Words and Images: Paul Griffin
Australia’s biggest Sprintcar Race, the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is well supported by a host of satellite feed activities and events.
One of those events is the Fan Appreciation Day which is held in the rear car park of the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery on eastern fringe of Warrnambool on the main highway into town .
The View of the 2017 GASC Fan Appreciation Day from the Flying Horse Board Room
The event runs from 10am to 12 Noon on the Saturday (the day after Night 1) of the “Classic” weekend and gives the fans a real opportunity to get in close with the cars and the drivers.
Teams rock up with their transporters, racecars and merchandise and put on a Sprintcar visual display like no other.
Tee shirts, hoodies, stubbie holders, Sprintcar models, photos, posters, memorabilia, collectables, and giveaways are all on offer – just to name a few !!
The place gets jam packed with a shoulder to shoulder crowd of Sprintcar enthusiasts and fans.
The BIG Screen is always “on tap” with Master of Ceremonies and local Sungold Stadium commentator Gavin White conducting Driver interviews and giveaways on a huge stage.
If you are a die-hard Sprintcar fan, The 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Fan Appreciation Day is an event that is not to be missed…… and if you don’t know much about these fire breathing 900 horsepower dirt track monsters, come along —- you will learn truckloads about them and be hooked !
Here’s a glimpse of the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Fan Appreciation Day:
Gavin White as usual had the huge crowd entertained
Kerry Madsen (r) in high spirits
Bruce Stephens Racing (BSR) have built a new car for the 2017 GAS Classic assault – Brad “WAZZA” Warren will be the pilot
The BSR #91 driven by Brad Warren will be in action at Sungold Stadium tonight for N2
Brad Warren poses in front of the immaculate Bruce Stephens Racing #91 (First time out in a new Maxim)
Brad Sweet replica helmets
Harli White will be another USA hotfoot to watch tonight and Sunday night
The front row kids put their hands up for one of many Tee Shirts that Harli White tossed into the “mosh pit”
Harli White’s #10 will be in action for N2 tonight
Happy Man: James McFadden is confident of big things tonight and Sunday night
Darren Mollenouyux and his #52 that he will campaign tonight (N2)
USA Star Greg Hodnett chats with a couple of keen fans
Family Fun: The kids also had this ripper inflatable castle to entertain themselves with
This year SA’s Daniel Pestka (2nd left) is running his own car – he also has a range of replica helmets
Brad Sweet and Gavin White (L)
This fan purchased a signed Brooke Tatnell replica helmet
American Carson Macedo had the #99 partially stripped for display
Die casts were in abundance
“What can I say — I won a great race with Brad Sweet last night” – Brooke Tatnell
Gavin White interviews Brooke Tatnell – Last nights preliminary (N1) winner
The BIG Screen and stage
The Monte Motorsport Milwaukee tent was popular
Brad “WAZZA” Warren and BSR had a feast of merchandise with his new V91 Maxim
A couple of Late models were there too – they’re low and they’re long !
The immaculate N7 of Toby Bellbowen
Kids were free to enter the cabin of Sprintcars on display
A few other non-speedway classes were present as well just to add to the mix – This one a V8 Supercar
Man on a Mission : Shaun Dobson races tonight in the 2nd group of cars – Here he completes a transaction for his merchandise
Each year the Flying Horse Brewery produces a limited edition run of beer – these weren’t at the Fan Appreciation Day, but inside the pub bottle shop….Last year’s Classic winner Jamie Veal is featured on the label