Busi­ness groups in a V8 vibe

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE has been trans­formed into revhead heaven with lo­cal busi­nesses pre­par­ing for the big­gest week­end of the year.

Ho­tels and mo­tels are at or near ca­pac­ity and restau­rants are re­port­ing solid book­ings with visi­tors stream­ing into the city ahead of the Cas­trol EDGE Townsville 400.

The first ma­jor event – the Townsville 400 Su­per Welcome – will be held at Jezzine Bar­racks to­day from 4.30pm, with thou­sands of peo­ple ex­pected to line up to meet the driv­ers and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties. The stars of the track will be sign­ing au­to­graphs from 5pm to 6pm.

Broth­ers Tod, 10, and Joe Wil­son, 8, are ex­cited to meet their he­roes, say­ing the V8s are the high­light of the school hol­i­days.

But there is one ma­jor draw­card for Tod. “The Hill­top Hoods,” he said.

The Hill­top Hoods will head­line the first live mu­sic event to­mor­row night. Birds of Tokyo and The Liv­ing End will play to the crowd on Satur­day night.

“The V8s are our big­gest an­nual event and the Su­per Welcome tra­di­tion­ally kicks off the start of fes­tiv­i­ties,” Cas­trol EDGE Townsville 400 Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man Tony Par­sons said. “Al­ready the city is buzzing and the track is look­ing great ahead of the week­end, and ac­com­mo­da­tion is fill­ing up.

“We’re invit­ing ev­ery­one to come down to Jezzine to­mor­row, meet the driv­ers and en­joy the free en­ter­tain­ment,” he said yesterday.

The V8s come on the back of a busy few weeks in the city, thanks to the Townsville Triathlon Fes­ti­val, the school hol­i­days and

Al­ready the city is buzzing

and the track is look­ing great ahead of the week­end

FES­TI­VAL CHAIR­MAN TONY PAR­SONS

the Townsville Show. Jam Cor­ner owner Matt Mer­rin said his res­tau­rant had al­ready en­joyed a busy few weeks, with another bumper week­end ahead.

“It is one of our best week­ends of the year,” he said. “The V8s are al­ways good for the restau­rants and ho­tels on Palmer St.

“We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing some of the teams and crews come back again.

“They tend to come in for break­fast be­fore the rac­ing starts each day and din­ner is also fairly busy.”

A Touch of Salt is also re­port­ing strong book­ings for the week­end.

Ta­ble 51 on Palmer St have the Porsche and Holden teams booked for din­ner over the week­end.

“The last few days we have been full,” owner De­nis Van­jik said. “The V8s are a big week­end for us. Any­thing that brings peo­ple in to the city is good for ev­ery­one.”

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