Street pa­rade fu­els buzz ahead of thrills this week­end

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

V8 SU­PER­CARS fever has of­fi­cially struck Townsville.

Thou­sands of revheads lined the streets yesterday to welcome their favourite driv­ers ahead of this week­end’s event.

The V8 Su­per­cars Trans­porter Pa­rade kicked off the of­fi­cial count­down to the Cas­trol EDGE Townsville 400, which will take over Reid Park from to­mor­row.

Fans of all ages lined the streets be­tween the Bohle and the city to welcome the driv­ers to Townsville with an 18- truck con­voy. Many fans trav­elled days to at­tend the event, which has grown in pop­u­lar­ity since its launch seven years ago.

For Al­pha’s Lach­lan Good­win, 9, yesterday’s pa­rade marked a school­hol­i­day high­light as he ea­gerly awaited the ar­rival of the Red Bull team and Light­ning McQueen.

“I’ve never seen one of these pa­rades be­fore,” he said. “I like that they ( V8 Su­per­cars) go fast ( and) would like to be a driver my­self.”

Revheads Paul and Robyn Braden were first- timers, trav­el­ling from New Zealand to watch the pa­rade and rac­ing on the week­end.

“We’ve been to Bathurst and the Gold Coast for the V8s in the past but this is our first time in Townsville,” Mr Braden said. “I think the pa­rade is great for the com­mu­nity.”

Braith Tulk, 9, and Myles Con­nell, 5.

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