Gold car brings Olympic celebration to Alnwick

An all-gold Nissan car rolled into Alnwick this week as part of a nationwide celebration of Team GB's success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and to show support for the ParalympicsGB athletes this month.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 9th September 2016, 12:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:30 pm
The gold Nissan Leaf calls in at Blackshaws of Alnwick.
The gold Nissan Leaf calls in at Blackshaws of Alnwick.

The specially-commissioned version of the all-electric Leaf visited Blackshaws at the Lionheart Business Park as part of a celebratory tour organised by Nissan, the official automotive partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

Staff at the Nissan dealership used the visit to record their own message of congratulations for Team GB’s returning heroes and to send their best wishes to ParalympicsGB’s competitors, including Northumberland's Stephen Miller.

The gold Leaf that visited Alnwick was officially unveiled by legendary Olympian and Nissan brand ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy.

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An identical gold Leaf will be presented to all Nissan’s athlete ambassadors who win a gold medal in Rio in honour of their achievement. So far, recipients include the double gold winning gymnast, Max Whitlock and the rower George Nash.

William Blackshaw, dealer principal at Blackshaws Nissan, said: “Everyone at the dealership has been glued to their TV screens throughout the Olympic Games as it really feels like we played some small part in it all. We are excited for even more British success as ParalympicsGB go on to compete in Rio this month.

“For that reason we were delighted to have the gold Nissan Leaf visit the dealership and to be able to send our messages of congratulations and good luck to all of the athletes who make the country so proud.”