Business houses relish extra custom
The fever surrounding Speed On Tweed seems to be getting to everyone, especially Murwillumbah business houses.
Even stores such as Murwillumbah's Leading Edge Electronics are attracting extra customers from the influx of tourists as the town revs up for the festival.
Some simply want a closer look at the Lotus 18 formula junior 1960 racing car on display in the shop.
"Lots of people come in to check out the digital cameras, memory cards or batteries for their cameras," said senior sales assistant Ken McAndrew.
Further along the street, Shell's on Broadway proprietor Shelley Leape says, "everyone's in party mood!".
Ms Leape has plenty to celebrate ? when she gets time ? with the festival luring hundreds of new customers. She is preparing to cater for 80 people dining on and around the new deck in front of her cafe during the festival's Main Street al fresco dinner on Saturday, and expects an extremely busy Friday night.
"We didn't know what to expect last year, but we know what we are in for this time," she said.
"Everyone is getting really excited and the while atmosphere is really good. It's going to be a fun weekend."