Some of the most popular drivers in Bristol during August race week never actually compete at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Fans may not know their names but they certainly recognize the colorful vehicles they pilot as they make their way to Bristol Motor Speedway for the hugely popular Ford/Bristol Motor Speedway Transporter Parade.

One of a number of entertaining and fun-filled events that take place at BMS during August race week, the Transporter Parade, which is Thursday evening, Aug. 25, is definitely a fan favorite.

Thousands of fans in the area for the four NASCAR races at BMS that week come out early, staking their claim on their chosen viewing position along the 10-mile route from the Bristol Mall to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Many of the haulers also will carry a child from either the Make A Wish Foundation or the Children’s Miracle Network.

The parade will start at 9 p.m. at the Bristol Mall, following completion of downtown Bristol’s Food City Family Race Night. More than 60 haulers will then make their way from the mall down Volunteer Parkway to BMS.

A reception for BMS season ticket holders will take place at 4:30 p.m. while the transporter drivers will be introduced at 7:45 p.m.

The transporter drivers will be available prior to the start of the parade to sign autographs at the Bristol Mall. Children attending the event will be able to enjoy a “5-In-1 Sport” jump playhouse.

Race week at BMS kicks off Aug. 24 with a doubleheader that features the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race, and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event. The Food City 250 Nationwide Series race takes place Friday night, Aug. 26.

Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129.

Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $25 in advance of the race and $30 Aug. 24.

Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.

To purchase tickets, fans may contact the BMS ticket office at 1-855-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL.