F1 to hit the streets again

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC), the now-traditional hosts of the opening race of the Formula 1 championship, will mark the tenth anniversary of the Melbourne race with a street parade along the lines of last year's Regent St, London, event, this time featuring both F1 and V8 Supercars, on Wednesday 2 March.

F1 to hit the streets again

A circuit has been prepared to highlight some of Melbourne's landmarks, including the Town Hall and the Arts Centre, and will take in the block comprising Swanston, Flinders, Russell and Collins Streets before heading up St Kilda Road.

"It's going to be a very special celebration next month," AGPC boss Ron Walker stated at the announcement of the long-planned event. "We will have the People's Day, with free general admission to the track on the Thursday (3 March), but this street parade is about bringing the Grand Prix to the very heart of this great city, to celebrate our 10 years."

"A street parade like this provides a unique opportunity to showcase our great city to a massive global audience like never before," Melbourne Lord Mayor Mark So said. "It will also attract thousands of people to the city. Over half a million people flocked to the centre of London last year to witness a similar display of F1 action. Melbourne's street parade is expected to attract 200,000 people."

The first running of the Melbourne race was in 1996, and it has been the season opener every year of its existence. The Australian Grand Prix had been run for the previous eleven seasons as the final race, in Adelaide.

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