21st Jan – 5 hours before night 1 starts

As part of The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic lead-up festivities, organisers hold a special Fan Appreciation Day in the carpark of The Flying Horse Hotel in Warrnambool each year.

It’s always run on the morning of the first night of racing and a host of local, interstate and overseas drivers attend. Some are interviewed by Gavin White (Premier Speedway’s Resident Commentator) while beamed live on the big screen, while others drag their haulers to the venue and showcase their race cars. It’s a great opportunity for the crowd to get up close with the Drivers, have a chat, grab an autograph and even purchase some of the special merchandise on offer.

This year the crowd was the biggest I have seen. There would have been 2000 people in attendance when I was there, and the total number would have been far greater as people come and go during the 2 hour window.

Here’s some pictures from this morning’s display.

The Old Bill Wigzell "Suddenly" was on display

Victorian Driver Stephen Bell unveiled a Tribute Car to "Suddenly" that incorporates the same livery - Belly will race that tonight

Stephen Bell and Team Members pose in front of the Tribute Car

USA's Jonathon Allard being interviewed by Gavin White

Shortly after the unveiling of the "Suddenly" Tribute car stage left, the James McFadden "Classic" car was unveiled - It attracted a truckload of interest !

The James McFadden car looks stunning in it's silver hi-light vinyl wrap

The Displays attracted great spectator interest

A sea of people enjoyed the Fan Appeciation "Spread"

WA's Shaun Bradford and Ian Woods amoung the crowd

Danny Smith paid tribute to the Great Garry Rush during his interview. This will be Danny's 24th "Classic" - an incredible record

"Torque Tuber" Paul Griffin wishes Garry Brazier all the best for tonights 1st night. Brazier will run a brand new Maxim Chassis tonight

Mitch Dumesny is ready to rumble tonight

WA's Carl Dowling and Nick Lacey share a laugh at the function

19 year old USA sensation Kyle Larson will race "The Classic"

Kyle Larson's racecar on display

The Crowd were entertained by the live interviews

NQ #25 James McFadden during his interview

James McFadden caps off his interview with his now trademark " WIGGLE"


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