Vote of confidence
THE Ireland family’s plans for multi-million dollar state-of-the-art showrooms on Mulgrave Rd are a vote of confidence in the Cairns economy.
Irelands, which have the Holden, Mitsubishi, HSV, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, smart and Isuzu trucks franchises, aim to build three showrooms on the site of the former Pacific Toyota used caryard next to the family’s 2.4ha dealership.
They are in negotiations with several brands to build up to three new vehicle showrooms with a floor plan of $2.5 million worth of vehicles. Richard and David Ireland are remaining coy about which marques would be involved but I understand one is Mercedes-Benz while the other possibilities are Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge franchises. The acquisitions give Irelands one of the biggest frontages in Queensland and one of the largest auto sites in the state.
The showrooms will feature the latest corporate branding of the motor franchises as well as interactive displays, internet access, customer rest and service reception areas.
The buildings, which should be completed within six months subject to approvals, will have a tropical feel and a relaxed atmosphere using the latest materials.
Irelands also are looking at adding two new franchises not represented in Cairns to their 83-yearold company. They are keeping mum but not available here are Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Hummer, Saab and Skoda. They have ruled out Hummer and Saab before. Proton and Renault are possibilities with Trinity about to relinquish the Malaysian brand and Pacific Toyota have parted ways with the French marque. Other possibilities but highly unlikely are Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lotus and Maserati luxury makes.
BURNOUT KINGS AT SPEEDWAY
HEAD out to the Edmonton speedway tomorrow to see the burnout kings strut their stuff. Queensland StreetScene is hosting the event which is a qualifying “test and tune” session at Edmonton speedway from 4pm-8pm. It will be followed by a burnout competition meeting on August 1.
Organiser Matthew Hermes said the test and tune meet was a great place for drivers to bring their cars to practise in a non-competitive and casual environment or for the more experienced to make sure their vehicle was running on song for the next competition.
Mr Hermes said tomorrow’s session would culminate in the major meet of the year, the NQ Pro Burnouts where a first prize of $3000 was on offer.
He said most of the competitors would be using dedicated vehicles, designed solely for doing burnouts. But he said people also were welcome to use their street cars if they wanted to.
“The test and tune meet is designed so the owners can see if there are problems with their fuel or drivelines so they can get it sorted before the competition meeting,” Mr Hermes said.
He said the July 19 test and tune session was a casual affair. Competitors paid $10 each to go out and test their vehicles on the burnout pad.
Spectators are welcome to each event with $5 entry on July 19 and $10 entry on August 1.
For more information, contact Mr Hermes on 0407 168 292 or go to: www.cairnsburnouts.com