Two-day car, bike show to heat up St. Maarten Day | THE DAILY HERALD

Some of the bikes that will be participating in the event.



PHILIPSBURG–Motor vehicle enthusiasts, residents and visitors will be able to witness professional car and bike drifters in action live at the APS parking lot by the government building on November 10 and 11, as well as local automotive fanatics doing their thing at the first ever “Still Balling Fever Show St. Maarten Edition” for St. Maarten Day this year. 

  The two-day event is a collaborative effort of Still Balling St. Maarten Foundation, Automotive Federation and St. Maarten Traffic Park Foundation. 

  The first day of the event, from 6:00pm November 10 to 1:00am, will feature a car and bike show involving local automotive aficionados. There will be music and entertainment, performances and a lighted motorbike rally, the details of which are still to be worked out.

  The event will culminate with a “Drift Fever Stunt Show” at the APS parking lot on St. Maarten Day, November 11, from 5:00pm to 12:00 midnight.

  The event will feature professional drifters from Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. Coordinators said at a press conference on Thursday that the event will be filled with a lot of adrenaline-rushing activities and will be high energy action that is not to be missed. Ten of the best bikers from Curaçao and one from Aruba as well as three of the best drifters from Curaçao will be coming in for the show.

  Tickets for the November 10 show cost US $2 for per child and $5 for adults, and can be purchased at the entrance on the day of the show. Tickets for the November 11 show cost $20 per adult in advance, $15 at the entrance, and $10 for children up to age 12. They are currently available online at and will be available physically in St. Maarten as of next week.

  The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) is backing the initiative, as it has the potential to bring tourists to the country. The ministry is injecting $10,000 into the event, which Director of Tourism May Ling Chun said will be used for promotion, public relations and marketing purposes.

  Geraldine Cai, representing KDG Production of Curaçao which is coordinating the show, said this will be the 11th show to be coordinated by the company with the Still Balling Foundation, but the first for St.  Maarten. 

  Coordinators want to make the event an annual exercise.

  St. Maarten Automotive Federation Secretary Hasani Ellis said the group of motorsport enthusiasts are working towards the overall goal of community-building, safety, education and fundraising. He explained that safety and security at the event will be a top priority for attendees and participants.

  “We strongly believe that aiding the various clubs within the automotive community to set up their programmes in a safe and monitored environment will aid in diminishing illegal ad delinquent behaviour on public roads and increase knowledge, safety and awareness,” he said, adding that the event has a great potential to increase sports tourism.

  TEATT Minister Stuart Johnson stressed the importance of such an event to the tourism industry,

  Persons can still register to participate in either event. To register for the November 10 show, persons can call St. Maarten Automotive Federation President Carl Nunes at tel.520-1773 and to register for the November 11 event call Still Balling St. Maarten representative Francis Franken at tel. 520-8414.

  Also at the press conference were Still Balling St. Maarten representative Siegfried Gijsbertha, Czyjaen Martis and Automotive Federation advisor Charles Benders.

Source: The Daily Herald