FANS OUT IN FORCE FOR SUPERCARS
THOUSANDSTHOUSA of race fans lined the streets to greet Supercars teams to the city yesterday.
Twenty B- doubles took part in the Supercars Transporter Parade and they were all loaded with race cars.
The parade is designed to give local racing fans a chance to see the trucks before the Townsville 400 kicks off tomorrow. Supercars events general manager Philip Shaw said it was a great thrill for the trucks to take part in the event.
“We always get a big welcome from the locals so we really love doing this and talking to the locals, who are all waving and cheering as we roll up,” he said.
Police co- ordinated road closures, which allowed the convoy to roll through from Webb Drive to the Reid Park complex without issue. Mr Shaw said it was a big logistical exercise.
It was Alex Compton’s first experience of the parade.
He has recently moved to Townsville from Brisbane and attended in the hope he would see famous drivers.
The Ford fan will be barracking for Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.
“The parade was great, there were a lot of cars and trucks taking part,” Mr Compton said. “I also saw some of the drivers.”
Melissa Close said her children were excited to see the trucks.
“It’s great for the kids, the excitement and the noise,” she said.
“You don’t normally get to see so many trucks at one time.”
She said the event would likely boost the Townsville economy.
“It will bring a lot of tourists in and they’ll spend money.”