Ererbus Motorsport and Prodrive Racing Australia have pulled the covers off their respective retro liveries for the Wilson Security Sandown 500 retro round.
Erebus showed off their livery for the #9 Commodore of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden on Tuesday morning, featuring a tribute to the Team Brock Torana that Australian Touring Car legend Peter Brock and his brother Phil Brock ran on their Holden L34 Torana.
The livery was chosen for Brock’s affinity with Sandown, having won seven consecutive Australian Touring Car Championships races at the venue from 1975-1981.
Phil Brock says he can relate Erebus Motorsport to what Team Brock was like when the were just starting out.
“I look at Erebus Motorsport being a small team who have had to work very hard to get somewhere and I think they are doing a great job,” said Brock.
“It’s a bit like that small team we had in 1976, you had the factory teams out there but we were a one-off team.
“Pete and Sandown just had something with each other and if he finished he won; that year (1976) we won by two laps and it really shocked a lot of people, it was pretty special.
“Pete really wanted to do his own thing so he started up Team Brock, and being Aussies the natural thing was the Australian flag, hence the car being red, white and blue.”
Erebus Motorsport have also gone to the length of creating vintage race suites for its drivers Reynolds and Youlden as well as clothing for the team, polishing and completing their retro look.
Prodrive Racing also took the covers off Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen’s #55 Ford Falcon today, the Supercheap Auto backed car will feature a livery inspired by the John Briggs EL Falcon from 1999.
The 1999 livery marked the automotive giants second year in the Australian Touring Car Championship, and was picked by fans in a vote on social media.
Two of Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy’s Supercheap Auto schemes when they represented the brand in Supercars were also up for selection.
“Retro round is a great concept and it is nice to be able to recognise a bit of Supercheap Auto’s 20-year history in the sport this weekend at the Sandown 500,” said Mostert.
“We ran one of their retro liveries last year which was a lot of fun and got a great fan response so hopefully the fans really like what we’ve got this year.
“John Briggs played a big role in Supercheap Auto’s entry to the sport so hopefully we can do him proud.
“John’s original car has been restored and it is great that it is still around.
“I had the chance to check it out and while 1999 isn’t that long ago for a lot of fans, I couldn’t get over how much Supercars have developed.
“You can tell it is a Supercar but it looks ancient when you compare it to the Prodrive Racing FG X Falcon I drive today.
“The technology has come a long way, as have the materials we use to build the car and of course the safety we have has advanced significantly.”
The Sandown 500 kicks off on Friday with a co-driver practice session at 11:15AM local time.