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Monday, 22 October 2018

2018 Gold Coast 600

Dr. Vincent Wan


The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 was back on the weekend from the 19 to 21 October 2018.  The annual event brought Supercars motor racing to the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on the Gold Coast again.  The main event was awesome, but there was much to do and see this year on top of it.

There was interesting viewing in the support categories.  The East Coast Bullbars SuperUtes Series showed off dual-cab, turbo diesel utes.  The Aussie Racing Cars Series displayed small size cars with powerful engines going at 200kph.  The Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series provided a chance to see genuine ex-V8 Supercars.  It was good to see the new model Porsche 911 GT3 in the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup.

The Pit Lane Walk allowed a behind the scenes look at teams and drivers preparing for the race from the pit.  There was also an opportunity to tour the Hot Wheels and Hi-Torque Performance Factory where all the Hot Wheels toys are made.

There were also some amazing stunt shows.  Matt Mingay’s notorious Hot Wheels Stunt Team performed spectacular and highly dangerous motorbike stunts.  The Showtime Freestyle Moto X Team thrilled with their aerial stunts.  The Flair Freestyle Trial Riders Show showcased trial motorcycles and bicycles being pushed to their limits.  The Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler flew over the starting grid, performing incredible acrobatics at low levels.  Water powered jetpack, board and bikes were also on display along the waterways.

The Broadwater Sounds Concert featured the ARIA award winning Sheppard followed by international rock acts, +Live+ and Foreigner.  There was also a Late Night Pitstop Party at Cocktails Nightclub in Surfers Paradise for those wanting to stay up late.

When there’s racing, there’s also beautiful grid girls.  The 2018 Miss Supercars Race Team National Final was a chance to see some beautiful girls compete for the title of Miss Supercars.