Reconciliation is at the heart of the livery which will adorn Jack Smith’s car in Darwin.
Teams have been engaged with artists to design Indigenous-themed liveries for the upcoming Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.
Brad Jones Racing has taken the covers off Smith’s SCT Logistics Commodore, which features artwork by Elenore Binge.
Binge, a Goomeroi/Kamilaroi woman born in Goondiwindi, designed the artwork title ‘Younger’.
She was inspired to paint by her great Aunt Colleen McGrady, having learnt the symbols and animals of the Gamilaroi people.
‘Younger’ was originally commissioned by the Australian Rail Track Corporation as part of its Reconciliation Action Plan.
Binge has given her blessing for her artwork to appear on Smith’s car.
"Younger depicts Mother Earth, the land we call Australia, and the waterways are her veins," she explained.
"Our Ancestors have walked this Country since time began.
"The Traditional Custodians of each Nation are our Spirit Guides, and they are there to protect our Lands and to make the reconciliation journey a safe one.
"The Traditional bush medicines acknowledge healing and moving forward with shared learning of the reconciliation journey.
"The black and white hands symbolise reconciliation. Railway tracks are depicted throughout, and the blue lines are Mother Earth’s veins, representing our rivers and waterways.
"The No Harm and Meeting Place symbols and the Five Spirit Guides of the five states that we operate on and through are surrounded by the white footprints of the Ancestors gone before us, surrounded by Sacred Sites that may be on Country."
In 2021, ARTC’s Reconciliation Action Plan Team commissioned Elenore to create ‘Younger' as a representation of the Corporation’s aspiration for reconciliation.
SCT Logistics CEO Glenn Smith was delighted the #4 Commodore will carry Binge’s artwork at Hidden Valley.
“SCT works closely with the ARTC and given the long and strong ties to the rail industry we hold, we feel that the artwork aligns significantly with our business and our own connection to country as well,” Smith explained.
"As the artwork was created to depict the ongoing journey of reconciliation and engagement with the traditional landowners of the land on which we operate, we felt it was the perfect piece to adorn Jack’s car for the Darwin event and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it looks."