START­ING LINE IN SIGHT

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WITH just seven days un­til the Townsville 400, lo­cal V8 Utes driver Graham Ed­wards joined Miss V8 Su­per­cars con­tes­tants Saeran Tan­ton, Danielle Min­tern and Tal­isa An­der­sen to test- drive some of the best seats in the house. Ex­cite­ment is build­ing ahead of the big­gest show in town with the pop­u­lar trans­porter pa­rade set to roar through the streets next week.

THE V8s ex­cite­ment will kick into high gear on Wed­nes­day when a multi- mil­lion pa­rade of su­per­cars heads through the streets of Townsville on the way to Reid Park.

Thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to line the streets to welcome the pro­ces­sion of Bdou­ble trans­porters bring­ing V8 Su­per­cars to the city ahead of next week­end’s Cas­trol EDGE Townsville 400.

The pa­rade will in­clude 17 trans­porters from var­i­ous

The trans­porter pa­rade is a real crowd favourite V8 SU­PER­CARS’ RACHAEL WHITE

teams and the new Townsville Bul­letin trans­porter.

The trucks will start their jour­ney on Webb Drive at the Bohle be­fore tak­ing a cir­cuit along Shaw Rd, the Ring Road, Her­veys Range Rd, Ross River Rd and Char­ters Tow­ers Rd ( route pic­tured right).

V8 Su­per­cars event man­ager Rachael White said the trans­porter pa­rade would be a spec­ta­cle not to be missed.

“The trans­porter pa­rade is a real crowd favourite and it is quite im­pres­sive to see the V8 Su­per­cars con­tin­gent make the trip from Webb Drive to the race­track,” she said.

“Crowd favourite Mack the Trans­porter from Dis­ney’s Cars is back to de­light young race fans, and as the pa­rade will be held dur­ing school hol­i­days we’re ex­pect­ing a great turn- out along the route with more young race fans en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The route is the same as last year so ev­ery­one should take ad­van­tage of the key view­ing points and watch the road­show roll into town.”

The con­voy will leave the Bohle at 11.50am on Wed­nes­day and en­ter Reid Park at 12.35pm. Spec­ta­tors can gather along Her­veys Range Rd, Ross River Rd and Char­ters Tow­ers Rd to watch, but park­ing won’t be al­lowed along Shaw Rd and the Ring Road.

Grand­stand seats are still avail­able for the three days of V8 ac­tion from Fri­day, July 10 un­til Sun­day, July 12.

Apart from the rac­ing, the en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram is the largest in the seven- year history of the event.

In­ter­na­tional stars Hill­top Hoods head­line Fri­day’s con­cert with lead­ing Aus­tralian hip- hop artists ILLY and The Funkoars. On Satur­day night The Liv­ing End and Birds of Tokyo will rock Reid Park.

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