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Sol salutes Sheriff


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Sol salutes Sheriff

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HE is the most decorated law-abiding driver in the country and yesterday, his primary sponsors, Sol, treated champion Roger “The Sheriff” Skeete to a memorable victory lap motorcade.
 Skeete and co-driver Louis Venezia delivered yet another Sol Rally Barbados last weekend and for more than six hours, the two men got the chance to salute their fans atop a Sol music truck.
“The feeling is euphoric. It really is an incredible occasion and I feel really blessed to be here to enjoy the moment. It’s been plenty of hard work all the way, winning 13 times in 25 appearances.
“I?am a St Peter man. The motorcade couldn’t have started at a better point. I have plenty of supporters down here to take care of. It is also to have the trophy stay here. It was two years of agony, so it is great to put it right and have the trophy back in Barbados,” said a beaming Skeete, shortly after the motorcade began at Sol Speightstown, not far away from his hometown in Mount Brevitor.
Venezia, 47, who is of Italian ancestry, told SUNSPORT, he was delighted to be part of the motorcade, adding that he would like to extend the pair’s winning streak.
 Skeete and Venezia, to the music strains of Alpha Sounds and DJ Kirk Brown, waved to fans along the West Coast – areas such as The Garden, Porters, Folkestone, Trents, Holetown, Paynes Bay and Prospect – before the motorcade made its way up University Hill en route to the first stop at Sol Redmans service station.
Fans in Spooners Hill, Tudor Bridge, Bank Hall, Harmony Hall, Tweedside Road, Pine Road, Beckles Road, Wildey and finally at Warrens, got the chance to salute the Sheriff.
Former top Barbados football striker Jerry Goddard waved his hands at Tweedside Road while former champion Rally driver Richard Cummins and pro boxer, Miguel “Hands of Stone”?Antoine, were on hand at Sol Banyans on Bay Street to mingle with Skeete.
Cummins, a three-time winner of the June Rally in tandem with Richard Rose, showed up with his wife, Janet, and grand-children Kai and Callum. Both he and Antoine congratulated the Sheriff.
 

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