V8 Supercars legend Jamie Whincup has done the absolute lot.
The seven-time series champion and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner was at Numurkah yesterday afternoon, imparting his wisdom on the Goulburn Valley Kart Club’s crop of rising stars.
The link with the superstar was set up through his Holden sponsorship, with the manufacturer’s Home Ground Advantage program granting the club $12000 to renovate its facilities.
The program gives money to grassroots sporting organisation to help them grow.
Club secretary Ben Dealy said the young karters had been buzzing all week at the prospect of meeting the great man.
‘‘They’re over the moon, they’re very excited to have him here,’’ Dealy said.
‘‘They watch him every month on TV and he’s come here and they’re over the moon, we’re very lucky to have him.
‘‘Jamie was here to talk to the kids and to put on a demonstration and drive a go-kart.’’
The 35-year-old resembled the Pied Piper as he walked the Numurkah track, with swathes of ecstatic kids hot on his tail.
The cash the club has received will be primarily used to rev up its canteen as it continues to grow to meet surging demand.
‘‘The club has grown, we had nine members four years ago and now we’ve got 75,’’ Dealy said.
‘‘We’re the fifth biggest go-kart club in Victoria and we’re lucky enough to get a Holden grant, and they’ve given us $12000 to renovate our canteen.
‘‘We’re the oldest go-kart club in Australia, we were established in 1959 and we’re still here today.
‘‘We’re growing so fast we need to keep up with our facilities.’’
Dealy added any potential karters looking to get involved in the club could find all relevant information on the Goulburn Valley Kart Club Facebook.