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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.”

WARM WEL­COME: Townsville fans cheer on the Su­per­cars trans­porter pa­rade and ( be­low) Wat­pac’s Bryan Glancy and Su­per­cars events man­ager Phil Shaw. Pic­tures: FIONA HARD­ING

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