Mack the Truck was a popular drawcard during the convoy.
Mack the Truck was a popular drawcard during the convoy.

The superstars of supercars

MORE than 15,000 men, women and children lined the streets of Townsville to watch a convoy of 18 flashy trucks which carry V8 Supercars travel through the city.

Known as the Transporter Convoy, the convoy trucks gathered at Webb Drv.

Big Rigs was there and spoke to numerous drivers, supporters and members of the public.

Mick Shortus was there in his Western Star which he drives for Tekno Autosports and said he had been to Darwin for the V8 event.

"I went back to my home town of Brisbane and now I'm here and I really love Townsville," he said.

Many of the drivers were cleaning and polishing their state of the art trucks before the convoy started.

One was 51-year-old Wes Davis who drives a beautiful red Mack Trident known as Mack the Truck from the smash hit Cars franchise.

Victorian-based Brian Franken drives a 2010 Freightliner Argosy for the iSelect team and said he loves the convoy which is in its fourth year.

"I have always wanted to be in Big Rigs but never met one of your reporters," he said.

At noon the convoy drove off with a police escort and over Blakey's Crossing and other streets before cruising into Thuringowa Drv, Ross River Rd and Charters Towers Rd.

Thousands of people along the route cheered and the truck drivers pumped their horns in appreciation and the convoy was broadcast on Radio 4TO.

The trucks then headed into Boundary St into the precinct area near the Reid Park track.

Townsville Olympian Peter Crawford led the parade, followed by Townsville Fire's Captain Rachel Flanagan, 4TO Breakfast Show host Steve Price, Ronald McDonald Children and Dale Stockham, a Sucrogen Operations Engineer at Invicta Mill.

The V8 Supercars racing was held from July 6-8.

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