THREE Nissan Motorsport fans have won personalised race shirts after participating in a Western Advocate competition.
The custom-made shirts are the first of their kind to be produced by an Australian motorsport team.
Bathurst woman Michelle Curry was thrilled when she won a shirt.
“It’s good because no one else in the family can steal it,” she laughed.
“I actually worked for Kelly Racing in the merchandise tent about eight years ago, but there was never this sort of thing back then.”
The personalised race shirts were launched by Nissan in Townsville, and have been well received so far, with fans enjoying the ability to add a personal touch to merchandise.
Merchandise is an essential source of revenue for motor sports teams, and the shirts are one way that they can do something different.
John Lynch from Eglinton, an avid Nissan fan and longtime supporter of James Moffat, chose the Norton Hornets race shirt and placed his nickname on the back.
“I’ve been a fan of James Moffat since he started driving and I was a fan of his father, Alan as well.”
Lynch is also a devoted fan of the Bathurst 1000, attending the event around 30 times, beginning in 1977.
The avid race fan was upbeat when asked about Nissan’s prospects this year.
“A few climate issues might bring them to the head of the pack,” he said. “They perform very well in wet weather, and I think Rick and Todd Kelly could be in line for a podium finish.”
Geoff Feltham, was also a winner and proudly wore his personalised race shirt.
He has been a loyal supporter of the Kelly’s since they began racing, and is optimistic that they will finish the Bathurst 1000 in the top five or six.
Personalised shirts can be purchased at the Bathurst 1000 at the Nissan merchandise store.