We must fight to keep V8s com­ing back

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

TOWNSVILLE has made it clear that it’s the right­ful North Queens­land home of the V8 Su­per­cars af­ter more than 150,000 peo­ple poured through the Reid Park gates over three days.

As Townsville’s con­tract to host the Cas­trol Edge 400 nears its end, it is more im­por­tant than ever that Townsville pulls to­gether and sup­ports this event in 2016.

Re­turn­ing to the orig­i­nal for­mat of two 200km races did noth­ing to dampen Townsville’s rac­ing en­thu­si­asm.

At­ten­dance was the sec­ond- high­est it has been since the event came to Townsville, but we may have to bet­ter that to keep the Su­per­cars com­ing back in 2017 when the cur­rent con­tract ex­pires.

The strong­est mes­sage we can send to the or­gan­is­ers is to have more peo­ple than ever lin­ing the race­track next year.

It’s the race that stops our trop­i­cal city and it needs to re­main here to pre­vent us los­ing the huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits it brings.

It would be a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment to see pit lane moth­balled and no or­ange bar­ri­cades lin­ing Bound­ary Street when July comes around in 2017.

It is ar­guably North Queens­land’s event of the year.

It’s not just petrolheads who head to the track ei­ther, the event has cap­tured the hearts of the Townsville com­mu­nity as a whole.

Long be­fore the race car driv­ers start their en­gines, rac­ing fever be­gins tak­ing hold of the city.

Peo­ple young and old dress in their best rac­ing mer­chan­dise and head to the track with prams, ba­bies, chairs and ear muffs in tow.

It’s a chance for fam­i­lies to en­joy an out­ing, young peo­ple to so­cialise and revheads to get their rac­ing fix.

The week­end’s crowd fig­ure was proof that the beefed- up con­cert sched­ule is a win­ner.

Or­gan­is­ers have set a new stan­dard now and must match the 2015 line- up next year and, hope­fully, the years af­ter.

Let’s come to­gether in 2016 and head to the track in greater num­bers to en­sure we don’t lose this spe­cial event.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.