If you ventured to Narellan Town Centre last weekend, chances are you spotted a car in the air – and you weren’t seeing things.
The car belongs to Toyota 86 racing series champion and Oran Park resident Tim Brook.
Mr Brook’s biggest sponsors McLaren Real Estate and Cosmo Cranes teamed up to celebrate the victory with the quirky display.
McLaren Real Estate agent spokesman Garth Muller said the idea came about due to an office joke.
“We had this silly idea about hanging the car above the town centre so everyone would know about Timmy’s win,” he said.
“So I decided to find out how much it would cost to wack it up there on a crane and get it done.”
Mr Brook built the winning car in his Oran Park garage.
The car was formally his everyday drive before it was transformed into a series winning machine.
Mr Brook led the Toyota 86 racing series this year after being knocked out in a devastating crash last year.
He said it felt “absolutely incredible” to win the title.
“We came into the weekend not treating it any differently, knowing we needed to stay out of trouble,” Mr Brook said.
“Last year we came so close but got caught up in a crash at Bathurst that ended our season. To come back even bigger and better this year is fantastic.”
Mr Brook said he spent “countless hours” working on his Toyota 86 in the lead-up to this year’s series.
Fellow Camden racer Cameron Crick finished in third place in the national racing series.
Mr Muller said it was great to see two local racers representing Camden at such an elite level.
“These guys support the V8 Supercars – this isn’t just your average competition,” he said.
“It’s a pretty good accolade to have two drivers in the top 3.”
Mr Muller said he hoped people enjoyed seeing the car displayed 40 metres in the air.
“We hope people looked at and said, ‘how cool is that?’” he said. “It’s a pretty awesome way to celebrate the achievements of a local lad.”