Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | February 10, 2013
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Heelz N Wheelz moves to Stadium
The Dean Shaw '69 Camaro, which runs on methanol and puts 1,500hp to the asphalt, at the 2011 Heelz 'N Wheelz show in New Kingston.-PHOTO BY Mel Cooke
Super Street edition set for Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Heelz 'N Wheelz car show's 'Super Street' edition takes place in a new venue, the National Stadium's parking lot. It is not the first move for the display of well-turned-out rides put on by Orville Francis and Andrew Lee-Sing. Francis pointed out that Heelz 'N Wheelz started out in Portmore, then moved to the grounds of the Michi facility on Washington Boulevard, and then UDC's parking lot in New Kingston.

"We realise it is getting bigger and better every year," Francis said.

However, safety is a large part of the show, no matter the current size. As Francis said, "We do not promote street racing. We always say if you have a car of this magnitude, there is a time and place, and the street is not it," Francis said. When he speaks of vehicles of a certain magnitude, Francis is referring to the calibre of ride slated for this Super Street edition of Heelz 'N Wheelz.

"There are going to be sports cars, classic cars, off-road race cars, some really nice rides that are everyday rides," he said.

"There are some cars people probably did not know existed in Jamaica. They go back to the 1930s."

The event will give persons an opportunity to get close to the machines they have probably seen from afar, and the persons who drive them.

car maintenance

"People can talk to them, see how they get their cars to that stage. A lot of them are cars that have been in the island for a while. A lot of keeping a car in shape is about maintenance. For some people, it is their first, and they cherish it, so it is like a new car," Francis said.

Maintenance is key to winning any of the prizes up for grabs at the Super Street edition of Heelz 'N Wheelz. Among the categories are Best Interior, Best Rim and Tyres, Best Old School, Best Engine Bay, and Best Body Kit. Then there are the categories for different make vehicles, such as Best Honda, Best Toyota and Best Subaru, among others.

Super Street runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and while there won't be a competitive car audio segment, there will be drivers showing what their car audio systems can do.

Francis said that people turned out to Heelz 'N Wheelz because they love entertainment and noted that it was for all age groups.

"It will always be a family event. We have everything to suit a family," he said, noting that there will be an area for children at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

- Mel Cooke


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