Gallery: The retro Supercars field in full
The factory Holden squad has taken its inspiration from the Holden Dealer Team cars of the late ’60s and early ’70s with the font and positioning of logos.
DJR Team Penske has opted for a subtle approach to the Retro Round, re-working the Shell logos to celebrate the long association between team part-owner Dick Johnson and the oil brand.
For the Kelly brothers, Nissan has opted to celebrate the glory days of the Brock Racing Enterprises Datsuns that dominated in The States in 1970s.
Caruso’s Altima is celebrating the famous Calsonic colours that have been so successful in Japanese Touring Car racing, and taken around the world by the early Gran Turismo games.
The record-breaking Nissan R380 Type II streamliner is the unusual inspiration behind Simona de Silvestro’s retro livery.
The name’s Bond. Colin Bond. Triple Eight went 1980s for Craig Lowndes’s Caltex-backed Commodore.
The Jones brothers have gone with a three-pronged tribute to childhood hero Norm Beechey. First up, Tim Blanchard’s car sporting the livery that took Beechey to the 1965 Australian Touring Car Championship title at Sandown.
Nick Percat’s Commodore carries the colours that Beechey ran on his Chevy Nova in 1967.
Tim Slade, meanwhile, looks back at Beechey’s 1970 ATCC title triumph.
Reynolds’s Commodore pays tribute to the Team Brock Torana, which Phil and Peter Brock took to Sandown glory in 1976.
The second Erebus car has gone with a cool 1990s look, inspired by the now-defunct Australian NASCAR scene.
PRA has only opted to dress one car up in retro kit, calling back on two decades of Supercheap liveries to come up with a 1999-inspired colour scheme for Chaz Mostert’s Falcon.
GRM is the Retro Round star. This year it’s a 1998 throwback for Garth Tander’s car, and a tribute to the Commodore that won the opening round of the WTCC in 1987 at Monza for James Moffat (whose dad was one of the winning drivers). The team has even gone with retro whitewalled tyres on its transporter and Tander’s co-driver James Golding is sporting a world-beating mullet.
The former Holden Racing Team has gone with a tribute to Rick Kelly and Garth Tander’s back-to-back title wins under the HSV Dealer Team banner back in ’06/’07 – ironically a year after Tander was flung from Clayton days after winning the Sandown 500.
This seems to be the fan favourite so far. An excellent call back to when Peter Brock joined the Holden Racing Team back in 1994.
Some more 1990s love, this time with the original artwork used when sponsor Plus Fitness launched 25 years ago.
Phil Munday, owner of the car’s primary sponsor Repair Management Australia, started his first panel shop four decades ago – which is being celebrated with this simple retro livery.
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