Nissan Motorsport will campaign a retro livery at this year’s Bathurst 1000 endurance race, paying homage to the thirtieth anniversary of the Bluebird Turbo taking pole position at Mount Panorama.

Michael Caruso’s #36 Norton sponsored Altima – which he co-pilots with Dean Fiore – will be the lucky car to wear the predominantly white colour scheme, which will mark the first time that Nissan has run a tribute livery since returning to Australian touring car racing last year.

“Nissan has a rich history at Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000, and we felt there was no better way to celebrate the event than to pay homage to one of our fastest cars,” said Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery.

“In the hands of George Fury, the Nissan Bluebird Turbo was the fastest car to ever lap the famous circuit (clocking a 2m13.85s). It was a moment that I remember well and people still talk about today.

“With the red and blue stripes, Michael Caruso’s Nissan Altima looks a treat and we can’t wait to see it at the Bathurst 1000.”

As part of the thirtieth celebrations, Fury will be reunited with his famous Blurbird Turbo, which has been faithfully restored to its former glory. The Hungarian-born driver will perform a series of demonstration laps over the course of the Bathurst 1000 weekend, which takes place between October 9-12.

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