Nevis? Drag Racing track – said to be the best in the Caribbean – draws foreign interests

MP for the Nevisian constituency of St. Paul?s, Robelto Hector, described the drag racing track under construction at New River, as one that can meet international standards and be ranked among the best in the Caribbean. The track is earmarked for completion by the end of this month.

The Nevisian Cabinet Minister said although the project was a campaign promise, it’s also designed to remove racing from the streets of Nevis into a safer environment, to provide employment and to expand on the island?s tourism product.

Hector disclosed the first major event will be kept on Nevis’ Independence Day of September 19 and so far a number of neighbouring islands involved in the sport, had been invited to view the facility which was still under construction.

?We have [invited] Antigua, St. Croix and … we [just] had a visitor from St. Maarten, a member of the Racing Association there, to guide us in terms of the implications and the necessary infrastructure and improvements that we would want,? he said.

Meantime, representative from the St. Maarten Sports Foundation Mr. Henry Ellis says he was pleasantly surprised to see the magnitude of the track.

President of the BVI Motor Sports Association, Mr. Anthony deCastro, expressed his delight with the track and registered his association?s intention to participate in promote the September 19th event throughout the motor sports community in the Caribbean.

The BVI Motor Sports Association President said they would advertise Nevis as a drag racing destination, how to get to the island and places to stay for the races in September.

Mr. deCastro also praised the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) for its decision to invest in a drag racing track. He said there was a stable race track in St. Croix and a major one in Santo Domingo but St. Maarten had none. In Antigua he said the drag races took place on private lands which were always controversial.

Mr. deCastro told the media there that drag racing is a relatively safe sport with many precautions and restrictions. In his view, it’s safer to race on the track than many of the other daily activities that the average Nevisian gets involved in.

The track is being constructed in keeping with international safety specifications in relation to the sport of Drag Racing by Surrey Paving and Aggregate Ltd., a Jamaican based company. The firm had also been contracted by the NIA to construct a number of major roads on the island in the last two years.

The Nevis Drag Racing Association headed by President Mr. Vaughn Anslyn, had been involved in every step of the project, including the preparatory work for the premier race in September. To raise awareness of the sport the group took part in the Culturama Street Parade and will host a show at the Cultural Complex later this month.

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