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Bajans Bring Home Gold
From the Spring Break Nationals at Daytona Beach, Florida
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Ian Inniss

Let me first start out by saying that any body knowing Ian Inniss from the early years would know that I have always had vehicles that were different. The car show fever is just hitting the island and causing men to pay attention to their cars but for me that has always been my life style, what started as a hobby has now become my very lively hood, and I enjoy my work immensely.

I must say that getting close to vehicles like Alma Gates monster truck with all that Kicker equipment after reading about her all these years was a real pleasure. One would think that a woman of her reputation as a winner with all her money and influence would have been a snob. In fact she was charming, she took time to talk, her crew was helpful in fact when we had problems in getting the cars off the truck they came over and helped, they lent me tools when nobody else would, it was just great to be around people like that. I say all of that to say that the childish behavior that we sometimes get involved with on our circuit was not here among this team , their attitude their warmth was real and it kept going all through the show. Every time I met them it was with a hug or hand shake or both and to me that's what this business should be all about. Sure its competition but one of the aspects that was raised at a meeting that was held before the show is that we need to bring the fun back into competition. They now have very strict rules about having your car open while its on show because of people who in previous years would have their cars locked, what was the point of bringing it to a show if its locked up.

We were honoured to represent our country, it was a good feeling telling someone about Barbados who had not heard of your island before and people were blown away when they heard how far we had come from. Espn and quite a few popular magazines interviewed us, we met the CEO of huge manufactures like Kicker Street Glow and JL among a few who expressed interest in getting their lines going on the island, who knows what could come out of these events in the future. It was hard tough competition but most of all it was great learning experience, the kind of planning and organisation that goes into producing a show of that nature takes six months and I must say that everything went according to the schedule and not one hitch that I could recall. Wining first prize in my sound off category was quite a reward for all my hard work. I want to say a special thank you to my wife and daughter Jasmine, she makes all the difference in my life. The immediate Street Vibes crew who have stuck with me through all the long hours and many all nighters like nobody can. They have been my source of inspiration to get better all the time, in fact when the car comes home after this trip we are going to do a complete overhaul and make more improvements, and believe me they are rearing to go. Nic Harrison at the Checkered Flag Car Shop, his enthusiasm is un-ending and without his hard work behind the scenes none of this would have happened. Mr. Shawn Gibbs from Tropical Shipping whose team went all out with great service to make sure that the cars got there on time and safely, Mr. Cedric Haynes from Banks who helped finance the entire trip. Then there are the people who played a huge part in creating the finish product that is Street Vibes today, Mr Andrew Sargeant from Illusion graphics, a special thanks goes out to Jerry(Gizmo) for all his long hours there. My body and paint worker Kevin Bailey from Baileys workshop in Eastlyn St. George. My fibre Glass guy Dave(Chilli) Clarke from DcAerostyling in St. Philip. And last but not least the guy who did that incredible stitching of my leather Mr.Tyronne Tudor from Tudors upholstery in Spooners Hill. My very best fiend who lives all the way in Boston who sent me all the cool stuff I needed when it seemed impossible to get it from any where else, my leather and my neon lights, thanks AL you are the greatest.

To all those guys out there who thought we could not do it, well guess what? We did. For my fellow team members who were in Daytona beach for Spring Break, congrats to Charles for his placing fourth, we did very well and I look forward to going back again to represent my country and do even better. Lets make a new mark in the states on that is Blue and yellow with a broken trident in the middle.


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