Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Surfers Paradise along the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, is home to the famous Gold Coast Indy. The name was changed in 2009 to reflect the exact location this annual event is held, so is now called the Gold Coast 600. Every year this huge festival changes it line-up of events, all based around car racing, but always includes live bands, and of course, the famous grid girls. These lovely, shapely young women are pin-up perfect and seem to go with fast cars like peas in a pod.

Held in October of every year, the Gold Coast 600 has seen a few changes since 2010. The track itself has been shortened, and the event now runs for 3 days, rather than the original 4. Part of the change is due to the deletion of Indy cars at this motor sports event. The only cars running now are V8 Supercars. There are however, side races to keep the Motorsports fans happy, like the Formula Ford races.

This is still the second longest race of the year for the V8's, and brings International drivers for groups such as NASCAR. First place in longest distance raced goes to the Bathurst 1000, held in the beginning of October. Supercheap Auto is the major sponsor for this annual race.

At night visitors can enjoy the music played at Sounds 600, the other arm of the three day event. Different bands play each night, and many travelers come for the carnival atmosphere, booking a room in a nearby hotel. There is an alcohol-free family area and different entertainment each year. Close-up views of the cars and their motors can be had by purchasing a Pit Lane Walk ticket, on one of the three days. Grid girls, also known as pit babes, are present too, and will generally pose for pictures and give autographs.

For those unfamiliar with the Gold Coast 600 racing V8 supercars, top speeds are 264 mph, with the average being 146 mph. The track is a temporary, concrete street course, which winds its way around almost 3 km. Work setting the track up begins months before the three day event. Another change to the style of this race will be going to an International format. New rules desired by the government about how many years one driver can drive the same car will also be up for rewriting. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the Internet for one or three day admission.


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