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TT tops the gay vote

Top pick: The Audi TT roadster headed a field a of 10 in Gay Car Of The Year.

Audi’s roadster wins Gay Car Of The Year

31 Aug 2004

THE gays of Australia have voted the Audi TT Roadster as their choice for the inaugural Gay Car of The Year- Peoples choice.

The Audi TT Roadster topped the voting registering almost a quarter of the votes cast at the GAYAZ Expo which was held at the Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Buildings on May 21-23. The Mazda RX8 came a close second.

The 10 contenders were displayed over the three days of the GAYAZ Expo which attracted 13,000 people. Close to 10 per cent of those attending voted for the award.

The 10 contenders for the award were Audi Allroad, Audi A4 Cabriolet, Audi TT Roadster, Mazda RX8, Mazda3 SP23, Mitsubishi Outlander, Ford Territory TX AWD, Ford Fiesta, Holden Monaro CV8 and Holden Astra Convertible.

Melbourne motoring journalist David McCarthy who organized the award said that he wanted to follow up on the success of last years MCV Queer Car of The Year Award (which was won by the Mazda RX8) by giving the public the opportunity to vote in their own award.

MCV, which has had a motoring section for four years, is Melbourne’s leading Gay and Lesbian free to street newspaper.

Mr McCarthy said "I thought it would be a style thing, but it wasn't. People were really getting into it.

“In a way they voted with their heart, but they also asked for information. They wanted to know about fuel economy, resale value and the other cost-of-ownership details.

“Many of those who voted were appreciative of the fact that manufacturers were prepared to display their vehicles in a predominantly gay and lesbian environment."

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