The Road Ahead : June July 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 72 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 WHAT DO YOU get if you cross Queensland's largest club with the legends of Australian motorsport and wildlife from across the globe? A weekend to remember. To coincide with Father's Day, RACQ will be holding the inaugural RACQ Australia Zoom weekend on September 6 and 7 to celebrate all things on four legs and four wheels. It is an event never seen before in Queensland, showcasing Australian motorsport against the unique backdrop of Australia Zoo. The purpose of the event is simple -- to support the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and give RACQ members an experience unlike any other. RACQ Chief Executive Officer Operations Glenn Toms said the creation of RACQ Australia Zoom was an extension of a long-standing relationship between the Club and Australia Zoo. "We've entered into a five-year partnership with Australia Zoo and decided to create an annual member event at the Zoo, the beneficiary of which will be the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors charity," Mr Toms said. "This unique event will create an exclusive opportunity for our members to attend the Zoo on the Father's Day weekend in September. "We will have a large range of interactive motorsport displays, drivers and race cars from all major motorsport categories. A display of this size, with a great range of new and historic race cars, has never been done before within the grounds of a zoo. "Tickets are limited and can only be purchased through RACQ, either online or at one of our branches. Tickets are priced at the usual discounted member rate for zoo entry and sales have now commenced, so purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment." The Irwin family -- Terri, Bindi and Robert -- will present Australia Zoo's world-famous Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum twice each day over the Australia Zoom weekend, which will also feature Dick Johnson Racing V8 Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup cars, off-road rally cars, sprint cars, an amazing display of historic Australian touring cars from the Bowden family collection based in Buderim, CAMS race simulators, go karts and race transporters, just for starters. Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin, as a way to involve people in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. Projects include the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and conservation projects to protect Tasmanian Devils, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, orang-utans, black rhinos, cheetah and sea turtles. "RACQ Australia Zoom is the ultimate Father's Day gift that promises to be a day to remember for all the family," Mr Toms said. racq.com MEMBER ESSENTIALS | FEATURE putting the zoom into australia zoo IT WILL BE A FATHER'S DAY QUITE UNLIKE ANY OTHER FOR RACQ MEMBERS THIS YEAR, WITH THE LAUNCH OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN THE CLUB'S HISTORY -- RACQ AUSTRALIA ZOOM. STORY DEB ECCLESTON This unique event will create an exclusive opportunity for our members to attend the Zoo on the Father's Day weekend in September. IMAGE: PORSCHE CARRERA CUP CARS WILL BE AMONG A HOST OF MOTORSPORT ON SHOW AT RACQ AUSTRALIA ZOOM.