Supercars rev into town ahead of "Supersprint"
With horns blaring $2 million worth of V8 transporters, trailers and equipment rolled through the CBD signalling the start of the Ipswich Coates Hire Supersprint at noon.
People lined the streets waving flags and cheering as the convoy made its way from Queensland Raceway, past Lobley Park and into the Ipswich Mall.
Some of those same people queued up to meet their favourite drivers at Coates Hire on Lobb St just before the convoy.
There a steady stream of fans filed past a table where James Courtney, Scott Pye, Shane van Gisbergen, Chaz Mostert, Will Davidson, Nick Percat, Fabian Coulthard and Andre Heimgartner signed autographs and posed for photos.
Lissa Spires from Logan took her son Bently, 3, to meet Chaz Mostert.
"We're big Chaz fans. We've been following the V8s since he was a baby and since I was born. Chaz was his first word."
Fans had anything from model cars, posters and newspaper clippings to be signed.
Huge V8 fan, Rob Eldring from Raceview was carrying an air induction unit for a car and a few posters.
But that's not the only memorabilia he owns, he has about 7000 pictures and posters at home.
Although his all time favourite driver Craig Lowndes was not at the signing he wasn't worried, he met Lowndes last night at a signing event at Autobarn.
"I've got a back seat full of posters," he admitted.
While he's a Holden buff, his wife Kathryn is a Ford fan which creates a bit of tension at home.
They were heading to the track after the convoy.
"My mates in the Red Bull truck," he said.
Ben Nightingale Media Manager for the V8s said the transporters clocked up around 50,000km a year travelling to race meets around the country.
This time none of the supercar drivers were behind the wheel but in previous convoys Jamie Whincup, who has his truck licence has.
"They're big, shining, spectacular, great looking trucks. It's a big deal for towns that don't often get to see them often," he said.