Speed on TV
By HUGH KEARNEY
MURWILLUMBAH and the Tweed were put on national display yesterday with Channel 7's Sunrise broadcasting live segments about Speed on Tweed from the main street. A big crowd of locals, many dressed in black and white, turned out for the 6am program start which featured cars and characters from the fast-approaching festival of historic motor racing. In six live crosses, presenter and weather girl Monique Wright, surrounded by flag-waving locals, chatted to personalities including V8 supercar driver Russell Ingall, Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO) conductor Barry Singh, Norton 1934 race-bike owner Col Foggo, artist Robert Todonai and festival director Roger Ealand. Russell Ingall talked about the Barry Sheene Tribute, while Barry Singh, who will lead the NRSO in a free open-air concert in Main Street on Saturday night, explained the partnering of classical music and motor racing. Several cars and bikes that will be part of the weekend were also featured on the TV coverage, with Mr Foggo bump-starting his classic road racer into life to prove the old machine was there for more than show. Sunrise is broadcast Australia-wide as well as to New Zealand. The combined business chambers of Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Tweed Coast, TACTIC and the Speed on Tweed committee pooled resources to pay around $5700 to bring the program to Murwillumbah - money they said was well spent. "We couldn't have asked for better," said Paul Waters, president of the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce, who watched the morning's proceedings.