Livery Updates – Sandown Retro Round

Retro round is back for another year, and this time, the majority of the field has joined the party! I’m torn, because there’s nothing better than some living nostalgia, but at the same time it takes some of the fun away when everybody does it. It also means I have to write and research for that much longer…anywho, here’s what I thought of the liveries!

#2 Pye/Luff

Pye Sandown 17Brock 94

Emulating Peter Brock’s 1994 HRT car, this design takes the overall theme of the old and truly brings it into the new. The half white half navy element has been nailed here and splitting this cleanly rather than with the lion makes a huge difference in not simply copying the original, and making it very attractive. Super clean and makes what is a mostly white livery lively.

#3 Russell/Douglas

Russel Sandown 17

The #3 Lucas Dumbrell machine takes us back to 1996, displaying the original logo of plus fitness, and a livery design to match. The logo is as basic as you’d expect a brand new business logo to be, with the design appropriately simple. With simple block sections bordered by plain straight lines, there’s not a lot to love, but not much to hate about this livery.

#4 Blanchard/Hazelwood

Blanchard Sandown 17Beechey 65 Mustang

Brad Jones Racing paid homage to Norm Beehcey, Australia Touring Car champion of the 60s and 70s. The first of these was the Cooldrive machine, replicating ironically perhaps, the 1965 Mustang that Beechey drove to his first championship. Sporting some very Ford blue with white racing stripes, there’s not much to it! However, you can see where a lovely colour can make a livery work. Whilst this looks a little boring, the Calsonic Altima is quite pretty in comparison, despite even less design elements.

Hazelwood SandownAlso, how about that crash for Hazelwood. Shame it ended their weekend, but absolutely spectacular.

#7 T. Kelly/Le Brocq & #15 R. Kelly/Wall

R Kelly Sandown 17T Kelly Sandown 17BRE Nissan

Really clever these two liveries from Nissan. The respective colours the Sengled and Carsales sponsorships have presented a great opportunity to replicate a pair of liveries from the 60s. Don’t know a lot about these BRE Datsuns, but they were beautifully simple liveries, which have been transferred very well to a modern day racing chasis. It’s a simple design, with white the main colour and red/blue covering the top section of the car, and two parallel diagonal stripes on the front quarter panel, changing colours at the Nissan logo. One of the better alternating team colour livery combos, with both quickly and easily differentiated.

#8 Percat/Jones

Percat Sandown 17beechey-67-chevy.jpg

The #8 paid tribute to Beechey’s 1967 Chevy. Another simple racing stripe livery, this time mostly black, with one simple red lines down the middle of top, bordered with yellow. Works quite well on a modern car!

#9 Reynolds/Youlden

Reynolds Sandown 17Brock 76

Erebus were another team to celebrate Brock, with the #9 sporting the livery that Peter and Phil Brock raced to victory at Sandown 41 years ago. The design is as identical as could be on a modern car, and looks good in doing so. As so many were back in the day, it’s delightfully simple, with a thick straight line each of red and blue along the side of the car, with a slight upturn toward the rear. The blue hood looks good too, whilst the retro Penrite logo finishes the job.

 

#18 Holdsworth/Reindler

Holdsworth Sandown 17

Preston Hire Racing went for a cheeky retro round design, making many of us giggle like they were back in high school due to ‘Preston Erection’ adorning half of the car this week. This is the name Preston Hire had begun its life with, so aside from the inuendo, it has a purpose! The design is literally split between the retro and the modern on either side of the #18 machine, in a style that will take most back to the 1999 BAR F1 zipper livery. Preston Hire Racing split the design via a jagged line from front to back, which is great for a one off; very interesting indeed. Great to see as many logos as possible in their retro stylings on the Preston Erection side.

#22 Courtney/Perkins

Courtney Sandown 17Rick Kelly 07

Don’t have to go too far back for this, just 2007! This livery will bring back some unpleasant memories for Ford fans, with the events that were triggered by a nearly identical car at Phillip Island the year before. That said, this was perhaps brought about by fortunately similar sponsor colours with Boost. The general design is more or less the same, minus the lion that adorned the HSV Dealer Team cars. However, this attempt does remind me of an unlicensed video game, where the design has to be similar, but not so similar that it trigger the involvement of lawyers.

#23 Caruso/Fiore

Caruso Sandown 17Calsonic Skyline

You know, if anyone dared to make such a plain ‘original’ livery nowadays, it would likely be trashed by design pundits, but putting on the nostalgia goggles really does wonders for this retro livery. The Caruso/Fiore Altima goes back to the early 90s with this Calsonic R32 Skyline re-creation, and this takes me back to my Gran Turismo days on Playstation. Amazing how such a basic livery can be so memorable, and good looking with the shade of blue they’ve chosen here!

And for those who were GT fans like me, how good is this little video Nissan Motorsport put up on Facebook!

#33 Tander/Golding

Tander Sandown 17Tander 98

A pretty unique opportunity for GRM here, recreating the first livery that Garth Tander had raced in in V8 Supercars (then ATCC) back in 1998, which was also for GRM. Mainly white , with the navy rear split with a curved red line, accompanied by a thin light blue line in a colour scheme that is entirely uniform. It works very well on the 2017 car and it’s fantastic to see that GRM’s Valvoline partnership is still going 19 years on!

#34 Moffat/Muscat

Moffat Sandown 17Moffat Monza Rothmans

James Moffat’s goes back in time to his fathers time of racing, replicating the Rothmans sponsored Commodore that was raced in Europe. Is one of the more basic Rothmans liveries that existed, but clean and simple is all that is required on many occasions. It’s a perfectly appealing livery and makes me wonder why so many modern liveries feel the need to be so complicated.

#55 Mostert/Owen

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars ChampionshipBriggs Supercheap 1999

Prodrive and Supercheap Auto Racing have gone with another blast from the past this year, selecting another classic purple livery, but this time from 1999. It’s fair to say this was never a very attractive design, with the odd, almost netting design along the side, but the colour choice is so bold and unique, it’s almost admirable. Fun to see on a modern car, but really lacking some finesse, such as a retro Supercheap logo and white rims!

#62 Rullo/Davison

Rullo Sandown 17

As with the #3, the #62 LDM goes back in time, to the first logo used by Phil Mundays, when it was a panel beaters in Bayswater, Victoria. It’s actually a very nice logo, and is matched well with a big retro looking number on the side. The design is also simple and definitely has a 70s feel to it. Wouldn’t be unhappy to see this used again.

#75 Slade/Walsh

Slade Sandown 17Beechey Monaro 70

Completing the trio is yellow livery, referencing Beechey’s final championship winning Monaro in 1970. Here we see bright yellow, with uneven parallel red stripes along the top of the car. Again, very simple, but true to the original. It looks nice on the the modern Commodore, but perhaps a few too many logos on the BJR cars, ending in a cluttered look.

#78 De Silvestro/Russell

de Silvestro Sandown 17Nissan R380

This was an interesting choice, perhaps due to the colour scheme of the Harvey Norman machine, but they’ve gone with recreating the Nissan R380 livery. It’s actually a clever design, emulating the very curvy body of the original car simply through the design, which curves above the wheel arches where the R380 does. It looks nice and does it’s best to not entirely disregard the natural flow of the Altima.

#88 Whincup/Dumbrell & #97 van Gisbergen/Campbell

Whincup Sandown 17Bond Torana 1971

Red Bull HRT have gone for the ‘feel’ of the 1970s Toranas, and while it’s kind of there with the main white, blue hood and red trimmings, it’s majorly disrupted by Red Bull taking up most of the side and adding perhaps a tad too much blue to the design. It’s an attractive design overall and makes use of a retro Holden logo, but I’d be keen to see Red Bull use some of their own history in the future, such as the 1995 Sauber, or even the 2004 test livery. The logo doesn’t seem to have changed much at least!

#99 Wood/Pither

Wood Sandown 17Ellis Nascar

Similar to Nissan’s approach last year, Erebus have gone with a NASCAR/AUSCAR look for their second car. This livery gives me retro vibes probably more than any other, with the colour palette on show looking oh so 90s. The big number gives off the NASCAR vibes, but you just can’t get over the white/blue/yellow/silver combo. It’s hideously charming. Really fun to see GB Galvanizing on exactly the same part of the car all these years later.

#888 Lowndes/Richards

Lowndes Sandown 17

It’s a retro look, but a unique design for TeamVortex. They’ve taken the old Caltex logo and come up with a livery that oozes 80s, without actually copying a past livery. Props for the originality. The design uses simple straight lines, along with interesting use of lined gradients to accentuate the theme, whilst the star number plate is totally ridiculous but also fits the bill.

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Livery Updates – Sandown Retro Round

Livery Updates – Supercars Catchup

So I’ve slacked off a little after hours spent on the round-ups, so let’s take a look at some of what I’ve missed, starting with Percat, who will seemingly be changing sponsors each round.

BJR AGP

Holden used Percat’s car to push some social responsibility during the Australian Grand Prix, painting the #8 in rainbow colours in support of marriage equality. It was a simple and very colourful design and didn’t look awful, passing as a decent art car. I have to say I’ve attempted this many times in the (distant) past to varying levels of success.

BJR Tas

Come Symmons Plains, it was Biante on the side of the car, with something a little more subtle. Traditional white, red and black in a standard but pleasant design.

BJR PI

Then for Phillip Island, Hare & Forbes jumped on board, with something a little less uniform. A few too many colours on this livery, without much design to go with it. The number of slapped on logos can’t be hidden with the plain white, and is easily the weakest of the four efforts so far.

Tekno AGP

Back to Albert Park and Tekno unveiled this monstrosity. This is the definition of why putting a logo on an already established livery can go wrong. Horribly matching colours, especially on the bonnet with the EDG sky blue directly on the Woodstock red *shudders* with what was already a below par livery. I can only imagine they were short on time finding a sponsor for the non championship round.

LDM AGP

Conversely, a livery on short notice can work well, given enough care is given. Lift sponsored Taz Douglas’ LDM car for the Australian GP and turned out an agressive, quite striking yellow and black livery. No real complaints here with all the colours working in unity, and all the jagged bits of yellow looking great. Shame it only stuck around for one race! However, it was promptly replaced with the same RMA livery as on Rullo’s car, which is also good.

RBR Tas

Another piece of good news was RBRA touching up their F1 inspired livery. The Holden logo has now changed to white, which is a great move, considering it was somewhat lost in it’s previous form.

Erebus PI

The Penrite Erebus also has a new look, with Enviro Box (not Castrol for once) bringing some green to the party and ruining the beautiful uniformity that was. That said, it’s not nearly as offensive as it could be and is a much more manageable shade of green in comparison to Castrol.

Walkinshaw PI

Lastly, Walkinshaw have struck a deal with Boost Mobile, to turn James Courtney’s Commodore orange. The design hasn’t change, but the new colour does provide an easy way to distinguish Courtney and Pye. Can’t say this is better or worse. Black and orange go very well together, so no real complaints here.

Livery Updates – Supercars Catchup

Livery Launch – Erebus Motorsport

New season, new drivers for Erebus. Prodrive outcast David Reynolds had a fantastic season in 2015 but still found himself out of the championship’s top team. Fortunately, Betty Klimenko picked him up and he’ll be driving for Erebus in 2016. Erebus’ second driver choice was somewhat out of the blue, with Aaren Russell in the car next season. He contested the Dunlop series last season, finishing up in 11th overall as well as finishing on the lead lap at the Bathurst 1000.

Erebus pulled another surprise on us, announcing that they will be running Holdens in 2016. A shame if you ask me, with the variety of makes decreasing to four and the saturation of Holdens in the field increasing by two.

We’ve only really been teased with photoshopped images of Erebus’ new liveries, but it’s better than nothing! Penrite will stay as main sponsor to Reynolds’ #9 machine. The mainly black car looks classy, as a black car should. The front has a bit of Super Cheap Auto to it, with the red taking up most of the bumper and yellow on the splitter and just under the bonnet.

Erebus 1

I’m very happy to see that the red and yellow sections on the side run with the natural lines of the car. It pleases me aesthetically and frames the Penrite logo perfectly. There’s not much else to go on, but the black and yellow rims look great too.

Plus Fitness will follow Aaren Russell to Erebus and dictate the majority of the livery on the #4 car. Blue and orange are often a great combination and it’s nice here too. The design however, much like on the Bathurst livery that I wrote about toward the end of last year, looks a little less unique than the Penrite one. The white and orange sections are positioned well and also do a good job framing the main sponsor.Erebus 2

Interestingly, Penrite has sponsored the rear quarter of this car, and that’s what brings the livery down. It may have been fine if it weren’t for the red bits right next to the orange, but this makes it look like one too many colours were used. Perhaps simple, plain black would have been a better option here. That and the yellow on the rims make the livery look a bit disorganised. However, the HP logo on the front fits in superbly and makes the front look lovely.

Big changes for 2016 at Erebus. Let’s see if this will translate to better performances.

Livery Launch – Erebus Motorsport

Livery of the Day – The Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon FG/X

David Reynolds - Race 1 - 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Setup

How about a current livery?

Unlike the recent seasons of bland grey and silver liveries in other championships such as Formula 1, the V8 Supercars championship has been treated with all sorts of vibrant colours.

David Reynolds is driving his 4th season in the #55 car for Rod Nash Racing, which is dressed in one of the most distinct liveries on the grid. I can’t think of another racing car that has sported a green as bright as this. Thanks to main sponsor The Bottle-O, the team has a bright and vibrant green to work with as a main colour. They’ve also had to work secondary sponsor Devil’s Cut into the livery, which brings black and gold into the frame. This results in a two tone design; mostly green, with black covering the hood, some of the rear bumper and side window areas.

David Reynolds - Practice - 2015 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint - Setup

The design itself is still FPR inspired; not fully departed from the falcon design on the livery a few years back. It features lovely sweeping curves and sharp points, with all the black areas bordered by gold trim and then shadowed by similar white areas. Gold is used sparingly, with the inside of the rear wing endplates and the rims being the exceptions. It’s an intricate design without being clumsy or too busy. It’s an aggressive livery which matches the similarly aggressive looking body shape of the car.

If anything hurts the livery, it’s the Hog’s Breath Café logo. It doesn’t fit the livery at all, but then again, I think any designer would be hard pressed to make it look as though it belonged. Unless it was a team’s main sponsor and could dictate the design and colour scheme, I can’t imagine that Hog’s Breath Café would ever look good on a racing car.

Bottle-O 3

It’s a nice looking livery and one that unambiguously promotes The Bottle-O, something that sponsors pay good money for and which many don’t get.

Livery of the Day – The Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon FG/X