In March 1966, a group of persons who were members of C.C.C. (The Courtesy Car Club), met at the Electric Ice Co. office on Ariapita Ave. The objective was to discuss the state of motor racing in Trinidad & Tobago, with a view to upgrading the level. The result of this meeting was the Trinidad Automobile Sports Club (T.A.S.C.). Up to this time, motor racing took the form of a dexterity, this being a single car negotiating plyons, the winner being the fastest car.
Easter 1966 saw the first group of drivers competing under the banner "Team Tigers" racing in Guyana. By February 1967, the group was ready to clear the vegetation off the southern runway and the access routes south of that runway. Jack Robinson, Heuve De Verteuil, Frank Bain, Earl Maingot, Mark Pantin, Chris Brand, Tommy Meyer, Ken Chen, Simion Kelshall and a few others reclaimed from nature what was a concrete runway and access roads. Through the years there have been many events/ periods of adjustments determined by internal but mainly external factors which have plotted the path and growth of this organization.
After the attempted 'Coup' in 1970, the runways were closed by mounds of gravel so car racing moved to the sea plane hanger in Chaguaramas. This move actually helped the general public to view motor racing at an easily accessible site, in some cases, minutes from where they lived. This continued into 1973 with the interest expanding so rapidly that drivers from Barbados came to take part. At this stage T.A.S.C. was growing rapidly and it was apparent to the then President, George Janoura and his committee, that racing should be moved back to the East.
A plan for the development of a Motor Racing track on the outside of the existing horse racing track at Santa Rosa was devised. Plans for the circuit were drawn up and sent to the Royal Automobile Club (R.A.C.) in Great Britain for adjustment and approval. Companies expressed their intention to be involved in this venture and were to lay the surface for 1.89ml. track. All the ground work had been covered with new bleachers and the upgrading and adding of horse stalls and motor garages. The cost of operating the entire site for the year was to be split 50% - 50% between the Arima Race Club and Trinidad Automobile Sports Club.
In April 1974, Mr. Dean Delamonte, the then Head of the R.A.C. Motor Sport Division and an executive member of the F.I.A. was invited to Trinidad to view the site and make suggestions as to the viability of the project. Mr. Delamonte then stated that within two years, we could be put on the Formula 2 calendars of events between the meetings held in Brazil and Venezuela. Fate then gave motor racing and tourism a crushing blow. The final meeting between the A.R.C. and T.A.S.C. saw the lawyer for the A.R.C. insisting that apart from splitting all the operating overheads for the site, the T.A.S.C. must still pay the club a $50, 000 fee to put on each race event. This halted all proceedings.
Another place looked into was "Datsunville" in Enterprise. Named after the squatters that laid claim to the area using discarded Datsun box crates to create their homes. Here it was intended to construct another racing circuit. The T.A.S.C. committee decided to create interest via public awareness and after much public education, the T.A.S.C. was able to have controlled meetings at Wallerfield up to March 1976.
In early 1976, an agreement between the governments of the Caribbean, saw the Caribbean Aviation Training Institute (C.A.T.I.) being founded. Wallerfield became the chosen site these facilities. This created quite an upset in the racing community. On the advice of a clerk in the Ministry of Planning, the Trinidad House Cabinet decided that all motor racing at Wallerfield must cease. Neither the clerk in the Ministry nor his supervisors realized that the area earmarked for C.A.T.I. and that for T.A.S.C. were over 3/4 miles apart at the closest point and the actual buildings were 1½ miles apart. Months later, a private audience with the then Prime Minister, Dr. Eric Williams, led to the assistance of a young parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sport. It took some good time, lots of work and perseverance, on both his part and T.A.S.C. The result being cabinet reversing their original decision, with stipulations that were accommodating both to C.A.T.I. and T.A.S.C.
Racing grew again to the extent that the Wallerfield racing circuit became the center of the sport for the Caribbean and between 1977 and 1984, persons from Jamaica, St. Vincent, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada, USA and as far as Germany, participated at Wallerfield. Some of these drivers went on to become National, International and even World Champions.
In 1990 the now T.T.A.S.A. hosted the first ever round of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship. Since then, T.T.A.S.A. has sent teams to Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana to compete under IMSA type Caribbean regualtions. A team was sent to compete in an International Formula 3 race which was the supporting race for the World Sports Car Championships.
Over the years, our members have raced in Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Santa Domingo, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA.
1996 represents 30 years of Motor Racing in Trinidad & Tobago and with the present Caribbean Championship series, T.T.A.S.A. is once again poised to give to the public, a re-emergence of the tight, action packed events and huge 20 and 30 thousand strong crowds of the '70's and '80's