The Best Bike Show showcases Tobago’s creativity


MP Nathisha Charles-Pantin, right, presents the $2000 check to Declon Regis, who won the Assemblyman’s Choice award at the Best Bike Show, held at Parade Ground, Bacolet. –

Tobago’s creativity, engineering skills and two-wheeled techniques were on display at the Best Bike Show recently hosted by Bagatelle/Bacolet campaign representative Nathisha Charles-Pantin at the Parade Ground, Bacolet.

Twenty-four bikers from various communities competed for the top prizes, in front of a grateful crowd.

Charles-Pantin, in his opening remarks, described the participants as talented young engineers, who can use their skills to do something positive and stay off the streets.

She noted that no funds from the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) had been spent to host the business.

“My personal funds, support from community residents, fundraising activities from the Bagatelle/Bacolet Action Group, and help from Councilman Certica Williams-Orr helped make this inaugural event possible,” said Charles. -Puppet.

Among the entrants who provided the most vibes that day was Reco Benjamin of Pembroke, who won the Best Audio Display category, which included a $1,000 prize. Its mix of soca, hip hop, dancehall and reggae kept young people excited for at least eight minutes.

Benjamin, 32, skilled in the making and handling, said he was confident of winning the title. “I play. I spend my money; when some of them saw my setup, they dropped out of the competition. I know what they’re running for, they should get up and fight.

One of the bikes that was entered in the Best Audio category at the Best Bike Show at Parade Ground, Bacolet. –

Benjamin said he is looking forward to a car and bike show in August, which will include a Trini competition.

“I was not afraid of anything. Ah come bigger, stronger and badder, so they better watch out. Ah represent Tobago to the fullest.

Benjamin, who has competed in and won two previous competitions, was persuaded to enter the sport by his friends and currently makes custom low-slung bikes as a business.

“There are a lot of people checking me out to do low bikes, but I have more work than I can keep up with, because I have other jobs to do, and it takes time and effort. money to build a good bike – and I like to do everything well.

Quincy Romeo, 42, from Plymouth, said the smoothness of his paint job on his burgundy bike did not go unnoticed, earning him the award for best paint job.

He said: “When you look at a paint job, you’re looking for shine and smoothness. Some of them were tough.

He said it was the third competition he had won, but the first time there had been a financial incentive.

“This time ah win a thousand dollars, so grateful ah.”

He said the event was well organized and appreciated by the community.

“Everything went well, ah like the way these young people go out with their bikes, even if not all of them participated, if they keep more competition, ah go out and participate.”

The other category winners were: Kersean Julien – best drop-low bike; Darion Matthews – best bike extension; Curtis Archer – best custom bike; Khella Andrew – longest drift bike; and Declon Regis – Assembly Choice.

Maria R. Newman