Six and 48

Last Saturday, with thirty minutes to spare before a dozen kiddies arrived to celebrate my nephew’s sixth birthday, a Hendrick Motorsports hauler pulled up to the house. Inside? A life-sized replica of Jimmie Johnson’s #48 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car.

But perhaps the story is best told in pictures, (which you can click on to enlarge):

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The show car was slowly and carefully unloaded using a cable and hydraulics.

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Show cars usually don’t have motors, so “Jimmie’s car” was pushed up the driveway.

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The car was polished and positioned in place just as the first guests arrived.

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All of my nephew’s friends had a chance to sit in the race car and get their pictures taken. (The grown-ups did, too!)

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With each guest’s turn behind the wheel, there was a new wave of chatter, curiosity, and excitement.

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This is what it looked like from behind the wheel of the #48 show car.

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Although the car didn’t have a racing motor, it did have some impressive parts under the hood.

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NASCAR show cars travel the country to promote racing and race teams.  This particular show car just got back from a promotions event in Michigan.

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Eddie and Cameron (representatives for the promotions company) made the NASCAR experience memorable.

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The rain held off most of the morning but eventually rolled in…

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…then the #48 show car rolled on to the next gig.

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