The Jamaica Classic Car Club held their Annual General Meeting on September 29 at Curphey Place, St Andrew, electing former club 1st vice president Jason Lawson to the post of president. Also elected were Naresh Potopsingh — 1st vice president, Duane Williams — 2nd vice president, Michael McFarlane — secretary, Paul Gammon — assistant secretary, Karen Gammon — treasurer, and Nicholas Chang — assistant treasurer. Twelve executive members were also elected.
Shane Angus, the outgoing president of six years, opted out of putting himself for re-election citing personal commitments that would take him overseas. Under his stewardship the JCCC has grown in membership, become more active in the social responsibility, and been able to positively change automotive legislation.
“I would like to thank you all for the support over the past 6 years. It was a great experience and I have met lots of new friends. In my new capacity as the club’s ambassador I will work to expand our reach outside of Jamaica and build great relationships with other clubs abroad. I do hope that the support for the drive out increase and members enjoy and grow the club,” Angus posted on the club’s social media.
He was thanked by the club for his efforts and named club ambassador-at-large.
As one of the younger members Angus took reins of the JCCC and transformed it with each successive term, creating monthly drive outs for members and the public to enjoy their classics at locations across the island, embracing the younger generations’ idea of what constitutes a classic car, and getting legislation changed to make it easier for classic car owners to get their vehicles on the road.
Lowering road and back license fees, making importation easier and negotiating for cheaper insurance were all goals met by Angus and his administration. His success continued most recently when in 2018 the club held their well-received classic car show.
Angus leaves with his ultimate goal of securing a permanent home for the JCCC unfulfilled, but he hopes the club will continue on that effort.
Upon taking up the mantle Lawson explained that while he will make his own mark on the JCCC, he and his administration will continue the positive path that Angus left them.