New cars to light up Dover

first_img THUNDERSPORT 2 Meanwhile, the big warriors will go hard in Thundersport 2: Douglas ‘Hollywood’ Gore will renew rivalry with, Kyle ‘Speedy’ Gregg. There is no love lost between the two, and the match-up of Gore’s Audi TT DTM and Gregg’s Radical RXC promises to be epic. David Summerbell is promising that he will have a lot to say and is hoping to get past his reliability issues from last year. Captain Mark Carey is returning to Dover with a Mitsubishi Mivec. Chris Campbell and Peter Rae say they are ready and arriving from will be Trinidad Kristian Boodoosingh. There will be a total of 10 car races and drivers will cover between 5 and 7 laps for a total of 82 laps. The bike racing promises to be thrilling as four of the Class B riders including Class B Champion Mario Woon will move up to Class A to give Kyle Reynolds some intense competition. There will be four bike races covering six laps each. First race starts at 10.30 a.m. and the final race roars off at 3:45 p.m. neville.graham@gleanerjm.com Dover Raceway St Ann comes alive on Easter Monday with Total Lubricants Carnival of Speed. President of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club Monique Gibbs is promising that those who make the journey will be rewarded with fast-paced action, keen tussles, bruising wheel-to-wheel competition, and drivers promising to leave it all out on the track. “I can tell you, the drivers will be going all out on Monday. We’ve set up a packed schedule and already we can report that the grids will be full. Some veterans that we’ve not seen in a long time have got new cars and are ready to go, while the young guns will be blazing,” Gibbs said. The Modified Production (MP) Class will be the one to watch at the Dover Carnival of Speed. The young guns will go head to head in MP2 as reigning 2016 Series Champion Fraser ‘Frazz’ McConnell took a break from school in Canada just to step into his new ride. He brings his new TruJuice Honda Civic crew chief and father Peter ‘Pops’ McConnell says both car and driver will deliver. “It’s all specced out for MP2, so that will see Frazz stepping up in class out of the bracket racing. The car has been immaculately prepared by the Moodie team at NG (New Generation) Racing and Frazz will be ready since he’ll be getting in some seat time by practicing Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Pops McConnell reported. Frazz McConnell will match up against long time friend and teammate William ‘Wings’ Myers in a similarly prepared Honda Civic. The silky-smooth and skilful driving style of McConnell should be a foil to the determined, never-say-die style of Myers. The contest should be worth going miles to see. Pops McConnell is likening the match-up to Formula 1. “Both are very good friends and teammates, but they are also competitors. We have our own version of (Nico) Rosberg and Lewis (Hamilton), two great drivers, two good cars on the same team. It should be interesting,” McConnell said. In the modified Production Class 1, Colin Daley makes his entry to circuit racing. He is moving from go-karting to match up against MP1 champion Nicholas Barnes.last_img read more

Veteran leaves patriotic legacy

first_imgJenkins left high school against his father’s wishes to join his brother at war in Europe and was stationed in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, where he drove a lieutenant general and even once chauffeured Gen. George S. Patton. Jenkins met Dwight D. Eisenhower during the war, and came to see the war from the viewpoint of those who orchestrated it, as he shuttled others to view the troops. He also put his driving skills to use by carrying messages while being fired upon. “Commanders sent him out with a tear in their eye every time because there was a high probability he wouldn’t come back,” Donald A. Jenkins said. His father received three stars for serving in battle, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was then placed on a ship and he believed he would return home as he sailed across the Atlantic, but instead sailed through the Panama Canal to the Philippines. There he prepared to storm the beaches of Japan in case of a full invasion. The operation was likely to mean death, but mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved his life, his family said. It also gave him the opportunity to again watch history in the making while aboard the USS Missouri. “He did see Hirohito and he did see the surrender and all of that,” Jenkins’ son said. Jenkins’ war legacy would later influence his son, who enlisted against his father’s wishes. Donald A. Jenkins, wounded and decorated for his own service, would later bring his father to Washington, D.C., so the two could visit the World War II and Vietnam memorials together. It would be the last trip they would take together. Suffering from the effects of stroke and dementia, When he died, Jenkins also left behind his wife and three grandsons. To his son, however, his father’s legacy lives on in his military service. “The greatest thing that he instilled in me is a deep, deep sense of patriotism,” Donald A. Jenkins said. La Mirada the elder’s health began a two-year decline. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My father was a very quiet person,” Donald A. Jenkins, 59, said. “It was kind of hard to get to know him because he kept a lot of things to himself.” After serving during World War II in Europe and in the South Pacific, the elder Jenkins returned home and married his wartime sweetheart, Marian, with whom he had corresponded while overseas. He and his bride moved in 1958 from Pennsylvania to La Mirada, where he worked as a mailer for Harper and Row Publishers and raised a son. It was not until Jenkins was aging and his health began to decline that his son and sister pieced together what they knew of his military service. “When he came home, he didn’t speak of the war unless he was with other veterans,” Johnson said of her brother. “But when you did hear what they were saying, it really popped.” Instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve, Donald G. Jenkins wore it on his hat. The former resident, a World War II veteran who chauffeured generals to inspect troops and deliver secret messages behind enemy lines, died on Nov. 26 in hospice care. He was 83. But his family and friends remembered him as he often was, in his “World War II Veteran” baseball cap. “People would see it and stop him and thank him for his service,” Jenkins’ sister, Mary Johnson, said. “His eyes would just light up.” Although Jenkins’ proudest accomplishment was his military service, his son said he rarely spoke of it. last_img read more