A colourful sea of motor racing fans lined the Bathurst CBD's streets yesterday to welcome the 52 drivers set to take on Mount Panorama this weekend.
The annual Driver and Transporter Parade provides an opportunity for locals and race fans alike to officially welcome Supercars teams to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
For seasoned Bathurst visitors, the event launched another annual pilgrimage to the Mount, while for first-time attendees, it served as an apt teaser for the action to come.
Sydney's Frances Bluhdorn has attended the race regularly since the mid-1970s, but this year marked her first appearance at the parade.
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"Bathurst is the mecca of motor sport, and I'm looking forward to cheering Will Davison to a third title," Ms Bluhdorn said.
Taree's Adrian Gibbons, who has attended the race for 35 years, said the parade has become a more recent tradition for him and his mates.
"For the last two decades, the parade has been part of the parcel for our Bathurst experience, and we usually go for lunch and a beer at the Knickerbocker Hotel afterwards," Mr Gibbons said.
Local Red Bull Holden Racing Team fan Scott De Roover said the parade was "a great way for the community to get into the spirit of race week."