ALL eyes were on Griffith couple Shane and India Clarke when they tied the knot at Mount Panorama in Bathurst on Wednesday.
The race officials were the centre of national media attention for their special day as the red carpet was rolled out in Pit Lane, just days before the most famous race in Australian motor sport.
The couple exchanged their vows in front of other racing fans and volunteers, as well as V8 Ute and V8 Supercar drivers, before India threw her bouquet off the Bathurst 1000 podium.
Mr Clarke said he was amazed the story of their wedding had been broadcast across the nation.
“It was very different and unique,” Mr Clarke said of the wedding.
“(India) was a bit apprehensive about (getting married at Mount Panorama) at first, but (judging by) the look on her face (on Wednesday), she was amazed by it all.
“When I saw India, I was almost in tears.
“We’re both excited. It was a very hectic day.”
With a passion for motorsport, the couple has been attending race events together since they met at their local fruit and vegetable shop in 2006.
The groom surprised his true love on Tuesday when he presented her with a new engagement ring.
Afterwards, Ms Clarke and her bridesmaids, Angela Currie and Nichole Webb, swapped their campsites for a hotel room for some pre-wedding pampering.
They were escorted to Pit Lane in V8 Race Utes Wednesday afternoon, where they met Mr Clarke and his best man Sean Currie.
The groom’s seven-year-old son Isaac was the pageboy.
Shane and India were married by former Jesus Racing Team member “Revhead” Reverend Steve Peach.
Mr Clarke thanked his mother for her assistance in the lead up to the big day.
- with the Western Advocate.