Speed fever hits Tweed
By NADINE FISHER
YOU can almost smell the octane in the air.
The countdown is well and truly on for Speed on Tweed and Murwillumbah businesses couldn't be happier with the pitstops being made by festival-goers.
This year's three-day festival, starting Friday, is shaping up to be the biggest yet with organisers thrilled by support of businesses and the community.
Festival director Roger Ealand said he was expecting at least 20,000 spectators to attend and had recruited a small army of 400 volunteers to help ensure things ran smoothly. He said he was delighted with the number of volunteers, considering the size of the town.
He was also excited with the amount of interest which Speed On Tweed was drawing from both around Australia and overseas.
"We have a group of 109 spectators coming from New Zealand, at least two from the UK, a busload from Canberra and a lot from Victoria and Tasmania," Mr Ealand said.
"It's a first-class event set in a beautiful part of the world - combining great motor racing, fine dining and fantastic entertainment - together this is what makes it special."
Mr Ealand said this year's event would include cars worth in excess of $30 million.
"We will have old Australian winners of various racing events reunited with their cars for the first time in 30 years. This special event will take place at lunchtime in the centre of the pits at the showground on both Saturday and Sunday," he said.
And Mr Ealand urged people to bring a chair and picnic down to the main street on Saturday night to enjoy the free entertainment. "Where else can you find such an extraordinary event that combines sport and culture. We're really showing off the best sides of Murwillumbah to the rest of Australia."