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Arima Grand Prix postponed AGAIN!

Posted By: Rawle Mahabir15/06/11No Comments;
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Arima Grand Prix postponed AGAIN!

The Arima Grand Prix.

After numerous attempts to get Police approval for the staging of this Event, we have been advised that no permission can be granted, since by doing so, the Police will be permitting us to speed on the road and thus break the Speed Limit.

Our apologies for all who have patiently waited for the staging of this event, and for all the inconveniences caused, especially those who spent so much time effort energy and money to prepare their cars; not forgetting changing schedules to be able to participate.

Please call one of the following to arrange for refund – the original
receipt must be presented.
Jameer at 680-2058, Rawle at 680-8020, Brian at 767-5135.

30 Responses to “Arima Grand Prix postponed AGAIN!”

  1. User avatar

    Garrett Inside

    Jun 15th, 2011

    that ent sounding like postponed nah, that sounding like never.

    What the opinion of our goodly minister of sports, i thought this was his brainchild?

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    Duane 3NE 2NR

    Jun 15th, 2011

    Rawle, did you apply to use the road in the first application? I remember you said the reason given for the first refusal at Easter was that the residents were being blocked in.

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    AutoSport

    Jun 15th, 2011

    Our first and all subsequent applications clearly stated…

    "Request for Permission to Stage a Racing Event
    On the Roadway West and South of the Larry Gomes Stadium

    We are seeking permission on the staging of a Motor Racing Event in Arima, on the roadway, West and South of the Larry Gomes Stadium, on Sunday 24th April, 2011. "

    From our first application, dated 21st March, we clearly stated that the event will be run on the road to the West and South of the LG Stadium. The first refusal was allegedly because we were blocking in some residents. This was clearly shown to be inaccurate.

    Our second application was made on 28th April. This was delayed until one week before the new date of 22nd May. We stated that if we did not receive approval the week before the event, then we may have to again change the date. The Report sent back from Malabar to the Tunapuna office, indicated that we were no longer interested in staging the Event.

    We put in a third application on 24th May, for the 19th June. This time we were questioned at length re the type of racing, and this was thoroughly explained. The report sent back indicated we were staging a Drag Racing Event!

    We again appealed this and finally got a meeting on Monday 13th June, with the ACP NE, the one who can approve or disapprove. After explaining all the different things we had planned, the safety being the best of any road event ever staged, we were given the incredible response indicated in the first release.

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    worksux101

    Jun 16th, 2011

    I hope the minister steps in and throws in his 2c…
    Motorsports in trinidad is hitting one pothole after another, and unfortunately those that are making an effort are going to get more and more disheartened…

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    SR

    Jun 16th, 2011

    doesnt this contradict the "south grand prix"

    precedence has already been set for "permission to speed" on the road

    as well as rally displays in chaguanas

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    lighthammer

    Jun 16th, 2011

    Easiest solution – move to another borough!
    (esp. one with less ignorant officials – cuz clearly Rawle saying one thing, and then middle-men saying another to their superiors).

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    wagon r

    Jun 16th, 2011

    clearly the Police in charge in Malabar, writes and reports for the Express newspaper….

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    AutoSport

    Jun 16th, 2011

    Actually when we indicate the reason for the refusal to anyone who inquires, the first response is …
    What about the SFGP?
    What about the Saith Park Rally stage?

    These two recent events were brought to the attention of the authorities.
    They asked for and were supplied with the course layouts for these two events.

    And then we raised this scenario, and this also was handed over in writing…..

    "We have spent a lot of time and resources in planning this Event, and I categorically state that this will be the safest Motor Sport Event ever staged in Trinidad and Tobago, since ALL of the spectators will be confined to the precincts of the Larry Gomes Stadium. And we were also planning to use this event to launch the Road Safety Rally, carded for July, being planned in conjunction with Arrive Alive.

    As previously stated, this is our attempt to bring Motor Sport to the people of Arima who would not normally go to an event, and who cannot even go to a Motor Racing Event today because of the absence of a permanent Motor Racing Facility. Not forgetting our special invitation to the children from the special schools in the area, who will be coming as our special guests.

    I make reference to our application for use of approximately ONE kilometer of roadway for this event, in an area that will cause minimal disruption to road users since there are alternate roads that can easily be accessed.

    And this compared to what was just staged in Barbados on the weekend of 4th – 5th June, where:
    (a) Well over 100 kilometres of public roads was used for their Rally Barbados.
    (b) Over 20 foreign cars from Europe came into the island for the event.
    (c) This caused hundreds of European tourists to come to the island.
    (d) And International Media to come to Barbados.
    (e) And hundreds more from the Caribbean.
    (f) Eventually bringing in millions of dollars in foreign exchange to the country.

    What we are trying to do is but a small step to hopefully re-launch the development of International Racing which was so big back in the 70’s and 80’s. What we are trying to do is not to reinvent the wheel but do what is so common in many big cities around the world – Long Beach, California, Miami, Monaco, Australia, Canada.

    And we are trying to do this on a very limited scale in this instance."

    In spite of all these nice arguments, Sorry, can’t allow yuh to break the Speed Limit!

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    speedy007

    Jun 16th, 2011

    Seems like the Speed Limit is only being enforced in Arima. Chaguanas and San Fernando didn’t have any enforced on the day of there respective events.

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    southside crew

    Jun 16th, 2011

    worksux101 wrote:
    I hope the minister steps in and throws in his 2c…

    ^ Main problem.. he too busy with other PRESSING matters.. 1 Yr later he can’t fulfill his promise .. now he wants to be leader and get support? … HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    MANIAC

    Jun 16th, 2011

    Rawle,
    I honestly dont know how you not running outta patience after all what you constantly do to try and ensure Motorsports is kept alive in Trinidad … The powers in this country is highly disturbing … one step forward … 20 steps backward !!! .. so sad …. !!!

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    W2J

    Jun 16th, 2011

    speedy007 wrote:
    Seems like the Speed Limit is only being enforced in Arima. Chaguanas and San Fernando didn’t have any enforced on the day of there respective events.

    note to self "do not speed when or around Arima"

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    Duane 3NE 2NR

    Jun 16th, 2011

    MANIAC wrote:
    highly disturbing … one step forward … 20 steps backward !!!

    at 80Km/hr on the highway

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    Computerman

    Jun 16th, 2011

    AutoSport wrote:
    In spite of all these nice arguments, Sorry, can’t allow yuh to break the Speed Limit!

    They are responding the only way they know, colonial police mentality. Ignorance truly is bliss.

    southside crew wrote:
    worksux101 wrote:
    I hope the minister steps in and throws in his 2c…

    ^ Main problem.. he too busy with other PRESSING matters.. 1 Yr later he can’t fulfill his promise .. now he wants to be leader and get support? … HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    His days as a politician are numbered and he is destroying what little credibility he entered into parliament with!

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    AutoSport

    Jun 16th, 2011

    MANIAC wrote:
    Rawle,
    I honestly dont know how you not running outta patience after all what you constantly do to try and ensure Motorsports is kept alive in Trinidad … The powers in this country is highly disturbing … one step forward … 20 steps backward !!! .. so sad …. !!!

    When one has a positive outlook on things, and especially when one knows all of the factors that have contributed to this situation, I have no choice but to dig in and go for the jugular.

    At times, part of the strategy is to keep quiet as you move forward.

    Any body notice the different responses on each occasion, and I will again state that several prominent persons in authority were approached, and in every instance the assurance was given to them that permission will be granted and then…..NO!

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    Team Loco

    Jun 16th, 2011

    i did pay to enter this event. however i will not seek a refund since i know the time, effort and wasted energy these organisers have put in to get this going.

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    Type Rated

    Jun 17th, 2011

    Rawle….. time to back them into a corner!!!!!

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    AutoSport

    Jun 17th, 2011

    ^^ They are already in the corner. Just biding my time for more self-destructing moves to be made. And the relevant information already passed on to the authorities.

    The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference-Bess Myerson
    DEO VINDICE! = GOD Will Vindicate!

    And I have no intention of keeping quite when I see blatant corruption trying to destroy Motor Sport.

    Team Loco, thanks for your mature outlook and support.

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    warren654

    Jun 17th, 2011

    so why they doh try to keep it in chag

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    X2

    Jun 17th, 2011

    sounds like it hit a light pole, not a pot hole…

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    AutoSport

    Jun 17th, 2011

    T&T application for use of approximately ONE kilometer of roadway – NO!

    Barbados use of over 100km of Bajan roads encouraged 87 crews from 14 nations, including the host country……

    Are we really serious about developing a Motor Sport Industry in T&T.

    We have to root out the evil ones who continue to destroy Motor Sport in his country.

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    THE_FUGITIVES

    Jun 17th, 2011

    I shouldnt be saying this but why isnt those individuals who is causing us to not get a track/positive influence on motorsport be the ones to end up in a freak accident on the highway in a bus/van instead of innocent people , cause of accident> some guys was drag racing cause they dont have a track, lost control and end up on the oppsite lane

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    Duane 3NE 2NR

    Jun 18th, 2011

    ^ I don’t think we should be thinking that way of anyone, especially over a race track

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    cornfused

    Jun 18th, 2011

    Ignorance is bliss , one km , this is quite ridiculous , do different laws apply at different times and geographical locations in Trinidad ?

    As i said before this situation smells of something like supposedly big men trying to hold on to their one and only control of dial up internet while other islands with much less resources but more mature motorsport persons has the equivalent of broadband .

    Well done , you’ll be here forever

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    link

    Jun 19th, 2011

    cornfused wrote:
    Ignorance is bliss , one km , this is quite ridiculous , do different laws apply at different times and geographical locations in Trinidad ?

    As i said before this situation smells of something like supposedly big men trying to hold on to their one and only control of dial up internet while other islands with much less resources but more mature motorsport persons has the equivalent of broadband .

    Well done , you’ll be here forever

    :?
    yr really "cornfused"……………
    what has TSTT got to do with this :?: :P

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    MG Man

    Jun 19th, 2011

    Team Loco wrote:
    i did pay to enter this event. however i will not seek a refund since i know the time, effort and wasted energy these organisers have put in to get this going.

    same here

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    mafia-boss

    Jun 20th, 2011

    I say is bout time we take a stand against this regime cuz we jus getting a set a run around when it comes to motorsport , i say we have to do this for ourselves cuz all the governing bodies jus studying bout dey pocket & not about we the racers & supporters of this sport .Come on we have to get serious about things like this otherwise racing dead.

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    sparky

    Jun 20th, 2011

    There thirty cars waiting to go Grenada to race. The way i see it is like this,go Grenada three times a year to race and cool it

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    Duane 3NE 2NR

    Jun 20th, 2011

    ^ any plans to go to Curacao or Aruba?

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    THE_FUGITIVES

    Jun 20th, 2011

    Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
    ^ any plans to go to Curacao or Aruba?

    id like to see his car anywhere that has a good hooking track, big fan

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