A full-page article appeared in (Bahamas newspaper) The Tribune last Friday (31 August). Too long to reproduce in its entirety, we nevertheless wanted to share this important piece of news with you.
With less than three months to go before the familiar cry of “Gentlemen start your engines”, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis threw the Government’s support behind Bahamas Speed Week and pledged to accelerate improvements to the site of the prestigious event at Arawak Cay.
Mr Davis, who is also Minister of Works and Urban Development, met with the media, toured the site in a 1970 Jaguar E-Type and revealed the Government’s hopes to widen roads, improve landscaping and help transform the area of West Bay Street known as Fish Fry where, come late November, some of the world’s most exotic cars will gather as Bahamas Speed Week 2012 gets set to take off.
“On behalf of my Government, I would like to say that we fully Support Bahamas Speed Week and recognize the value that Speed Week represents, including tremendous international exposure………and what it can mean to the country as a whole” said Mr Davis.
Mr Davis arrived in suit and tie but shed his jacket to ride in the E-Type with Speed Week President Jimmie Lowe.
Mr Lowe and other members of the Bahamas-based organizing team spent several hours with a team from the Ministry of Works prior to the Minister’s arrival at Arawak Cay, walking the fully length of the cay, identifying specific needs. Topping the wish list is widening the paving to allow for actual racing instead of time trials. “We are looking at widening the paving to allow for side-by-side racing and that’s when it gets really exciting” said Mr Davis, talking to the media as if he were preparing to announce the next series of racing cars.
In addition to the Ministry of Works, other Government departments are working to make events like Speed Week a reality, none more so than the Ministry of Tourism.
Director of Sports Tourism, Tyrone Sawyer, reiterated his ministry’s commitment “The Ministry of Tourism has an unflinching commitment to Bahamas Speed Week” said Mr Sawyer. “It is one of the premier events in the calendar year and we are very happy to support it in every way we can.”