Laranzo Dacres, Sunday Gleaner Writer
WHEN YOU feel tempted to race that vehicle to the stop light, you might want to consider joining that band of working-class professionals with an insatiable appetite for speed - Team Redlinerz Club.
Joseph Montaque, marketing and PR officer for Team Redlinerz, said the club, which has been around for seven years, was launched in 2003 by three University of Technology students.
"We all shared a passion for cars from university days and wanted to participate in motorsports, as well as car-related social events as a group. Then, as soon as we branded our cars, the interest grew and our membership increased."
"Since then, the journey has been great, even though we have moved on to different stages in our lives. As a matter of fact, there are now three couples who are part of our club - two of whom met in the group and are now married," Montaque told Automotives.
Montaque explained that the Redlinez was chosen to reflect the red-line indicator on the speedometer.
"This is because whenever we are on the tracks, we race to that red-line indicator," he said.
The club currently has 18 members, comprising a number of professionals in managerial positions - five of whom are females.
"To become a member, you have to be a reputable person. Because the group now has a very positive reputation, we make every effort to keep it so by screening persons before approving their membership," Montaque said.
He pointed out that a prospective member does not have to own a particular vehicle, or even own one for that matter, but has to share a passion for motor vehicles.
"And they are expected to attend monthly meetings and contribute to, or participate in, any of the racemeet or socials of which the team is a part," he said.
"And we have a social responsibility as well," Montaque continued.
"We have raised funds to buy essential items for children's homes, participated in meets at Vernamfield, all drag-racing meets; Jamwest events and car show competitions. Also, we are planning to make a formal entrance at Dover next year," he noted.
According to Montaque, one of the aims of the club is to become a strong contender for drag and circuit racing in Jamaica and to build the Team Redlinerz brand as one that is reputable and which major sponsors would wish to be associated.
Like every club or group, being a member of Team Redlinerz has it's perks. Members receive discounts on insurance premiums from Genesis Insurance Brokers, discounts from King Midas Mufflers and other auto-parts stores, as well as from providers of maintenance services and, of course, the camaraderie.
"One of our members is a certified automotive technician and he does most of the technical work on members' cars at a reduced cost," Montaque added.
Some of the popular motor-vehicle brands owned by members of Redlinerz are Subaru, Mitsubishi, Honda CRV and Integras as well as Lexus.
Team Redlinerz provides an avenue for members of the younger generation of like minds to share in a passion that is clean fun.