Long drive from snow to hot ac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

WHEN the Ev­ery fam­ily left home to at­tend the Townsville 400, it was snow­ing in their backyard.

The ded­i­cated V8 fans trav­elled all the way from Glen Innes in north­ern New South Wales to join in on the ac­tion.

“This is the first time we’ve been to the Townsville V8s and it’s un­be­liev­able,” Craig Ev­ery said.

“It's so great to be here. It was snow­ing ( at home) so it’s nice to be in Townsville in this weather.”

Me­gan and Peter Haines made the 14- hour drive from Gat­ton to Townsville with their kids Ri­ley, 8, and Brady, 6.

“My hus­band is a huge V8 fan,” Mrs Haines said.

“This is our first time in Townsville so we’re pretty ex­cited but we go to the Gold Coast and we’ve been to Bathurst and Phillip Is­land.”

The Kiely and Pig­gott fam­i­lies came from Emer­ald for the ac­tion, ar­riv­ing on Mon­day to en­joy some time in Townsville be­fore the busy week­end.

Carly Kiely said they weren’t able to go the year that her son Griffyn, 5, was born, but he had been ev­ery year since his first birth­day.

“He has his birth­day here ev­ery year,” she said.

“It’s per­fect for school hol­i­days.”

Ms Kiely said she had been very ex­cited when the Townsville 400 first started.

“I can re­mem­ber sit­ting on the phone hit­ting re­dial be­cause that was the only way we could get tick­ets,” she said.

“We’ve had the same seats the whole seven years.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

YOUNG FANS: Sam Pig­gott, 7, Griffyn Kiely, 5, and Amelia Pig­gott, 7, are vis­it­ing from Emer­ald.

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