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 Darwin

A few updates for Hidden Valley this year, including some lovely indigenous themed liveries for the race at the top end.

Percat Darwin 17

Up first, the newly progressive Holden brand is ‘supporting diversity’ with its indigenous themed livery. With traditionally earthy colours, along with Aboriginal inspired art work all over, it’s a very unique style of livery, one which we haven’t seen much of in this category. I have a feeling this will become even more popular next year, similar to how the AFL’s indigenous round has become a big thing in recent years.

GRM Darwin 17

Garry Rogers Motorsport has also gone the way of indigenous art, but here adding to their usual blue and white livery. They’ve done this cleverly, filling the blue sections with multicoloured (but mostly blue) artwork, adding some nice textures to what is usually a solid blue. Wouldn’t mind at all seeing this used on other occasions!

Le Brocq Darwin 17

Le Brocq is the latest wildcard to enter the championship, with his first drive outside of the enduros. His Nissan Altima is sponsored by gogetta, which for those didn’t know (like me) are a rent to own equipment company.

Le Brocq Darwin 17 2

The livery itself is multicoloured, featuring mainly black and lime, but also with blue and orange flashes. I feel as though just having one of those last colours would have been enough. The design is very jagged and angular which my preference so I’m quite indifferent to this. Looks at home on the Nissan though.

McConville Darwin 17

Lastly, Cam McConville made a surprise comeback with LDM this week and in doing so, brought green highlights in place of the usual orange thanks to Gemini. It works very well as a substitute and against my traditional thinking, it’s quite refreshing to see the same design in alternate colours like on a livery like this.

Livery Updates – Supercars Darwin

Round-Up – Supercars 2017 Field

One round down and here we are looking at this year’s liveries. There’s some good, some bad and not much ugly thankfully. Let’s get straight to it.

Brad Jones Racing

BJR 2

First cab off the rank is a beauty! With Percat now at his new home at BJR, Clipsal have come along to sponsor the car for the aptly named Clipsal 500.

Some great colours here in white, red and a very strong purple. While white is the main colour, it is complemented by the bright red that really pops, and the unique purple that suits the others so well.

BJR 1

The design is simple; the red and purple spikes framing the Clipsal logo nicely, ensuring that the car doesn’t look too white and plain in the process. Whilst this isn’t typically my kind of design, I like the fact that it’s uniform and uses the colours well. Would have been good to see this in more than one round!

★★★★

 

Freightliner 1

Freightliner are back, this time with Tim Slade at the wheel, and have gone the Force India route: lots of silver. I’m glad they’ve moved away from the standard red and black, but this isn’t better. The front of the car looks nice enough, with the bright white and silver spread evenly across the bonnet, complemented nicely by the bright red streaks and looking uniform.

Freightliner 2

However, the Freightliner logo is where most of the issues lie. Firstly, it’s a silver logo on a silver background. With a dark outline that it has, it can’t stand out. This would have looked better on white. Secondly, the shape of the logo means it is evenly outlined by the silver/red at the front, starting strong but breaking away in the middle, creating an uneven look. Finally, instead of keeping the entire side section silver with a red outline, as you’d assume it would be from the front, they’ve mixed some red into the middle section just in front of the rear wheel, causing the Frieghtliner logo to run over multiple colours and leaving the livery to look like a bit of a mish-mash. Originally gave this two stars, but it looks good from certain angles that I can’t nitpick from.

★★☆

 

CoolDrive Racing

Cooldrive 2

This livery is definitely weaker than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it’s a poor effort. It’s just a far simpler design, with last year’s secondary blue as the main colour, although the two blues don’t match as well in this orientation.

Cooldrive 1

Negative’s aside, I like the simplicity and the fact it doesn’t look cluttered, but it is missing the wow factor. Certainly better than your average livery.

★★★

 

Erebus Motorsport

Penrite 1

Erebus have gone with a paler yellow/gold this year and looking back at last year’s livery, it’s a bit of a shame, as that strong yellow was very nice! Colour aside there have been significant changes for the 2017 livery. There’s a lot less going on overall, but there’s beautiful piping on the front and rear, along with some other red and gold bits on the bonnet and bumpers. They probably could have gone without the latter, as they are only on the front. Could have been a mean look, but instead the generic bits on the bumper don’t follow the shape of the car and just look like they’re filling space.

Penrite 2

The side of the car is simply a giant Penrite logo, tilted and cropped. Rather plain, but not a bad look. Just feels like it’s missing some piping on that part of the car to match the rest of the livery.

★★★★

 

GB Galvinizing 1

Dale Wood has moved to Erebus and brought GB Galvanizing with him. This livery is very similar to the one raced toward the end of last year at Nissan and is a pleasant look. It’s great to see that grey can be used well, in this case a dark shade and matte paint. It’s paired well with the white, especially on the splitter and above the intake, giving the car a nice milk moustache.

GB Galvinizing 2

The red parts are a little out of control and would have looked better if they weren’t so erratically designed. Can’t complain much about this at all though, just wish Haas could make grey look this good.

★★★☆

 

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

LDM 1

Debuting this year at just 16 years old, Alex Rullo is the youngest driver in the championship’s history, and the first born in the 2000s. Controversial driver choice aside, the Repair Management Australia LDM has got a number of things right.

While black is the main colour, it’s really the high-vis orange that takes center stage on this livery. They both work well with the blue, in a design that is wonderfully jagged, compared to Wood’s livery above.

LDM 2

It’s just a nice livery overall, although perhaps something could have been done, such as some texture on the black, to keep the base from looking so plain. The livery is certainly missing something, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s too bad Castrol has to come along and ruin the colour coordination, as it does on a number of liveries this season.

★★★★

 

LDM 3

With Taz Douglas standing in for Matt Chahda while LDM figure out they driver issues, the sponsors are similarly temporary, so there’s not much use in analysing this all black livery.

 

MEGA Racing

Mega 1

Jason Bright has moved back to Ford with Prodrive, driving the Mega Bulk Fuels Falcon in 2017. While it’s great to have two cars with purple liveries on the grid, one is clearly better than the other. The colour combination here, albeit dictated by sponsor Mega, is weak. The purple and blue aren’t vibrant at all, and don’t really go well together. Thankfully they don’t actually connect at any point on the car, as that could have looked awful.

Interestingly, they’ve gone with an asymmetrical colour scheme, with purple on the left front and blue on the right, and the opposite on the rear.

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However, that’s not quite enough to bring life to this livery. The design is very simple, with just one section of blue and one of purple on each half, leaving a huge area of white along the side (which is great for Mega). With two dull, uncomplimentary colours, outlined by black to make things worse, this design just doesn’t do any favours for itself.

★☆

 

Mobil 1 HSV Racing

Holden has taken its official backing over to Red Bull, leaving Walkinshaw to fend for themselves. Thankfully they’ve got two very capable drivers in Courtney and Pye to steer them in the right direction.

Mobil 1 HSV Racing 1

As for the livery, they’ve gone dark and aggressive, with a mainly black matte paint job. On the other hand, the very bright red parts aren’t in matte, creating a nice variation in textures along the car, but also placed very aggressively. It’s a very strong design up until the front bumper, where it loses this aggressive look, adding a pointless pinstripe which doesn’t match the rest of the car, but that’s just a personal gripe of mine.

 

Mobil 1 HSV Racing 2

Can’t take away too many points for that though. The rest of the design looks great, especially the red flashes along the edge of the roof, windshield and bonnet. Mobil is huge on the side of the car, which works well enough in this instance, but Boost clashes a little with its orange. A very nice car to watch going around the track.

★★★★☆

 

Nissan Motorsport & Team Harvey Norman

Nissan 1

Caruso’s Nissan this year is split into thirds, a bit like a Neapolitan ice cream, with red at the front, white in the middle and black at the rear. It uses a gradient, streaky and stripey design to blend the colours, with the side view the most rewarding. I like the top section of the car, which features black fading to white, but a sharp white down the side of the roof. Not a ground breaking livery but not ugly either – middle of the road.

★★☆

 

Harvey Norman 2

One of the biggest talking points at the beginning of the season was Simona De Silvestro joining the series as a full time driver. Her first hit out didn’t go badly at all, apart from being turned around while heading for the pits.

The livery is the same as Bathurst last year, apart from the more generic ‘Nissan’ colour palette. This wasn’t my favourite livery at the time and that hasn’t changed.

Harvey Norman 1

Some Nissan style stripey business along the side, but the front is the best looking section in my opinion. Simple, no-nonsense red and black, sharply split, following the shape of the unique Nissan grille.

★★☆

 

Preston Hire Racing

Preston Hire 1

Preston Hire Racing already had one of the best liveries on the grid last year, so it was brave of them to make such significant changes. However, it’s totally paid off, designing another beauty in 2017.

This season, the car’s main colour is matte yellow, creating an inverted look to last season. The slightly pale yellow pairs perfectly with black, with all the logos slotting into the theme well, although I wish Fuchs could’ve gone with yellow rather than white to make an almost perfectly two-tone livery.

Preston Hire 2

The main yellow and black sections folow the natural curves of the car beautifully, creating an organic base for the other small yellow and black protrusions and flashes. There are also some small red sections, adding a third colour which without sponsorship wouldn’t be necessary, but do look good and add a little something to the livery. The silver rims with black spokes are also a really nice touch.

★★★★☆

 

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Red Bull 1

As mentioned earlier, Holden have jumped ship, joining the most successful team in recent history, and that’s a move that makes sense, to be at the top. However, with a team and brand as well renowned as Red Bull, I can’t imagine many people would be thinking about Holden as a main sponsor. I don’t know, I feel it would have made more sense to stick with their guns and be the straight up Holden Racing Team.

Red Bull have decided to emulate last season’s beautiful Formula 1 livery with a commendable effort of their own. They’ve used the matte navy and electric red paint and transferred it to Supercars with a suitable design.

Red Bull 2

However, I feel I have more gripes than likes with this one. The car looks confused and cluttered on the side, with the Holden and Red Bull logos fighting for space, leaving no room for an actual design. Whilst the Holden logo has taken the F1 style all red lettering, the Red Bull logo has retained the usual white outline which is baffling to me, taking away a sense of continuity in the design. I could only imagine this is to create a bit of differentiation between the Holden and Red Bull logos which could have been difficult to distinguish otherwise, but it just feels like they haven’t gone all in with the theme by doing it this way.

It’s still nice overall, the front looking pretty with the red splitter and piping on the grille, just few too any things that had be nitpicking.

★★★

 

Sengled Racing & carsales Racing 

Sengled 1

How’s this for a confusing livery. Sengled stays on Rick Kelly’s car for 2017, with an overall design similar to last year, but what in the world is going on with that texture? Instead of the silver, there’s a weird ice or metal texture (I can’t figure out what in the hell it is), which looks absolutely hideous. This texture is also on some of the red parts, with the Sengled logo using a standard Photoshop filter for a 3D effect that I only ever used when experimenting with the program as a beginner.

Sengled 2

An effort was made here, but this just proves that sometimes, simplicity is the best option. I was desperately close to awarding this abomination no stars at all and can only hope this was a Clipsal only livery.

 

Carsales 2

There are a few changes to the carsales Nissan for 2017, namely some larger areas of that lovely blue, which now covers the majority of the sides and top of the car. I can’t say it’s an improvement on 2016, but it’s still a good look overall.

Carsales 1

The design is still distinctly Nissan with those jagged white lines parallel to the blue areas, although I am slowly getting tired of that ‘Nissan’ look, which thankfully has been broken up by Caruso’s new livery at least.

★★★

 

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin

All smiles at DJR Team Penske with the signing of young gun Scott McGlaughlin and having Shell on board for the entirety of the 2017 season. With this, one of my biggest annoyances of last season is gone! No more one livery fits all. What’s even better is that with Shell, one of the best colour schemes of last season is on the grid for good. Red, yellow and white go together very well, especially in this design.

I was initially a little disheartened when, after announcing a shortlist of liveries, they went with what is essentially last year’s design. However, part of the reason why I wait until Round 1 to do the round-up is to have a cooling off period, to ensure I’m speaking with my head and not my heart (well, not too much). I can now say I’m totally cool with their decision.

DJR 2

One of the biggest differences to last season is the red bonnet, which was white last year. While this makes the design simpler, it adds a further level of continuity and looks great with the bold red and attractively huge Shell logo. Apart from that, little has changed. One is the red boot, matching the bonnet. Another minor adjustment is the top yellow line on the side slimming toward the rear instead of getting larger. They’ve also added a nice touch, with the drivers’ mirrors and wings being yellow for Coulthard and White for McLaughlin.

★★★★

 

Supercheap Auto Racing

Super Cheap 1

A refreshed livery for Chaz Mostert in 2017, with the majority of black seen last season making way for a lot more red. This leads to a great tricolour combination, looking a lot like Ingall’s Holden of a few years ago.

What’s presented is a beautifully complex design which unlike the Nissans, for example, connects large coherently jagged sections together, rather than dropping a bunch of odd lines all over the place.

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Test Day

Each coloured section is outlined by black creating great uniformity and separating the yellow and red well. Black is used nicely as a third colour for splitting the red and yellow and with flashes like behind the front wheels, but isn’t so strong in large sections such as the bonnet, where perhaps plain red would have been fine. I’m just happy to see Supercheap make changes on a yearly basis. Special thanks to Castrol and Ovo for ruining an otherwise completely uniform colour scheme.

★★★★☆

 

TeamVortex

TeamVortex 2

TeamVortex looks refreshed in 2017 with a lot more white bringing a new look to the team. The famous teal is still around on a much smaller scale, interestingly textured for the most part. It’s actually a great pattern using three or four different shades of teal to spice up the livery. Take note Nissan, this is how you use textures without making the car look butt ugly.

Craig Lowndes

The red stripe along the side of the car, as high as it is, squashes the Vortex logo a little too much and could have been avoided if the line was lower. On the other hand, the red and teal lines which start behind the rear side windows and finish on the bonnet look fantastic and frame the Caltex logo really well. Overall, I’m really glad to see this new take on the livery.

★★★★

 

TEKNO Woodstock Racing

Tekno 1

With Darrell Lea not renewing their sponsorship and taking the Stix livery with them, Woodstock have come in with a red, black and white effort that I’m quite indifferent to. Three of the most standard Motorsport colours replace the exciting orange of 2016, but the design itself is what disappoints rather than the colours.

Tekno 2

Red is mainly used on the front of the car, with some of this spilling onto the side, along with some white flashes. The Woodstock logo looks great on the side, but not so nice on the bonnet. I’m not sure why they felt the need to invert the colours, rather than just extending the black a little further out to accommodate the logo in its normal colours. It looks wrong in black with a white shadow, a red base. This might have needed a little less red, or at least some more love in the overall design.

★★

 

 

The Bottle-O Racing Team and Monster Energy Racing

Bottle-O 3

The #5 is back and with it, another evolution of The Bottle-O livery. Bright green remains the overarching colour on the car, but I’m glad to see an increased presence of white this year. While I can’t be sure, it looks as though they’ve toned down the green a notch from radioactive, although I never had an issue with that colour.

Bottle-O 2

The placement of the white makes it look like there is more of it than there actually is. It’s cleverly placed between the roof support, mirrors and in front of the rear wheel to open the livery up where it was quite dull last year with the large black sections. Speaking of black, it’s no longer matte this year, going against the grain, as the fad takes over the grid in 2017.

There’s still a few too many things happening on this livery, with the white and black sections not really speaking to each other, but still looks pretty good as a whole.

★★★☆

 

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Waters is looking a new man in 2017 with two solid performances in Adelaide. His car too, is looking the goods. Gone are a the weird grey bits from last season and this results in a super clean livery.

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It’s completely matte black, ensuring that all the logos, especially Monster, match well. Not too much more to say about this. You can’t screw up a livery if you don’t design one! All jokes aside, smart play for Prodrive. Even seemingly design-free cars like these take a lot of effort and sometimes keeping it simple is the best thing to do and lead to nice looking cars.

★★★

 

Wilson Security Racing GRM

Garth Tander and James Moffat

A shake up at GRM means they’re racing two brand new Holdens, with Garth Tander at the wheel of the #33 after switching from Walkinshaw. At first I was surprised to see they’d kept the cyan colour on the car which was synonymous with Volvo, but I’m glad they have, because it is a great colour. On second thought, it appears they are still sponsored by Volvo trucks, so that might be the reason for retaining cyan. It also matches really well with white, black and red that is on the car, making this one of the most coherent four colour liveries I’ve seen.

GRM 2

The 2016 livery was already fantastic but this has to be just as good. Cyan is relegated to secondary status, with white evolving into the main colour. The black and cyan along the side fan out toward the rear, and whilst I’ve been largely against pinstripes lately, the black one on the side of this car actually looks pretty good.

The front of this car is also great, using the cars lines nicely on the bonnet and using the same design style as the side. The red headlights are neat and I don’t even mind the red Payce moustache. A+ for colour, design and sponsor uniformity.

★★★★☆

 

And that’s 2017 for liveries. A few different themes on the grid this year such like matte paint and different textures, but all in all  there’s a great mix of designs and colours. While they can’t all look good, there are definitely a few stunners in there. There are also a few wildcards this year, but I’d prefer to see them on track before analysing them. Now we can just hope for great on track battles, in what may be the last year of true V8 racing in Australia.

 

Bonus Awards

Almost forgot about this!

 

Best Looker Award – Preston Hire Racing

I was tempted to give this to GRM, but the canary yellow and black, presented in the largely two tone design has to be my favourite on the grid this year.

Least Attractive Award – Sengled Racing

Hands down. That texture is truly awful and ruins what would probably have been an average livery anyway.

Most Improved Award – Monster Energy Racing

With a lot of teams moving backwards, Prodrive have simplified and improved. Getting rid of the grey bits and green that didn’t match makes a world of different.

Biggest Nagger Award – Red Bull Holden Racing Team

The current F1 livery is superb, so there was potential for Red Bull Holden to do the same. It falls short on a couple areas, namely the outline Red Bull logo and bull, which is quite annoying. I wonder if they’ll experiment during the season.

It’s Time to Move On Award – Nissan

Their overall design theme is beginning to look tired. Let’s do something new in 2018 guys.

Potential F1 Livery Award – MEGA Racing

Poor colour choice and bland design. Belongs in F1!

 

 

 

Round-Up – Supercars 2017 Field

Livery Lunches – 2017 Supercars Part 2

The Bottle-O Racingbottle-o

I’ve increased the contrast and saturation in this image, as what has been released so far has been quite washed out. Looks like a lot more white this year after mainly green and black the last few. A nice change!

MEGA Racing

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Brand new sponsor on the grid in Mega Energy, but boy is this livery poor. Horrible colours which don’t go well together (albeit forced by the sponsor logo) and a boring design accentuated by the large uninterrupted white section, leading to a livery that I wouldn’t even expect to see on a struggling Super2 (Development Series) team. How disappointing.

GoGetta Nissan

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LeBrocq will be driving a Nissan in the Super2 series this year and will wildcard in a couple of Supercars rounds. A bright multicoloured livery thanks to GoGetta, but in an undeniably Nissan design. Perhaps one colour too many though.

Harvey Norman Nissan

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Simona will be driving this mainly red Nissan full time this year. Looks pleasant from what we’ve seen so far and again, very Nissan.

Penrite Erebus

during the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12HR, in Bathurst, Australia, February 16, 2017.

A bit of change here for David Reynolds. A lot darker this year with no real design on the side, just a giant Penrite logo. This is accompanied by a busy front section, and boy does the grille trimming look nice. Perhaps could have used a bit more of this trimming along the side, as it almost feels like two seperate liveries on the side and front. The gold looks a little lighter too which is a nice, subtle change.

GB Galvanizing Erebus

during the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12HR, in Bathurst, Australia, February 16, 2017.

A matte grey design, but not a boring one! Quite full on with the different shades of grey, along with red and white forming a livery that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern racing helmet (busy and edgy). The design on the rear vaguely reminds me of Kimi Raikkonen’s helmet.

Garry Rogers Motorsport

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Quite surprised to see GRM stick with the same colours in 2017, as a feel the whole Cyan colour scheme was very closely related to Volvo. That said, a lot more white this time around, and the blue still has significance with GRM’s long standing partner Valvoline.

Freightliner Racing

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Freightliner have also lightened up this year, ditching most of the red and black in favour of white and silver. Looks refreshing at first glance, although the arched top of the Freightliner logo juts away from the shape of the design, which irks me. Will have to assess this further when more pictures are released!

Preston Hire Racing

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A two tone livery here, utilising Canary yellow this year, along with black, in a simple, smart design. Very distinguishable from the Penrite Erebus too which is important. Two thumbs up.

Livery Lunches – 2017 Supercars Part 2

Livery Updates – Supercars Retro Round Liveries

What a great initiative this is! The first round of this year’s Enduro Cup at Sandown has been given theme ‘Retro Round’. While spectators have been encouraged to dress up in the best retro attire, some of the teams have themselves created some ‘new’ liveries based on some old favourites.

Brand Jones Racing

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#8

Team BOC’s retro livery pays tribute to Brad Jones’1991 AUSCAR machine. In plain bright red, the livery does well to match the feel of the original including a cool retro number, as well as the AUSCAR/NASCAR style front wheel arch logos. Top points for hitting the brief, but it’s very plain.

freightliner-racing

#14

Freightliner Racing isn’t based on a retro car, but is instead an original ‘retro’ design. It definitely gives off a 60s feel with the white, pinstriped section ending just in front of the front wheels, leaving the bumper and bonnet all in red. The old style logos really top this one off, although I wish the Freightliner logo was vertically centred.

DJR Team Penske
#17

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This livery has actually been on my review list for a while now, but I never mangaged to get around to it! Thankfully for me, DJR Team Penske have gone ahead and recreated their 2003 (the 2000s are retro now oh boy) Falcon livery in what is a spot on adaptation. Driven by Steve Johnson and Max Wilson that year, the bright yellow design features a white section along the doors, outlined by thick red. At first glance it just look like an interesting spiked design, but on further inspection, the front section looks like a giant Shell logo placed on the bonnet, with the rear supporting the design theme.

Clever design work, a really lovely livery and replicated to an absolute tee. Only thing missing on the new version are the white wheels! I also thought it was semi-ironic to see American racing rival Haas as a sponsor on the 2003 version.

#66

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On the Coulthard/Youlden car, DJR have attempted to recreate Penske’s 1972 Indy 500 winner, which was driven by Mark Donohue. It’s nice to see DJR Penske touch on both sides of the team’s history, but I have a couple of issues with this one.

Firstly, it’s difficult to transfer a single seater livery onto a sedan. Obviously I can’t blame the team for this, but I need to point out that it’s tough to make this one look authentic. Secondly, the yellow used here matches MightyMite, which is a much cooler shade than the warm Sunoco yellow, which is done out of necessity, but brings the level of authenticity down. Thirdly, the livery design itself is significantly different to the original. Where the 1972 version had lone pin stripes along the contours of the car, this weekend’s version has a thick double set of lines beneath the side windows, going against the original design. The number is nice, but I’m not sure why they felt the need to put it in a ‘retro’ circle when the original didn’t have one.

Apart from the blue, and the yellow wing/splitter sections, it’s unfortunately quite a poor representation of the original.

Nissan Motorsport
#23

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Hard to judge this effort against the original 1966 Datsun due to the lack of and quality of images on the internet, but it seems as though Nissan have done a good job. With liveries very plain back in the day, Nissan have taken what distinguishing features they could from the original; the stand out red colour, as well as the black circle and white numbers, with the letter A next to them (this represents the class the original Datsun had raced in – thanks Jose for the info!). The tilted number/letter combo on the bonnet is great too.

In addition, there is a silver stripe along the bottom side of the car, perhaps mimicking the silver trimmings back in the day.

#96

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I love how obscure a livery they have chosen to replicate here and brings hope for exciting new (old) liveries in retro rounds for years to come. Nissan have done a great job on this effort, with the mostly white car featuring a red and blue split section along the sides. The big yellow number is very NASCAR, as are the technical sponsors behind the front wheel.

Good to see the original GB Galvanizing logo used on the front bumper. Some good attention to detail here. Definitely fits the retro brief!

Wilson Security GRM

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Despite the ongoing drama between Gary Rogers Motorport and Volvo, the team have decided to pay tribute to the 240T, which won the ATCC title in 1986. I have to say I’m a little surprised as to how well this has been transferred to the 2016 machine!

The four stripes in four different shades of blue start at the intake (unlike the original) and go straight along the side of the car, before jutting up and thickening, ending at the Wilson logo. Whilst Wilson Security have used their current logo (although it may be an old one that hasn’t evolved much, I’m unsure), Valvoline have used an old school one which is very nice to see. With the added red which didn’t feature on the original, as well as a few other liberties taken by GRM, it makes for an awesome take on a nice livery. I’d be quite happy to see this design stick around for a few more races!

Supercheap Auto Racing

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Prodrive have gone back to 2002 for this livery and have done things a little differently in replicating the retro design, but with updated logos. They’ve done a superb job with this one, taking very few liberties (in terms of actual design) in recreating the original livery, whilst making it fit the new car very well.

The thing that jumps out initially is the brilliant vibrant purple that has been used. What an awesome colour; not used very often, but would easily look great over an entire livery. The purple, red and yellow combination is not one many would choose willingly, but given this round’s theme, it suits me just fine.

The design is rather simple, with the red and yellow sweeping up the side of the car toward the rear wing. The main excitement in this livery for me comes in the form of the two yellow sections coming from the headlights. What looks rather tame on the original is super aggressive on the tribute, as it’s been made to fit the new Falcon’s mean looking headlights very nicely.

What helps this livery work is the omission of the green Castrol section on the bonnet, who ironically sponsored the 2002 car, featuring in the very position it had been on Chaz’s 2015 car and on the other two PRA cars this year.

Erebus Motorsport
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The livery design on the Reynolds/Baird Erebus machine is not based off an old car, but rather has taken inspiration from main sponsor Penrite. Using a retro Penrite logos and colours from the 1960s, the livery pulls off a fantastic vintage look. It features a straight, main blue section along the side, with red and white stripes above and below the logo, following the lines of the car from front to rear.

This is all based off the old Penrite Oil cans and the bonnet shows this off best. I’d perhaps have preferred to see the thin red lines match up, possible connect better from the bonnet to the side of the car, but overall, the livery is fantastic.

#222 Lucas Dumbrell Motosport

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LDM, for the Percatt/McConville machine, have replicated Phil Munday’s speedway livery from the 1970’s, using the long time supporter’s original logo and colours. Unfortunately I couldn’t find an image of the original livery.

While simplicity can work, it often comes down to the colours used to determine whether the livery is pleasant or not. In this case, the lovely green and contrasting white make the simple design shine. It’s just a thick green band wrapped around the car when it comes down to it, but the placement is great and with the lovely colour scheme it is very easy on the eye.

TeamVortex

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Finally, TeamVortex haven’t based their livery on a real retro livery, instead using the old Caltex logo as inspiration. It is very basic and very similar to Nissan’s retro design in they are both basically simple red liveries, with a white line along the side of the car. The Triple 8 car includes some Red Bull branding on the front and rear bumpers. A basic design, but not exciting and also not ugly. I almost forgot about the Bright/Jones Commodore, so there you go, three plain red cars with different sponsors on them.

A great initiative by Supercars and while I’m not sure how many years it will carry on for, I’m sure we’ll all be excited to see what the team’s will decide to pay tribute to at Sandown every time.

 

Here are a couple of bonus liveries:

holdsworth-retro

I was hesitant to include the Preston Hire livery because the only change they’ve made is plonking a giant ‘retro’ #18 across the front door and quarter panel. Perhaps that and the red and yellow off centre stripes along the top of the car, but I didn’t even notice that until looking at this picture! Nice to see they wanted to join in the fun, but seems as though they haven’t put in too much effort.

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Not a retro design, but rather a livery update. Sandown saw Aaren Russell join Andre Heimgartner at LDM for the enduros and in doing so, bringing a new Fitness Plus livery to the grid. It’s a little different to the one used on the Erebus Commodore, with less white on this version, but does look like there has been a little less attention to detail. For example, the double logos along the side just look strange and with the black background, does give off the feel of a decal being slapped on the side of the car. I have an inkling this may be tinkered with further before Bathurst.

 

 

Livery Updates – Supercars Retro Round Liveries

Liveries of the Day – Garry Rogers Motorsport VE & VF Commodores, 2012 & 2013

GRM 1

Let’s start with the 2012 machine. Driven full time by Michael Caruso and Frenchman Alex Premat, this proved a rather fruitless season for GRM. Caruso had a few good top 10 results, but was ultimately unable to reach the podium, whilst Premat struggled to get to grips with the V8s; his best result of the season a 13th at Symmons Plains.

The livery, however, was far more memorable than the results. In 2012, the commodore was painted in an intriguing shade of bronze-silver. This is one of those colours that I imagine was stumbled upon by accident by the design guys when messing about before the ‘eureka’ moment of “Hey, this actually works pretty well!” It’s an interesting and unique colour that stands out in my memory, and for the right reasons.

GRM 2

The bright red contrasts the base colour well, whether it is split by white or directly beside the bronze-silver. The actual livery design isn’t exactly ground breaking, but it is a very pleasing touring car design. Red, black and white are a gimme combination and the sweeping oval shape over the side, along with the solid red block across the hood and roof work well with the shape of the car.

GRM 3

However, there are a couple of things that irk me about this livery. The Fujitsu logo is tilted awkwardly diagonally. Perhaps this allows for the logo to be as large as possible on the car, but it should be straight, parallel to the window frame. I was also going to say that the blue that Valvoline brings to the car was one colour too many and that maybe it should have just been in white, but the blue headlights actually work really well and give the car an extra menacing look. Then James Hinchcliffe partnered Caruso on the Gold Coast and brought with him Go Daddy sponsorship. To put it simply, that really pushed it over the edge. Six colours on a car is incredibly tough to pull off, especially when electric green is involved.

GRM 4

2013 brought a new car and a new driver. Wonder kid Scott McLaughlin was to partner Premat this time around, and with his arrival came great success. McLaughlin won 2 races in his rookie season and Premat even finished the first race of the season in a personal best of 4th.

GRM 5

The reason I combined these two liveries into one post is because, even though they look so different, they are really the same livery with the colours swapped around. In 2013, the main colour was red, with oval design consisting of black, silver and this time a colour closer to gold than bronze. Whilst the regular livery was nice, it was the deep red version (which I believe was only used in the enduros, but I could be wrong) which really stood out to me.

GRM 6

I would have to describe the colour used in this special livery as reflective crimson. It is an absolutely stunning shade of red and I can’t believe it hasn’t been used more often in motorsport. The reflective nature of it just enhances the livery, adding another dimension of beauty and complexity, especially in natural light. The silver parts are also reflective, effectively chrome, which pop out really nicely to add some bright contrast to the deep red.

On top of this, they corrected the Fujitsu logo for 2013! It runs parallel to the window frame and it looks infinitely better than the year before.

GRM 7

So, a pair of memorable liveries from GRM. These proved to be the last liveries of their Commodore era, although the striking liveries were to continue, with the bright blue Volvo machines the following year.

Liveries of the Day – Garry Rogers Motorsport VE & VF Commodores, 2012 & 2013