EXCITEMENT is building for the first-ever superboats' race at Hervey Bay.
As one of the sleek machines sat in pride of place in front of the Hervey Bay Boat Club, community members of all ages were delighted to pose for photos or have a chat with owner and "throttleman" Conn Saloumidis.
Conn was also feeling excited to be on the Fraser Coast for this weekend's race, and thanked the Fraser Coast for the support which has come from everyone from schoolkids, to businesses to the council.
He said he hoped the race could become an annual fixture, to grow to the size of other superboat events such as Newcastle, which last year attracted 20,000 visitors who spent about $400,000 in the local economy in one weekend.
Conn said the sheltered conditions of Hervey Bay were ideal for the boats.
"It's the best place you could ask for," he said.
Conn's boat, SUV Dodge Ram, will race at about 180km/h.