The sights, sounds and smells of Formula 1 will hit the Victorian town of Shepparton as part of the build-up to the 2013 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, with the rural centre getting set to host the famous Swisse F1x2 Seater cars to thrill local motorsport fans.
The arrangement is a joint venture between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Greater Shepparton City Council, with diaries locked in for a visit from the Formula 1 circus on Saturday 9 March, one week before the 2013 season gets underway.
The two-seater Formula 1 car will be piloted by former V8 Supercars driver Cameron McConville, who will take the 750bhp machine up and down High Street before entertaining thousands more spectators at the Shepparton Showgrounds later on.
“Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley area have always been great supporters of our event, so we are delighted to be able to bring Formula One to the region and put on an exhilarating show,” the AGPC’s General Manager of Motorsport and Entertainment, Craig Fletcher, said in today’s announcement.
“The support of regional Victoria is very important to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, so this is our way of saying thank you.”
One of the lucky passengers in the F1x2 Seater will be Shepparton mayor, Councilor Jenny Houlihan, who said: “I encourage residents to come down and check out the Formula One car as well as the other activities which will be happening as part of this festival.”
More specific details of the Shepparton visit will be announced in due course.