With Melbourne’s eastern suburbs set to become just a little louder for the Sandown 500 this weekend, we’ve rounded up all the retro liveries for the Supercars retro round.
On its website, supercars ran a poll to see which of the teams’ paintjobs is the most popular among fans, and the result was hardly surprising.
With 50 per cent of total votes, the star of the show this weekend in terms of retro heritage is a recreation of Peter Brock’s 1994 Holden Racing Team livery, appropriately adorning the Walkinshaw Racing car of Scott Pye and our own gun driver Warren Luff.
“Having Luffy alongside me makes it even more exciting, especially as he defends his win last year, so we will be doing our best to get car 2 on the podium,” Pye said.
“Recently the momentum has been starting to build. It’s now about increasing that over the next three events with Luffy beside me.”
Though general public consensus appears to be that most liveries don’t exactly invoke memories of hero drivers and classic moments, a few more highlights stood out to voters.
One of those liveries is the DJR/Shell Falcon, with the 1967 Shell logo adorning what is essentially the car’s usual livery.
Also popular among fans is the Erebus Commodore, which has adopted another Brock tribute in the form of Brock’s Penrite Torana which he drove to victory at Sandown in ’76 with his brother Phil.
“Pete and Sandown just had something with each other and if he finished he won; that year we won by two laps and it really shocked a lot of people, it was pretty special,” says Phil Brock.
“Pete really wanted to do his own thing so he started up Team Brock, and being Aussie’s the natural thing was the Australian flag, hence the car being red, white and blue.”
Also being rolled out in the lead up to the event are a few light-hearted videos from current team drivers, mostly to self-deprecating effect.
Like it or not, at least they’re having fun!
The Sandown 500 retro round kicks off with practice, qualifying, and the first Touring Car Masters race tomorrow.