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Council Discusses Los Contrincantes Car Stereo Competition

Standing from left, Dan Stone, city parks manager, and Jose Sanchez, Los Contrincantes Car Club president, discussing the Los Contrincantes Car Club and Bike Crew show that will be held at Bergman Park Saturday, Sept. 18, during a Jamestown City Council Public Safety Committee meeting Monday. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The Jamestown City Council discussed a car stereo competition event that is scheduled to be held at Bergman Park later this year.

On Monday, the council and its Public Safety Committee discussed the Los Contrincantes Car Club and Bike Crew show that is scheduled to be at the park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The committee approved the club’s application during its June 7 work session meeting.

During the committee meeting, Jose Sanchez, Los Contrincantes Car Club and Bike Crew president, discussed what will be happening during the event. He said the show will start at 11 a.m., with cars entering the park to register for a variety of competitions. He said at 2:30 p.m. the competitions will begin, which will include car stereo, engine revving, power wheel, car limbo and dance contests.

Sanchez said car clubs from Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are scheduled to appear. He estimated around 1,000 people at the event. He expects several people to attend in each car, so it’s expected there will be more people than cars at the show.

For the car stereo competition, Sanchez said it will be one car versus another during each contest.

“The loudest wins the award,” he said “When it comes to the music, it’s going to be loud.”

Sanchez said the competitions will be done by 5:30 p.m.

Dan Stone, city parks manager, said he has been working with Sanchez to find the best place at Bergman Park to hold the car stereo competition to lessen the impact on residential neighborhoods. He said the plan currently is to do the competition toward the back of the park, so the woods buffer the music. He added that during the next week or two, city officials will be joined car club members to test where the competition should be held at the park.

Jeff Russell, At-Large councilman, said he is concerned that another incident like the one in the Dunkirk area at the county fairgrounds could occur in the city. On June 26, several Dunkirk residents complained about the noise coming from the fairgrounds during the competition, which reportedly disrupted a wedding and graduation parties.

“We really don’t know how many people will be there. That makes me nervous,” Russell said.

Russell suggested amending the application to state that only music could be played by the vehicles during the competition. However, the committee didn’t vote on the proposed amendment.

“My concern is what took place in Dunkirk,” he said.

Timothy Jackson, Jamestown Police Department police chief and city public safety director, said the club should have dedicated police officers at the event. Russell agreed and said the car club should pay for the officers. Sanchez said he had no problem funding officers to be at the show.

Sanchez said club members will be going door-to-door around the park to invite area residents to the event and to notify them about the competitions. He said the club does a lot of work in the community, which includes back-to-school supply giveaways and Christmas gift donations.

“We just want to do something nice for the community,” he said.

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