With next weekend’s Bathurst 1000 endurance spectacular drawing ever closer, several of the V8 Supercars teams are opting to run special livery schemes at the event.
The factory-backed Ford Performance Racing stable will deck out its three cars in retrospective liveries to commemorate two of the ‘Blue Oval’s greatest victories in the event’s fifty-year history.
The #5 and #6 Ford Falcons driver by Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison will depict the colour scheme run by Alan Moffat and Colin Bond, who led Ford to a famous 1-2 finish in their XC Hardtop racers.
The #55 Bottle-O Racing entry driven by David Reynolds and co-driver Dean Canto will pay homage to Harry Firth and Fred Gibson’s Ford Falcon that won the 1967 event.
They won’t be the only drivers running tribute liveries. Dick Johnson Racing’s James Moffat is set to ditch his black and gold Norton 360 colour scheme for a ‘True Blue’ livery, while former Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes will run a special Peter Brock tribute livery to honour his former team-mate, a nine-time Bathurst winner. Their liveries will be unveiled this week,
Meanwhile, the Wilson Security-sponsored entry of David Wall and Chris Pither will adopt a pink colour scheme this weekend in support of the McGrath Foundation breast cancer charity.
The move continues the partnership between sponsor and charity that has seen pink-hued cars at each of the last four Bathurst 1000 events.
“It’s an amazing cause that has helped a lot of people through tough times. I was first part of it in 2009 and, when the opportunity came up to run a dedicated livery again, I was very enthused about it all.”
Wall’s #21 Holden Commodore will run the pink scheme again at the season-ending Telstra 500 at Sydney.
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