September 24, 2016

Grasstrack heroes inducted into Hall of Fame

By Avenash Ramzan

Sport persons are celebrated the world over, as their achievements and accolades serve as inspiration and motivation to young persons wishing to make a career in the disciplines.
Very often, the exploits of these men and women provide a hotbed for the generation of colourful conversations and sometimes heated arguments.

Sheik Yaseen (centre) with four of the eight inductees

Sheik Yaseen (centre) with four of the eight inductees

In Guyana for example, avid followers of the disciplines would argue and even bet as they seek to drive home their point, especially when it comes to comparing different generations of sportspersons.

Some of the action during the day’s festivities

Some of the action during the day’s festivities

The issue of greatness is also inevitably mixed into the dialogue. It is with this in mind, the first ever Hall of Fame for grasstrack racing in Guyana came to fruition on Sunday.
Smack in the middle of the Corona Beer Grasstrack Championship Series at the Ogle Community Centre ground, the idea was birthed by former racer Sheik Yaseen of Sheik Yaseen Promotions, geared at honouring past heroes of the sport and keeping their legacy alive.
Eight persons were inducted in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the sport of grasstrack racing as an organiser and former racer.
The inductee were Terrence Clarke, Kevin Jeffrey, Stanley Ming, Ray Rahaman, Victor Pires, Mahesh Premsukh, Mazar Mazarally and Brian McIntosh.
Yaseen explained that all these former bikers were champions during their time, and are all well respected individuals in the grasstrack fraternity.
Yaseen said it is his hope that the contributions of inductees over the years will serve to inspire more persons to take up the sport.
He further stated that other persons will be honoured during the remainder of 2016 when the Corona Beer Grasstrack Championship Series heads to various parts of the country.
All the inductees were professional bikers during their heydays.
Clarke competed during the 1980s up to last year, and during that time he started out with a 50cc and gradually moved up to the bigger bikes.
Jeffrey, now a top Caribbean motor-racer, actually started his racing career in grass track. He used to compete with an RM 125 bike.
Ming, another racing icon, competed in the late 1980s and early 1990s on a Yamaha YZ 125, while Rahaman was active during the same period with his Kawasaki KX 125.
Pires is arguably the most experienced of the inductees, racing as far back as the 1970s. He raced up until the early 2000s and his last bike was a Honda CR 125.
Premsukh, Mazarally and McIntosh all raced during the 90s using the popular Yamaha YZ 125 bikes.
The next race meet is in April at Hampton Court, Essequibo, where another batch of inductees will be unveiled. (aramzan@guyanatimesgy.com)

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