Last Saturday the Bushy Park Racing Facility played host to the Connect Barbados contingent.
More than 100 operators from United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Canada, United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Argentina were in the country for the 2014 Connect Barbados Tour Operators Forum. This forum was opened at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on September 2 with a presentation by Mark Maloney, executive chairman of Bushy Park Circuit Inc., that showed the full house a roar of engines with an adrenaline rush set of videos and more to leave them anxiously awaiting their tour of the facility.
The tour started at the Grade 3 FIA Racing Circuit at 9 a.m. with the arrival of the buses through the South Pit Gate. They then were driven through the pits and onto the track as they made their way to the SOL VVIP location in the centre of the track. It was from this vantage point that Maloney welcomed all and gave them a brief history and was then also able to point out the various landmarks. He also discussed with them the upcoming Race Of Champions event on December 13 and 14, and also the Top Gear Festival on May 16 and 17, 2015, both of which they will assist in promoting on their return.
They were given a briefing on the radical racing cars and also joined in viewing a short display of these cars. Immediately after they were treated by some professional drivers who took the enthusiast daredevil tour operators for their driving experience. They all lined up to sign their waivers and be outfitted in helmets and suits to feel the Bushy Park Experience first hand. On completion of their rides, not a sour face was in the house. They all exited their racing cars, wobbly legged but with smiles and wanting another ride.
From all reviews, this was their highlight and everyone said what a truly enjoyable experience they had. It is from this that they will return home and work to reposition Barbados and The Bushy Park Experience as a country and a facility to experience.
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