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Townsville truck fans turn out in force for transporter parade

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A convoy of 20 flashy B-doubles, which transport V8 Supercars for events around Australia, took part in the annual transporter parade in Townsville today.

They left the marshalling area at Webb Driver the Bohle at 11.50am.

Their 40km route was along Ingham Rd, down Shaw Rd, Hervey’s Range Rd, Ross River Rd and Charters Towers Rd and into Boundary Street before finishing at Reid Park.

It was two days before the NTI Townsville 500 events commenced at the Reid Park Street Circuit.

An estimated 16,000 men, women and children lined the streets as the trucks cruised past.

The trucks set off from a marshalling area along Webb Drive in the Bohle Industrial suburb for the 40km journey at noon.

They were led by a police escort with flashing lights.

Children and adults held flags and the drivers of the trucks pomped their horns in response.

The V8 event injects millions of dollars into the Townsville community.

It was a great effort to host the event as Townsville was placed in lockdown the week before for three days due to Covid-19.

Big Rigs was there and spoke to Paul Eddy who drives a Freightliner for Brad Jones racing.

“I am giving the truck a clean and I come from Albury. Us drivers like this convoy and seeing so many people out,” he  said.

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Paul Eddy cleans his truck at the marshalling area.

A day before the parade Big Rigs caught up with two of the drivers at the BP Cluden roadhouse as they prepared for the event.

One of those, Robert Davis drives a flashy Mercedes Benz Actros for Porsche Carrera and transport V8 supercars for events around the country.

Davis, 58, rates the  Mercedes highly because of its performance and  comfort.

I asked him which of the Supercar events  around Australia he enjoyed the most.

“It would have to be  Darwin and Townsville because the people get right behind it,” he said.

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