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The symphony of squealing tires, boisterous revellers and over zealous food vendors can only mean one thing on the Gold Coast, the V8 Supercars are in town. A chance for "bromance" in the form of a boys weekend away, or even a break for the family, where wives can go shopping leaving dad with the kids, safe in the knowledge that he will be so engrossed with the racing that he won't notice the credit card bill until it's too late.
The Armour All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars runs from the 21st-23rd of October, and would rank as one of the most important events on the Gold Coast calendar, both in terms of tourism dollars and international prestige.
Previously known as Indycar Racing Gold Coast, the carnival was re-branded to become the V8 Supercars in 2010, as Formula 1 racing was no longer part of the event. Along with the name change the Gold Coast City Council introduced new legislation banning nudity, which Indycar Racing had previously become famous for worldwide. Motorhead's everywhere were distraught, but the council went ahead with their plans to make the V8 Supercars a more family orientated event.
Instead the focus became the dazzling display of racing from some of the most experienced drivers on a global scale. Attending the V8 Supercars is a once in a lifetime experience.
Peering through the safety barriers the heat rising from the tracks gives you the hazy sensation of looking into a mirage. The throaty roar of the V8's holds you spellbound, held in check by the skillful hands of the drivers, who know even they will never tame these beasts. As the cars vye for pole position, sliding into gaps barely imperceptible to the crowds of onlookers, you feel like you are watching a wild game of jenga and you know someone is going to lose, money, shattered bones, their lives, the stakes are high.
Even for someone like myself who is motorspeak illiterate, apart from asking my husband mundane question's like, where the petrol, oil and water are supposed to go and if my old Camry should be getting speed wobbles when it hits 100kph, you can't help but get drawn into the atmosphere and exhilaration of the V8 Supercars.
There are a range of ticket options for the champagne set right through to the Castlemaine XXXX connoisers. Also for the hardcore party animals, the popular "Rock and Race" pass, with a line-up including the Potbelleez, Bliss-n-Esso and the Hoodoo Guru's. And if you get tired of the crowds, a stones throw from your doorstep are some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches that Australia can boast.