Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup might just be a bigger fan of boats than his four-wheeled V8 machine.
Whincup plans to make the most of some downtime, after the final race of a hugely successful career at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, with a visit to his favourite childhood holiday spot on the Murray River.
He will start his role as team principal of Triple Eight Race Engineering next year, but will do so as the most successful driver in Supercars history with 124 wins from 19 seasons in the category.
"It's been a huge season and a massive end. We had five racing meetings in six weeks and we've basically been locked out of Queensland," he said.
"It's been a long time away, but I've got a cabin on the Murray River which I've been going to since I was born and that's been the saving grace. In the weeks between the Sydney Motorsport Park events and just before Bathurst, I used the cabin for a bit of a refresh to get ready for my last event at Bathurst.
"I'll spend another couple of weeks water-skiing and recharging the batteries before I go back at the end of the month and basically get into my new role in January.
"I got my first Malibu in 2008 and it was my most prized possession back then. I kept upgrading each year and have had a fantastic relationship with them."
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What some people won't know is internationally recognised Malibu Boats are manufactured in Albury and recently partnered with McRae Motors to open a new McRae Boats showroom in Wodonga.
The business shares with Boulevard Motors, which has been on Melbourne Road for 20 years, and has been a win for all involved according to sales representative Campbell Taylor.
"It's given a fresh life to the whole yard because the showroom has been renovated," he said.
"It's given Malibu a good place they can sell out of and it's good for us too. Especially since Holden left McRae (last year), it's been good to fill that void.
"The servicing side of it has really exploded. It's not just the few boats they've sold this year, there's people coming from Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Corowa and surrounding areas."
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