Brathwaite, Chang Honda reps
Former?Motoring Club Barbados Inc. champion driver Jamal Brathwaite and top Caribbean female circuit racer Jamaican, Natasha “China Dolly” Chang will be brand ambassadors for Honda through their agents in Barbados, Platinum Motors.
The announcement was made by company chairman Peter Harris last Wednesday during a ceremony at its Bay Street headquarters.
Brathwaite, who was among the starters in the recently held Sol Rally Barbados, is the 2011 Motoring Club Barbados champion driver and Chang, thanked the automobile company for the accreditation and said they would be going out to give of their best for themselves and the company.
Both are competing in Honda cars at the Digicel Williams International Race meet, featuring round one of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Racing Championship (CMRC), which started at Bushy Park yesterday.
Whereas New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour competed on the shorter Red Bull Global Rallycross circuit in her Hyundai Veloster during Top Gear Festival Barbados in May, Chang is the first woman to race on the full two-kilometre circuit at the redeveloped St Philip facility.
The Jamaican will be at the wheel of a hi-tech 1.8-litre Honda Civic in the Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s (BPMSI) SuperModified 1 class, where she will face experienced Barbadian aces Sammy Cumberbatch in a BMW M3 and Steve King in the Percy King Autos Nissan Skyline, while Brathwaite will be contesting the Barbados Rally Club Challenge.
Harris said Platinum Motors was pleased to be associated with the two drivers noting they fit well with the “Honda Experience” and that they have joined in a worldwide mission by the Japanese automaker in the effort to supply the highest quality products at reasonable prices to customers.
Platinum Motors is the successor to M.G. Tucker & Co for Honda vehicles, and Harris said the company would be operating a full-service garage, giving customers a one-stop shop for servicing and repairs.
“Going forward, a purchase from Platinum Motors would be based not only the reputation for safety and reliability, but that the price is right,” Harris explained.
He said continuity to the operation and also to the public had been maintained. He added that some of the staff from the new company would reintroduce the Honda Civic, Fitt, and CRV and unveil the HRV.
“The brand will soon take its rightful place in the Barbadian marketplace,” Harris said.