But wait, there's more V8 Action off the track

Race-goers can enjoy just as much excitement off the track during the weekend as on it.

Fans will get the chance to meet drivers like Craig Lowndes at sessions in Queen St tomorrow and at Pukekohe during the weekend.Picture / Getty Images
Fans will get the chance to meet drivers like Craig Lowndes at sessions in Queen St tomorrow and at Pukekohe during the weekend.Picture / Getty Images

QUEEN ST PIT STOPS

When Tomorrow, 11am-4pm

Where Auckland CBD

See www.aucklandnz.com/v8supercars/queen-st

The central city roars to life with four pit stop experiences along Auckland's main drag. The pit stops will be located at Queen Elizabeth Square; outside Downtown Shopping Centre; Fort St; Vulcan Lane. Drivers will be on site between 11am-1pm.

FAMILY ZONE

Where Inside Gate 2

When All three days

Relax on the large grassed area and watch the action on the big screen, or get involved in rides, amusements, food outlets and entertainment for all ages.

Bigger kids can try out the 8m super slide on the outside of the track at Turn 9.

FAN TRAIL

Where Pukekohe Station to Raceway

When Saturday and Sunday

Heaps to check out, including smash-a-car competitions, car simulator games, street performers, classic V8 muscle cars and more.

The 1.5km route can be walked in 20 minutes, but it's recommend you allow 30 to 45 minutes; from 7am-10am and 5pm-7pm on both days.

PEPSI PLATFORM

Where Inside the Hairpin overlooking Turn 5

When All three days

Pepsi will give small groups of selected guests the opportunity to travel up the lift for unobstructed viewing of the circuit below them.

MERCHANDISE ALLEY

Where Between Gates 2 and 3

When All three days

DISNEY-PIXAR FUN ZONE

When Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

Where Inside Gate 2

Little Cars fans can try the two-track giant inflatable slide and jumping castle; young cowgirls and boys can test their skills in Toy Story's Lasso Challenge; get lost in the Monsters University maze; or chill out in the Finding Nemo 3D Movie Dome.

STRIKEMASTER JET

When Saturday and Sunday morning, Sunday Race Grid

Where Look to the sky!

BEACH HOP CLASSICS AND HOT RODS

Where Beside the Family Zone

When Saturday and Sunday

60 prizewinning hot rods and classic cars from the annual Whangamata Beach Hop on display, and parading on-track on Sunday.

GARDEN BARS

Where Chill-out Zone above Turn 11 bleachers

When All three days

The Jim Beam Garden Bar will overlook the Grid Girl Stage and big screen; the Tui Garden Bar with live bands will be on the the fringes of the Chill-out Zone.

DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SIGNING

Where Rear of V8 Supercar Garages (paddock pass required)

When Saturday 2.35pm-2.55pm; Sunday 8.30am-8.55am

Pre-purchase your tickets including paddock pass or upgrade at the circuit.

HARLEY DAVIDSON PARADE

When Saturday

Over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles from Waikato and Auckland take part in a parade lap with attitude.

ON TRACK COMMENTARY

When All three days

Tune into 88.3 FM to hear what's happening on and off the track. You can also listen to team frequencies through a scanner radio - the frequency list will be available on the website.

THE FASTEST INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Where Merchandise Alley

When All three days

Used in The World's Fastest Indian, a perfect replica of Burt Munro's 1920s Indian motorcycle.

BRITTEN V1000 MOTORCYCLE

Where Merchandise Alley

When All three days

Designed and built by the late John Britten in Christchurch, the revolutionary, Daytona-winning bike will be on display before lapping the raceway at race pace, ridden by Andrew Stroud.

THE POSSUM BOURNE PROJECT

Where Merchandise Alley

When All three days

The Subaru of Pukekohe's favourite son, the late Possum Bourne.

SUPPORT CATEGORIES

NZ V8 Sedans will take to the track for their 2013 season finale. Old races against new when new generation cars take to the circuit at the same time as the original Ford and Holden V8s, both fighting for separate titles in the same race.

Traditional American Muscle Cars will battle in their third and final round for 2013. Pioneering a new class manufactured between 1958-78, with innovative technical regulations, the series boasts the likes of Mustangs, Camaros, Toranas and HQs.

The fast and competitive NZ V8 Utes are sure to provide some fierce and door-banging racing in a Transtasman Challenge. In its fifth year as a championship category, 16 of New Zealand's top V8 Ute drivers will line the grid ready to battle for championship points and take on the Aussies.

Some of NZ's fastest cars will line the GT Sports Sedans grid. This will see a full field of cars with no power limits - ex-supercars against Transams, V8s against Turbos.



V8 Supercars

- NZ Herald

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