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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Eleko Motor Race Expands the Frontiers of Motorsport Development in Nigeria

It was a fun day last Saturday at Eleko Beach Lagos state where the Eleko Motor Race was held, Motoring Nigeria was present at the event along with a bevy of racing enthusiasts, drivers and their off-road vehicles. It was another world entirely, unique in its own way from all other events we have covered.

Before continuing, I recon I should discuss a little about what Eleko Motor Race is all about. Eleko Motor Race is the brainchild of young Nigerian motorsport enthusiasts, Mr. Bamidele Fadimiluyi and Mr. Edward Osakwe who brought together a team of like-minded people who share their vision. It’s primary aim is to use the platform of motorsport to enhance knowledge of automobile science and engineering and educate the general public as to the automotive potential of everyday off-road cars and SUVs, as well as specially-modified/created racing vehicles.

There was an impressive line-up of powerful engines at the event but in this kind of race, power is not the most important virtue a car could possess as successful race depends on a combination of weight, driver skill, suspension, tires, and power.

The race began at about 1pm with the monstrous Hummer H1 with off-road adapted tyres roaring to power and charging off the starting line in what seemed like a whim, this got the local children cheering loudly at the vehicle but sadly, the vehicle developed a technical issue midcourse and the driver had to discontinue the race.

A Jeep Wrangler Sahara was next on the starting line, with its light weight and all terrain tyres, it left everyone in awe as it went hardcore through the race course and the driver was definitely skilled with his show of good handling and quick maneuvers around the many curves of the race course.

The third vehicle to go in was a Hummer H3, the driver of the H3 did not also fail to impress as it raced through the race course with poise and what seemed like gliding on the tricky beach sand. In a short time he finished the race and it was time for the next contestant, a Land Rover Defender 2004 edition,a car that’s definitely worth being called a classic came to show  everyone it’s still as capable, maybe even more capable than the new skool, equally driven by a driver with much experience to go by. The vehicle started the race with ease and moved on swiftly along the track in a show of mastery of the race course, in some way, the Land Rover seemed at peace with the beach environment but that clearly did not hinder its speed as it was also at the finish line after a short while.
The H3 speeding through thetrack

A Mitsubishi Pajero and a Ford Explorer also participated in the race, driven by women, but they both developed technical issues as the tyres were not adapted for the conditions of the racing course. I’m sure this will make them even more determined to win the next race like one of them; MrsOsakwe did in one of the races last year.

The racing session was quickly followed by “item 7” where folks got food from chicken to hotdogs, and the local children that were present happily got their own share including small chops specially prepared for them. Young rider, Marco Babatunde Micheletti, also pulled stunts on his ride while the spectators ‘spectated’. After this, the race results were announced,the 3rdposition went to the Land Rover Defender 2004 edition, driven by Mackanjuola Ayodele Fadimiluyi, the 2ndposition went to the Hummer H3 driven by the Nigerian Italian racer John Micheletti, but the winning car was the Jeep Wrangler Sahara driven by Kingsley Uwatse of M-B Automobile services Ltd.


The winners on the podium

This event was supported by Yokohama Tires (Viramsun Nig. Ltd), Coscharis Motors, OMP Racing and  SickRabbit

The organizers did a good job pulling off and event like this, I would score them 7 for organization, 7 for entertainment/feeding, 4 for publicity and overall score of 7. It was nice seeing another stride being taken towards Nigeria’s Motorsport development, the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean also added a serene feel to the event. I had a great day and I look forward to the next edition.  If you have an off-road vehicle and you feel like its being underutilized, Eleko Motor Race would be a perfect opportunity for you to end that.


BamideleFadimiluyi: Race Control

Edward Osakwe: Race Director

IshakuBamayi: Head Steward

TariEtete: Clerk of the course, Head Steward.

Ayo Ogunkanmi: Steward/ legal adviser.

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Babatunde Micheletti pulling stunts while being cheered on by his father and Bamidele.

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Action Packed Day at the Eko Atlantic Car Show “For the Love of Cars"

Drive around some parts of Lagos and you might find the occasional interesting classic parked up beside the pavement. But if you don’t want to leave your car spotting to chance, there’s one place that’s guaranteed to be packed with desirable, cherished and possibly rare classics.

This was the case with the just concluded Eko Atlantic Car Show “For the Love of Cars” which took place at Eko Atlantic City on Sunday 7th February 2016. Motoring Nigeria was there to cover this event and with what we witnessed, permit me to say car culture has officially taken off in Lagos state. The cars are being displayed by their owners, some of whom are enthusiastic owners of car showrooms.

The idea behind the show was to get selected car enthusiasts and owners together in a private location to admire cars ranging from classics to luxury cars, and supercars, take pictures, have discussions around the cars present and schmooze whilst sipping on champagne and being entertained by the DJ. Champagne producer and distributor Laurent Perrier, held tastings so participants can find the perfect tipple to celebrate their victory in a drag race.

There were two notable drag races that served as a memorabilia of the event. The competing cars in the first drag race included a 2015 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Porsche Panamera 4S, Porsche Boxter and BMW 5 Series, However, there was a debate between the Porsche loyalists rooting for the Panamera and the Mustang loyalists rooting for the Mustang. Well… the Porsche dusted the Mustang a great deal but that didn’t stop the Mustang clan from murmuring that it was the fault of the driver and not the car.

A Dodge Challenger SRT 8 with a whooping 6.1 litre Hemi engine and a BMW X6 M came into the picture in the second drag race, both replacing the Porsche Boxter and the BMW 5 Series. These two however failed to make an impression as they came 3rd and 4th respectively, the Mustang finally roared to its glory in this drag race as it clinched the first position with the Panamera 4S coming second.

A classic, Bentley Azure was present for the event, it surely attracted some crowd during its stay but left some minutes after arriving. Just when we thought the event had reached its climax, Bamidele Fadimiluyi(Organizer of Eleko Motor Race) and his folks rolled in slowly and stylishly with a Mercedes Benz W112 and they surely got eyes turning with that beautiful masterpiece.

Some of the other cars present at the event include, Rolls Royce Wraith, Rolls Royce Phantom, Mercedes Benz S63 AMGs, V12 Bi-turbo G 63 AMGs, Brabus, CL 550, S 550 Biturbo, Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne GTS, Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, XE, XJL, Chevrolet Camaro and so many other cars to feast one’s eyes upon. Bikes were also present and bikers didn’t fail to make an impression as they raced, performed wheelies and burnouts.
This event was sponsored by Eko Pearl, Laurent Perrier and Remy Martin, hosted by Eko Atlantic and produced by Black Opal Entertainment and Productions.
The Eko Atlantic car show “For the Love of Cars” created the perfect opportunity for visitors to talk to owners about the cars and to get expert advice from real estate developers at Eko Atlantic on how and what to buy in the city.

Shout out to folks from SuperCarsofNigeria, CarsFromNaija, Olanrewaju, and every other car enthusiast present at the show, It was great meeting you all.

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