Nissan opens workshop to the public

  • 15/12/2016
  • By Courtney Callow
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Nissan Motorsport will open their workshop doors to the public this Saturday in Braeside Victoria.

What: Nissan Motorsport Open Day

Where: Nissan Motorsport, 8 Helen Kob Drive, Braeside, VIC 3195

When: Saturday, December 17; 10am - 3pm

The team will feature their four-car workshop operation for the first time since switching from Holden to Nissan in 2013. The four-car team started in 2009 taking over Perkins Engineering to add to the Kelly racing team.

Nissan Motorsport co-owner Todd Kelly said the last time we opened the workshop up to the public we weren’t Nissan, so we really need to show people what’s been happening.

“It’s gone from Holden to Nissan in that time, and we’ve basically tripled our workshop size and capability as well,” Kelly said.

The workshop will be an open house for the public to check out its 19 departments on ground and an opportunity meet Rick and Todd Kelly.

“This isn't just a chance to see behind the scenes of all those departments, but even things like our motorbikes, ski race boats and jet skis – a few other bits and pieces that we’re into outside of racing – they’ll all be there on display as well,” Kelly said.

Additionally, the day will feature hot lap give ways, a garage sale of suspension parts, body panels, team memorabilia and heavily discounted merchandise.

“We’ve got two warehouses of those parts that aren’t usable on the car anymore, through just out of life or damage. It’s really cool to be able to offer those to people at ridiculous prices – in relation to what it cost to develop – to put in their man-cave or on their office desk,” Kelly said.

“Everything is done in-house here at Nissan Motorsport. But We’ll also be clearing out all of the merchandise and memorabilia we’ve gathered from across the years”.

Kelly emphasised the day will be a provide a great opportunity to share what we are really proud of with our fans.

“It’s always interesting to give tours to people that follow the sport but haven’t been through a team before. About 95% of the people are just blown away on what it actually takes and what’s involved in running the cars,” Kelly said.

“They see what happens at events with the cars on the track and the garage, but they don’t see behind the scenes and what it takes to get to that point. It’s really exciting to be able to open the doors and show everyone that.

 “I’m really proud of what we’ve built here at Nissan Motorsport”.

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