With only 30 days to go until the Gold Coast 600, two of Australia’s most iconic brands are preparing to join forces.

Surf Life Saving Queensland will be the official charity partner with the V8s, and they’re hoping the publicity can help take their surf safety message around the world.

Grace Duckham reports.

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Surf Life Savers are patrolling a matter of metres from where the V8 cars will be racing.

And for event organisers, the partnership is the perfect fit.

Shane Howard, Gold Coast 600 General Manager: “We’ve chosen surf life saving because it’s just such an iconic brand and an iconic service in Queensland looking after all our locals and our tourists.”

The money raised from the event will buy much needed equipment and help Queensland’s lifesavers keep our beaches safe.

With 18 international drivers competing at this year’s event Surf Life Saving Queensland is hoping to take their message to a global audience.

Stuart Hogben, SLSQ Gold Coast Regional Coordinator: “We’ll have plenty of people out there collecting and at the same time people are donating and we’ll have community trailers set up at the site obviously giving the surf safety message.”

There are only thirty days to go and the three day event promises to be a highlight on the championship calendar, with a host of world class Formula one drivers joining the Aussies.

The race track is almost two kilometres shorter this year but drivers say it won’t affect their performance.

Alex Davison, V8 Supercar Driver: “All the most exciting parts of the track and all the things we all love about racing on the Gold Coast circuit and all the things the fans love about seeing the cars race around the circuit’s exactly the same.”

The three day event kicks off on October 22nd.

Grace Duckham, QUT News.