LIVERY UPDATES – SANDOWN RETRO ROUND 2018

As usual, my review is well after the event; one reason is time of course, but the other is that I always prefer to use on track shots, rather than promo photos, with decent quality shots often taking some time to find. Regardless, here are the retro round updates we saw at Sandown last week.

#2 Pye/Luff & #25 Courtney/Perkins

WAU Pye 18WAU Skaife 08

First cab off the rank is Mobil 1 Boost Racing, who paid homage to the 2008 Toll HRT, the last Commodore to be driven full time by Mark Skaife. The first thing I wonder in situations like this is, how should a company feel when they are, in essence, promoting another?

Marketing aside, it’s refreshing but also makes me feel old when we are looking at a 2008 livery as retro. It isn’t completely identical, and can’t be given they are not longer Holden backed, but could have used a little more silver to more strongly replicate the old design. Neat to see, but wouldn’t have it over their usual livery.

#9 Reynolds/Youlden

Erebus Reynolds 18Erebus Chickadee

Retro done right! Erebus have done a great job emulating the 1986 Bathurst winner, replicating it almost line for line, including a very nice stylised Penrite logo to match the now defunct Chickadee. This is a style of livery design that has been out of favour for a number of years, but I hope it makes a comeback of sorts.

I personally love flowing liveries, but straight lines with harsh angles have their own odd charm, which is clearly visible on a few of this year’s retro efforts. Probably mine and many others’ pick of the bunch.

#12 Coulthard/D’Alberto & #17 McLaughlin/Prémat

DJR McLaughlin 18DJR Johnson

Simple, however, also has its place in retro round. No fuss was also a popular theme back in the day, and the Sierras driven by Dick Jojnson and John Bowe were a leading example.

The key to a simple livery is the right colour, and DJR Team Penske have done well in bringing back this shade of red, which is just different enough to their usual red to be noticeable and eye catching. The clean look is pulled off well, capped off with the warm fuzzy feeling of classic number plates on the doors.

#14 Slade/Walsh

BJR Slade 18BJR Bob Jane Monaro

Brad Jones Racing have tipped their hat to Bob Jane and his 1972 Monaro with this orangy-red effort. It’s a quite similar replica to DJR Team Penske, but this one falls apart slightly in that the logo placement just doesn’t quite match the original. The blocky white Alliance logo, despite attempting to match the theme, is the main culrpit, adding a lot of white where it should appear plain red, not to mention the number font. The thought was there, but the execution slightly lacking for the #14.

#15 Kelly/Jacobson

Nissan Kelly 18Nissan Perkins 02

Castrol have decided to throw back to 2002, oddly enough replicating the Larry Perkins Commodore on the#15 Nissan. As strange as that seems to me, the design is near identical which is super pleasing to see. All that’s missing are the thick five spoke wheels in white!

While this was not my favourite Castrol livery of all time (that would probably go to the 1997 Castrol Commodore or the 1993 Castrol Celica), it’s a great nod to the recent motoring past.

#18 Holdsworth/Bright

Preston Hire Holdsworth 18Preston Hire Holden Bathurst 68

This retro livery isn’t too dissimilar to the Freightliner entry last season, but so was the basic design thinking in the 60s and 70s.

The #18 this year closely resembles the 1968 McPhee Monaro it pays homage to. It’s a completely authentic looking design, with perfectly matching lines, numbers, and even the old ‘Class D’ lettering (on the side at least). The ‘Warwick Yellow’ looks great and is a nice break for the usual, equally nice Preston Hire yellow.

#21 Blanchard/Wood

BJR Blanchard 18BJR Benson Hedges

Tim Blanchard kept it classy this year, giving a nod to the BMW his father had once raced. I remember Lotus getting some heat for using the old JPS liveries as inspiration in Formula 1 one year, but you can’t get much closer to a cigarette livery than this Benson & Hedges replica.

Any livery fanatic will tell you that cigarette brands had some of the best and most memorable liveries of all time, and this here is no exception. It’s translates incredibly well to a modern racer, and despite a departure from the usual blue, CoolDrive looks fantastic and in no way out of place on the design. While cigarettes are terrible things, I’m glad in a way that they left an imprint on the Motorsport world.

#33 Tander/Pither

GRM Tander 18GRM Garry Rogers Debut

Another set of direct replicas, and don’t these look amazing. Both are depicting cars Garry Rogers himself had driven, this one a 1978 Torana. As I mentioned with the Chickadee Penrite machine, it’s great to see some truly retro shapes and colours going on this year, this one being a true period piece of the 1970s. This too translates well to a modern Supercar, and just looks nice!

Would love to see this used for the rest of the Enduros – fingers crossed.

#34 Golding/Muscat

GRM Golding 18GRM Bathurst 83

The #34 is an homage to Garry’s 1983 Commodore. The sleek black and simple white line and chevron look great on the 2018 car. It’s nice to see that simple designs can work just as well as the odd and complex ones.

#55 Mostert/Moffat

Tickford Mostert 18Tickford Ellery 04

Antother design from the not too distant past, with Tickford choosing to paint the #55 in Steven Ellery’s Supercheap Auto colours from 2004. They’ve steered clear of purple this year, instead going with the blac, red and silver design. They’ve taken some liberties and simplified the livery slightly, removing some of the extra yellow lines, which does modernise the design. It’s great to see not only replicas, but successful modernisation of classic liveries this year.

#78 De Silvestro/Rullo

Nissan De Silvestro 18

For De Silvestro and Rullo, Nissan have gone with a retro themed design as opposed to immitating an actual past livery. I’m not sure how rich Harvey Norman’s racing history is, but I’m sure there would have been some lovely looking Nissans to choose from, rather than this very basic effort. Whilst it’s very similar in design to others we’ve seen this year and last, red and white doesn’t really excite!

#99 De Pasquale/Brown

Erebus De Pasquale 18Erebus Chickadee 81

I went the whole of last weekend, somehow, thinking both the Erebus cars had the same livery. My usually attentive eye stupidly saw the retro Chickadee font and didn’t ask any further questions. Luckily in writing this post I picked up on my error, and found that the #99 is based on the 1982 Toyota Celica.

In actual fact, the two liveries are completely different, this one focusing simply on a thick red stripe across the bonnet and front quarter panels. It’s a great job again of font replication and logo placement, although the one thing I’d have loved to see on both cars was the Penrite/Erebus logos on the side sprawling all the way above the rear wheel to the rear bumper.

 

It’s great fun to see retro round increasing in stature year after year, and more teams and fans embracing it with the awesome inspired and replica liveries. Can’t wait for next year.

 

 

LIVERY UPDATES – SANDOWN RETRO ROUND 2018

Livery Update – DJR Team Penske & HRT

Well, looks like Stone Brothers Racing have completed their return to V8 Supercars!

Vortex Pirtek

Not really of course, but after the return of a Caltex livery with 888, DJR Team Penske have brought on Pirtek as a sponsor for Phillip Island, so all of a sudden it feels very 2005 over here. Very nostalgic! Imagine they had used yellow rims too, and if Ambrose was still racing…

DJR Pirtek

The livery design itself is the same design as before but in classic Pirtek colours and Coulthard having a red rear wing to Pye’s blue. It seems to be a Penske way of doing things, as the IndyCar team did the same thing last year.

I wonder what colour the car will be next week!

HRT Anzac

HRT have also revealed a livery update, this time to commemorate ANZAC day and support the ANZAC Appeal. It features the silhouettes of ANZAC soldiers walking beside a mountain range, that is also stylised to give a tearing effect. I’m not sure whether this is symbolic or not, so lets just acknowledge that this livery being a great touch from Holden. That said, it sort of blends in with other one off liveries that Holden brings out as many of them do end up looking quite similar.

Livery Update – DJR Team Penske & HRT

Livery Updates – Team Aguri & DJR Team Penske

Team Aguri

aguri 3

Team Aguri made headlines by bringing an iconic motorsport sponsor to Formula E. Gulf has sponsored many famous race cars such as the Ford GT40 and more recently, Aston Martin in the WEC. It’s ironic to see an oil company sponsoring a team in an electric category, but either way, it’s good to see Aguri get some backing.

Aguri 2

The livery design hasn’t changed much from the one it started the season in, with the Gulf colours somewhat incorporated into it. It makes for a design that doesn’t quite sing in unison. The lighter blue seems much brighter than the sky blue that is normally used on Gulf liveries, and this clashes quite hard with both the orange and the navy. Ideally this colour wouldn’t be on the car, or it would have been used in a much smaller quantity. A paler blue would have worked much better in the current state.

Aguri 1

The design looks a little rushed too. The orange on the top of the nose section would have been great, if it didn’t looked like it was slapped on top of the design that was already there. The engine cover has a lot more going for it, with the tricolour, horizontal sections actually working very well. The orange, navy and white stripes coming across the blue are bearable, but I think once again it’s the strong light blue that clashes.

I feel as though this livery could have been executed much better and hopefully it is tinkered with before the next race.

 

DJR Team Penske

coulthardNot sure why these photos look so terrible, but they look fine when you click and expand them.

Well that didn’t take long! DJR Team Penske have already changed their liveries, with Detroit in big bold letters on one car once again and Western Star Trucks on the other. The new liveries are all black with bright blue highlights for Coulthard and red for Pye. I have to admit they are very attractive to look at with the simple designs and pleasing colour combinations.

pye

Like I mentioned above, they are simple designs, with  parallel, widening lines framing the sponsors well on the sides. It is minimalistic, but the colour is well placed and everything  works well together. They’ve even managed to make Hog’s Breath Cafe look good! That said, I prefer the Shell livery, but who knows when we’ll see that again and what we’ll see in between. Either way, they haven pulled out a bad livery yet, so I’m not complaining.

 

 

Livery Updates – Team Aguri & DJR Team Penske

Livery Launch – CoolDrive Commodore & DJR Team Penske Falcons

Two new V8 liveries were released recently (although I’m a bit late on the #21 machine) and both look great if you ask me.

Cooldrive 1

The CoolDrive Commodore livery was released recently and what an improvement it is. Last year’s car was a little bit generic and when your car is usually only seen in the pack, it does your sponsors no favours. That said, a lot more blue on the car this season makes the car look fuller and little bit more unique. The CoolDrive logo, especially the non worded part, looks really good on the car and is almost used as the design all on its own, with the other areas supplementary, which is a credit to the main sponsor.

Fabian Coulthard will join Scott Pye as DJR Team Penske expand to two cars for 2016.

DJR Penske 1

The livery, although beautiful, isn’t ground breaking. It’s an almost identical design to last season, which alternated colours depending on the sponsor. Shell is back with the team, but who knows how many rounds it will last this season.

The livery design is more solid this season, with less spikey bits and a classier look overall. Some may consider it a little more boring, but I think I prefer it. It’s a strong colour combination and a good looking car all round.

Two great looking cars. Lovely that the Shell livery is back and even better to see an improved CoolDrive design.

Livery Launch – CoolDrive Commodore & DJR Team Penske Falcons