Business groups in a V8 vibe
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.”