Ali­son storms to the front

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WOMEN re­sort to many things to ease the pain of child­birth, but watch­ing V8 Su­per­cars is usu­ally not on the list.

But that’s what Ali­son Storm did, and her ded­i­ca­tion has won her a Dun­lop VIP trip to the Syd­ney 500 on De­cem­ber 3-5, in­clud­ing a din­ner with V8 driver John Bowe.

‘‘I watched the en­tire 1985 Bathurst in labour, I have cleaned a ho­tel room for a week for John Bowe, and I have fuel in my veins,’’ Storm says in her en­try to prove she is Aus­tralia’s biggest V8 Su­per­car fan.

Hers was one of many clever en­tries that made the de­ci­sion dif­fi­cult for judges, and proved the V8 Su­per­car se­ries has a com­mit­ted fan base.

She nar­rowly beat Aeron Nap­per of Syd­ney, who ad­mits: ‘‘I’m 27 and the walls of my bed­room are cov­ered in V8 Su­per­car posters and, much to my girl­friend’s dis­gust, I have a V8 Su­per­car doona cover.’’

The judges found the fi­nal de­ci­sion so hard that Dun­lop has de­cided to give Nap­per a con­so­la­tion prize — a cap signed by the win­ner of the Syd­ney 500 to match his doona cover.

His girl­friend should be warned she could end up in the same sit­u­a­tion as the fi­ancee of Ho­bart’s Dar­ren Quinn, who says: ‘‘I’m get­ting mar­ried on De­cem­ber 4. I’m sure the mis­sus won’t mind if I’m not there. This is way more im­por­tant . . .’’

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