T&T’s Golden Jubilee book features Motorsport, names icons

T&T’s Golden Jubilee book features Motorsport, names icons

Marking Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of our Independence, the Golden Jubilee Edition of “Trinidad & Tobago – Terrific and Tranquil” publication includes features of T&T as diverse as our many cultures. The one feature that stood out for us here at TriniTuner.com is of course Motorsport. This two page feature included photos of recent rally, karting and drag racing events as well as circuit racing in its heyday at Wallerfield in the 80’s. The major accomplishment for local motorsport in this publication however, is the recognition of Sheldon Bissessar in the list of “50 Exemplars and Icons of T&T”, a list populated by great icons such as Pat Bishop, Rudranath Capildeo and Brian Lara.

It is easy to identify with practically all of those chosen in this unique list. Those who have read our history will recognise the deserving persons, all of whom are literally household names in T&T.

In the accompanying article, local motorsport personalities are also mentioned. In Kart racing a photo featuring teenage kart champions Brandon Steele, Bridget Singh and Shane Pinheiro. For Rallying top drivers John Powell and Ainsley Lochan and in Circuit racing a near vintage photo of champions Gordon Gonzalves hot on the heels of the legendary Frankie Boodram.

In the last ten years we have seen serious efforts being made to publicise the top achievers in Motorsport with articles in the print and electronic media highlighting outstanding performances, especially those recorded at International Events. This obviously has played a big part in exposing alot of local drivers including Sheldon Bissessar, where today Sheldon’s exploits in Drag Racing have ensured recognition throughout the country and internationally. This played a significant part in his recent selection, along with John Powell, as this country’s Ambassadors to promote, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport and the National Road Safety Council, the FIA Decade of Action for Road Safety.

It is most encouraging to see this level of recognition for Motorsport locally and we applaud and thank the dedicated motorsport competitors who have represented our country in the past 50 years of Independence!

Below are extracts of the pages featuring Motorsport in the Golden Jubilee publication (copyright belongs to the publisher and authors)

Trinidad & Tobago Golden Jubilee Edition book

Exemplars and Icons of Trinidad & Tobago



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