Big wheels rev up for T400’ s launch

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple are ex­pected to line the streets of Townsville to­day when the Su­per­car trans­porters make their an­nual pro­ces­sion to Reid Park.

It will mark the start of the Wat­pac Townsville 400 and starts at 11.50am at the Bohle.

A to­tal of 20 B- dou­ble trans­porters will de­part from Webb Drive, turn down Shaw Rd, drive along the Ring Rd and head along Her­vey Range Rd, Ross River Rd and Char­ters Tow­ers Rd be­fore en­ter­ing Reid Park about 12.35pm.

Townsville Su­per­cars event man­ager Rachael White said it was a spec­ta­cle not to be missed.

“The trans­porter pa­rade is a real crowd favourite and is quite im­pres­sive to see the Su­per­cars con­tin­gent make the trip from Webb Drive to the race­track,” she said.

“Crowd favourite Mack the Trans­porter from the Disney movie Cars is back to de­light young race fans and as the pa­rade will be held dur­ing school hol­i­days we’re ex­pect­ing a great turnout along the route.

“The route is the same as last year so ev­ery­one should take ad­van­tage of the key view­ing points.”

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to watch the trans­porters along Her­vey Range Rd, Ross River Rd and Char­ters Tow­ers Rd.

To­mor­row the Townsville 400 Su­per Wel­come will be held at River­way from 4pm be­fore all the ac­tion kicks off at Reid Park on Fri­day.

Su­per­car fans will get to meet some of their rac­ing he­roes at the Su­per Wel­come as part of a jampacked evening of fam­ily fun in­clud­ing a screen­ing of the movie Turbo.

Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the Su­per Wel­come was the coun­cil’s sig­na­ture event to of­fi­cially launch the race week­end.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to meet all 25 driv­ers and teams, get their au­to­graphs and snap a few pho­tos,” he said. “We’ll also be giv­ing away a three- day Townsville 400 dou­ble pass with en­try forms avail­able in the Townsville Bul­letin on the day of the event.

“This is an event for fans of ... ev­ery­thing re­lated to V8 Su­per­cars.”

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

LET’s GO: Jett El­liott- Price, 6, is ready for the pa­rade.

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