Video: Lewis mania has hit WGC!
PUBLISHED: 11:29 30 November 2007 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009
LEWIS mania descended on Times Territory on Friday as the Formula 1 superstar came home - and it was smiles all round. Hundreds of fans crammed into the Howard Centre in WGC as the beaming 22-year-old dropped in to sign copies of his autobiography, Lewis
LEWIS mania descended on Times Territory on Friday as the Formula 1 superstar came home - and it was smiles all round.
Hundreds of fans crammed into the Howard Centre in WGC as the beaming 22-year-old dropped in to sign copies of his autobiography, Lewis Hamilton: My Story.
Some had queued for hours to get books signed, while others packed the aisles just to get a glimpse of the Tewin race ace.
The crowd whooped, cheered, whistled and clapped as he walked through them from Maher's book store to the area set aside for the signings.
Lewis exclusively told the WHT he had been "overwhelmed" by the support.
"I can't believe it. It's great, I'm overwhelmed.
"Coming back to WGC has been important to me. It's where I grew up, it's where my family are."
He added: "I appreciate the support. To see how many people have turned up means a hell of a lot."
Lewis spent well over two hours giving his autograph to the hundreds who had waited patiently for him to appear.
Afterwards, he said the overall day, which included a book signing in Stevenage - the town where Lewis was born and grew up - had been "incredible".
Shaking his head in bemusement, Lewis added: "I just can't believe how many people come."
Dad Anthony said the family had decided to incorporate the two local book signings into their busy schedule.
"Lewis was initially invited to turn on the Stevenage Christmas lights, but couldn't do that because of work commitments.
"So we said let's add another date into the calendar, so we can meet people in WGC and Stevenage."
He said: "Lewis was born in Stevenage, the family home is in Tewin - WGC, Welwyn and Stevenage is our home.
"We couldn't go to Stevenage and not WGC."
Watching his son chatting to his fans, he said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of them to get access to Lewis.
"I believe quite a few people were here early, from about 7am.
There was originally a 300 limit - but Lewis stayed on until he met everyone in the queue.
Anthony added: "The reception was great coming in. It's been phenomenal.