Jamaica Magazine

Why are Jamaicans so fast? – Review: Red Bull Speed Trap 2011

Written by Alyson Robinson

Red Bull Jamaica began their island-wide search for the fastest Jamaican at the Red Bull Speed Trap event to answer this question. The quest began at the Shell Gas Station on Waterloo Road, on June 21st, 2011. The sprint test took the streets under the tagline “How fast can you go?”

The Speed Trap event continued at high momentum on Sunday, June 26th 2011 on the lawns of Devon House for a special VIP activation for the media.  The aim of the Speed Trap is to test the speed of the average Jamaican male and female.  Speed testing devices are used to measure the individual velocity of participants to determine the speed done in the 15-metre speed zone.

The day started of a little slowly but picked up speed after the arrival of others who were invited and those who just happened to be passing by.

Kevon Campbell, a passerby said, “feel the vibes man, so I come to try a thing”.

Michael Anderson, a Devon House security guard, set the bar early with a high speed of 27.48km/h.

Keith Spence, who made an attempt late in the game after being “boosted” by the emcee, Marlon Campbell, clocked in and claimed top speed for the time being, with 30.10km/h.
After his hearing the new top speed Campbell said, “definitely thinking if I can clock something better than the 28.26 I did.”

Paul Adams who ran 30.82 km/h later shattered Campbell’s dream and claimed the position of fastest male of the day.
Tessa Reynolds kicked off the beginning of female entries with a speed of 21.95km/h. However, the fastest female was awarded to Melissa Green with 27.61m/s.

The fastest male and fastest female won a Puma goodie bag, a PUMA gift card, a 4pak Red Bull and a speed trap towel.

The final male and female winners of all the events, who will be deciphered after the final event on July 7th, will win an all expense paid, Formula 1 trip to Brazil.

Kat CHR, a DJ said that the event was a wonderful idea. “Its awesome, its lovely, lots of beautiful people, lots of Red Bull, good times” she said.

The upcoming Red Bull Speed Trap events are listed below.

July 5
Courts – Old Habour (St. Catherine)
July 6
Stoplight Wholesale – Maypen (Clarendon)
July 7
Heavens Texaco Mandeville

About the author

Alyson Robinson