‘Big Jew’ Invitational set for August Monday
The Bahamas Hot Rod Association (BHRA) will host the Gus ‘Big Jew’ Outten Invitational at the BHRA Motorsports Park, Queen Elizabeth Sports Center on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Outten, a former police officer and past president of the BHRA, recently had surgery and current President of BHRA Ellie Ferguson and his team saw fit to honor him at the event.
Gates will open at noon and races are set to begin at 2 p.m. The event promises to cater for everyone as there will be bouncing castle and other activities for children.
Ferguson added that Outten has been an integral part of the BHRA over the years and is one of the big racers in the sport.
Spectators can expect to see street cars, pro-street cars, high end pro-modified cars along with trucks on the track.
Last year’s event was not held on August Monday due to bad weather. It was postponed to a later date.
This year, some very competitive races are expected with some of the racers who have been out of the mix for a while set to race on Monday. These include Clint Harding, Michael Sweeting, Dwayne Taylor, Matthew Burrows and Bertram Bowe who will be racing in the pro-modified category.
In the street car category, Ferguson expects to see Yohann Pyfrom and Brandon Deveaux Jr. to be out on the track.
According to Ferguson, there has been a fierce battle between Bowe and Burrows that has been happening for years.
In the truck category, Taylor and Sweeting will go up against each other – something the spectators have been expecting for a while.
Ferguson also said the BHRA has put on other events earlier in the year, especially on holidays. He and his team will look to have a major international event here next year and will look to bring in racers from Grand Bahama and the United States.
He added that it can be challenging to put on an event like this.
“It can be challenging sometimes in many aspects to put on an event like this. This is a very expensive sport. Sometimes you can have problems with the racers with their car and always not easy to get parts as quickly as you need to get it. These are special parts for cars that do not sell in the regular auto shops here. It can be challenging sometimes when you plan an event and some of your major racers are having little issues with the equipment to get parts on time,” Ferguson said/
With this event honoring Outten, Ferguson and his team will have Outten’s colleagues at the track.
“As we seek to honor Outten, we are having all of the things that he is involved in like heavy equipment. He is involved with heavy equipment at another level where he has them all beautified and chromed. I think one of his equipment don’t carry dirt, it is just for beauty. We have invited all of his colleagues in the heavy equipment and the Valley Boys to be there and be a part of this as we honor him,” Ferguson said.
Ticket price is $10 and part proceeds will be donated to charities. A Junkanoo rush out is planned for after the event.
In the words of Outten: “It is going to be ripping and tearing.”
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism