Meet the stars, see the cars!
Catch all the action of the Coates Rally Queensland this weekend!
Friday 30 March
Official start party. 6 pm Coolum Beach. Rally cars on display, driver autographs, food and entertainment. The rally starts at 8 pm.
Saturday 31 March
All-day action in Imbil State forest. See the cars fly between the trees and over the jumps; great viewing in the Spectator Park. Food, drinks, parking & a free shuttle bus.
Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour. Gates open at 4.30 pm. Family fun! Grandstand viewing, cars race two-up under lights in the exciting Pacific Ford Shootout from 6.30 pm. Plus a motorsport display, Ford display. Full catering.
Sunday 1 April
The final showdown in Imbil State forest from 10 am. See Australia's fastest drivers race to the finish. Podium presentation in the Spectator Park 3 pm. Food, drinks, parking & free shuttle bus. Action & drama aplenty in the Imbil showgrounds service park.
Tickets on sale at the Coolum start, Imbil Showgrounds Service Park, Imbil Spectator Park Entry and Maroochy Showgrounds at Nambour.
Saturday: Day pass $25.00 per adult includes entry to Imbil Forest & Pacific Ford Shootout at Nambour. Pacific Ford Shootout only, $10.00 adults
Sunday: Day pass $25.00 per adult Includes entry to Pacific Ford Shootout on Saturday Night, Imbil Spectator Park & Podium finish.
Concessions available. Children under 12 free.
29 March 2007 New home for rally secures a win for tourism Maroochy
Coates Rally Queensland has secured a new long-term home in Maroochy as it prepares to burst into action for the opening of the first round of the 2007 NEC Computers Australian Rally to be held March 31 to April 1.
Marking the 12th year the event has been run on the Sunshine Coast it is expected to attract record crowds with new attractions designed to make it more exciting and accessible for spectators.
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli said he is delighted to confirm the Surfair Resort and Conference Centre at Marcoola Beach will provide operational headquarters and team's accommodation for the rally over the next five years.
"This will have a significant impact on the local economy with direct expenditure expected to be more than $1 million," he said. "The rally is particularly beneficial for local tourism operators as there is an obvious knock-on effect when an event of this stature is held in Maroochy."
Rally cars and teams began arriving on the Coast earlier this week in preparation for the championships. The event will attract the cream of Australia's rally drivers, including Toyota's defending champion, Simon Evans, and three-time champion, Neal Bates.
There will be several new attractions to encourage spectators to get involved and enjoy the festivities. A meet-the-drivers party is scheduled to kick off the event which will be held on Friday 30 March in the main street of Coolum, exhibiting around 70 of the competing cars.
The first day's competition will finish with a bang when cars come out of the Imbil State Forest and take centre stage under lights in the Pacific Ford Shootout at the Maroochy Showgrounds in Nambour on Saturday night.
"I'd like to see as many people as possible come this event where spectators will be able to get up close and see the vehicles in all their glory. I'm sure it's going to be spectacular and will be an awesome night out for the whole family."
On the final day, the event will for the first time finish in the Imbil Forest with a podium awards presentation in the park.
The event will also include a round of the Queensland Rally Championship and a special section for the popular classic rally cars.
"We are proud to support the Coates Rally Queensland and are anticipating another exhilarating event," Cr Natoli said.