V8 champ Whincup revs up fans in Lismore
A HUGE day of celebration went down at Autobarn Lismore on Saturday as Jamie Whincup came to town to help the Autobarn team celebrate the grand opening of their new store.
Among the display of stunning car set ups, pumping music, and barbecue out the front of the store, plus face-painting and other exciting lures inside the store, Mr Whincup was the main attraction.
The five-time - and reigning - V8 supercars champion made his first ever visit to Lismore and was greeted by a huge line up of keen fans, young and old, ready to have a poster or lucky item signed by Mr Whincup at the new Autobarn store on Brewster Street near McDonalds.
"This is my first time in Lismore, it's been really good," Mr Whincup said.
He said he did a "main-y" through the town earlier in the day in his discreet Holden Commodore and liked what he saw of the Lismore CBD.
He was also very pleased to help Autobarn, one of his Red Bull Racing team's sponsors, celebrate their big day.
"It's nice to come and see our friends here at Autobarn," he said.
Mr Whincup came out into the store to meet and greet all the V8 Supercars fans - of which there were many, to no surprise to the celebrity.
"Country people love their cars and tinkering with them," he said.
Young Casino kids Emaleigh, six, and Daniel Keogh, eight and Lismore boy Ryley Bywater, five were the first to meet Mr Whincup and said they were so excited to have done so.
Store owner Steve Fernance said it was great to have Mr Whincup in town to help them introduce their new store to the public.
The much larger premises, which has been in operation for two weeks now, has received a lot of positive feedback from customers, Mr Fernance said.
Many people had commented on the larger space, the wider aisles and easy-to-navigate nature of the store.
"Plus the carpark downstairs and the elevator to reach the store had been given the thumbs up, he said.
Autobarn, which has been open for over six years in Lismore, were very happy to be able to offer this new store to the Northern Rivers community, Mr Fernance said