who do not have anywhere to legally ride,” said James Myles, President of the Cayman Islands Motocross Association. “We are especially grateful for the support of our partners in the RCIPS, Customs, and the wider community.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Kurt Walton; CIG Youth Coordinator and President of the Cayman Motocross Association James Myles; Joe Myrie and Billy Ebanks of the Cayman Hot Rod Association; Deputy Collector of Customs Marlon Bodden; Cecil Walton Jr of the Cayman Hot Rod Association; Inspector Courtney Myles; Chief Inspector Everton Spence.

RCIPS Deputy Commissioner Kurt Walton said police will enforce the law for those who choose to ride on public roads illegally, “but we also know that there are many who have expressed an interest in a proper facility where they can ride without breaking the law. We are in support of any initiative aimed at providing enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy their hobby responsibly.”

The officials also viewed plans for the proposed site, which includes an off-road course for dirt bikes, a multipurpose concrete pad for stunt bike riding, a quarter mile strip for drag racing, and a circuit racing track.

“Now that the Government is finalising the lease of the land and we have drafted the plans, the next step is completing the clearing of the land and then beginning construction of Phase One of the project. We are reaching out to the business community for the needed funds to develop this long-awaited facility,” added Myles.


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