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Crowds turn out to see big V8 event machines

V8 Supercar Transporter Parade through the Ipswich CBD. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
V8 Supercar Transporter Parade through the Ipswich CBD. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

HIGH-powered machinery worth more than $100 million rumbled through Ipswich streets yesterday as the V8 Supercar Transporter Parade came to town again.

It was a sight to behold as 18 B-double transporters, each valued at between $2 million and $2.5 million, rolled through the CBD ahead of the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 that will roar into action at Queensland Raceway from August 1-3.

They house all of the race equipment, from the race cars themselves to all of the spares needed to re-build two and three race cars at a meet.

All of the data, computer and electronic equipment, along with spare parts, was transported by the immaculate trucks that had the logos and sponsors of the various motorsport teams emblazoned on them.

The trucks go to all the V8 race meetings across the nation.

The trucks generate great interest at the V8 race meetings because they are state-of-the-art machines that are kept in tip top condition.

Crowds lined the streets, with parents bringing along their children, who will no doubt become the budding V8 fans of the future.

Sharon Charlton and her young son had their chequered flags at the ready as the trucks went past.

"We only just found out about it an hour ago, but we thought we'd come down and have a look, because my 10-year-old son loves race cars," Ms Charlton said.

"This is a great event for Ipswich.

"We need more events like this that are kid- and family-friendly ones.

"It is good to have River 94.9 here too. There is a real community spirit."

Steph Kozuvek and her sisters have five boys between them and said the parade and the V8s on the weekend made for perfect entertainment.

"It is really good, because the kids are going to learn a little bit more about cars," she said.

"We've got boys, so they are going to grow up wanting to see this sort of stuff."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who was waving his flags profusely as the trucks went past, said the parade "brightened up the city".

"And the kids love it," he said.

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