STARSTRUCK: Keen V8 fan Zac Badham, 6, was delighted to meet Dunlop Series V8 supercar driver Aaron ‘Marathon Man’ McGill at Battery World before his last Townsville 400 this weekend.
STARSTRUCK: Keen V8 fan Zac Badham, 6, was delighted to meet Dunlop Series V8 supercar driver Aaron ‘Marathon Man’ McGill at Battery World before his last Townsville 400 this weekend. Paul Braven

Young Zac’s passion for V8s revs up at driver greet

ZAC Badham may only be six and nearly as tall as a car tyre, but he's got a unique memory when it comes to V8 supercar knowledge.

The Calliope State School student was in town doing some chores with his grandad Ian Badham yesterday when it turned out to be the best morning ever.

After getting his haircut, Zac went to Battery World with Mr Badham when he noticed a big truck parked outside.

It was the truck of V8 Dunlop driver Aaron McGill who was stopping in Gladstone on his way to the Townsville 400 event this weekend.

Zac got an exclusive tour of the truck, which had McGill's purple and yellow car mounted inside.

He hadn't seen one up that close before.

"I just wish I could look under the bonnet," he said.

"I try to make Lego models of V8 cars at home.

"They are so fast and I like the prangs on TV."

Mr Badham said Zac was 'a freak' when it came to his knowledge of V8s.

"He's got about 100 toy cars," he laughed.

"He knows all the drivers and who's winning the series."

Zac said his favourite driver was Jamie Whincup.

"My second favourite in the Dunlop series is Aaron McGill," he giggled.

But McGill, who has more starts in the Dunlop Series than any other driver, nearly didn't make it to his demonstration in Gladstone, taking a wrong shortcut from Bundaberg and losing reception.

"It just went a bit pear-shaped and we were trying to find our way back on to the Bruce Hwy and we burnt an hour doing that," he laughed.

"We then had a problem with the rear door on the truck but we got here at 9.30am."

McGill is competing in his last Townsville 400 this year, a V8 driver of 12 years.

McGill said he would miss the thrill of V8 driving.

"I grew up in the 1960s and my earliest memory of watching Bathurst in black and white was in 1973 and they were all so brave and I wanted to do it," he said.

"I enjoy the noise and ferocity of controlling something that's nearly out of control."



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