SCORES of athletics fans flocked to Nottingham’s Nissan dealership at the weekend for a chance to meet Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead MBE.
The Paralympic Games legend was guest of honour at the Abbeyfield dealership on Saturday as it celebrated its first birthday celebrations and marked the fact that next month it will be a year to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Nottingham-born Whitehead – a London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist and Nissan brand ambassador – took time to pose for photographs, sign autographs and chat about his preparations for Rio.
Visitors were also treated to afternoon tea on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and dozens of deals across the Nissan range.
Speaking afterwards, Richard said: “Nissan is being so supportive of Team GB and ParalympicsGB in the build-up to Rio and so it was great to be on the frontline chatting to customers at my local dealership.
“It’s always great to meet people and chat to them about my athletics and hopefully some of them left inspired to participate in more sport themselves.”
Gary Dighton, General Manager at Sandicliffe Nissan Nottingham, said: “Our new dealership is one of the largest Nissan outlets in Europe and so we really wanted to go to town and do something special to celebrate its first birthday.
“It was a real honour for us to have Richard along. Everyone was thrilled to meet him and he’s so inspirational.”
Richard Whitehead’s appearance at Sandicliffe Nissan was arranged as part of Nissan’s role as the Official Automotive Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
As part of this, Nissan has launched their ‘Be the heartbeat of Britain’ campaign, which will unite fans behind British athletes, celebrating their passion and engaging the nation in the build up to the Games.
Fans can follow the campaign through the hashtag #UniteAndExcite or at www.nissan.co.uk/uniteandexcite