Five memorable indigenous liveries

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 12/06/2018
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Garry Rogers Motorsport’s new livery is the latest indigenous-themed look to join the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid.

Supercars.com revisits five memorable efforts, celebrating a series of partnerships between teams and the indigenous community.

2008 – Triple Eight, TeamVodafone

Triple Eight’s fluoro-red Vodafone hues made way for a special scheme at Hidden Valley in 2008.

Its Jamie Whincup- and Craig Lowndes-driven Fords displayed the work of local artist Raymond Walters Japanangka in support of the Red Dust Role Models program.

Although neither driver made the podium across the weekend, the livery remains a unique part of Whincup’s first title-winning season.

V8 Supercars Race 3 action at the SKYCITY Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Darwin

2012 – Dreamtime Racing

V8 Supercars driver Rick Kelly during round 3 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series being held at Pukekohe Raceway, New Zealand. April 20 2007.

The only livery on this list not to run at Hidden Valley, the Dreamtime Racing project was a short-lived Dunlop Super2 Series outfit run by Kelly Racing in 2012.

Fielding Cameron Waters and David Russell, the team was a partnership between private enterprise and the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation.

Endeavouring to employ aboriginal youth in apprenticeship roles throughout the team, the project only lasted four events before folding, while Waters and Russell are reunited this year in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

during the Sucrogen Townsville 400, event 07 of the 2012 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Townsville Street Circuit, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, Friday, July 06, 2012.

2016 – Triple Eight, TeamVortex

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Triple Eight again embraced an indigenous look in 2016, celebrating major sponsor Caltex’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation.

The livery was designed by local student and artist Daniel Thomson; the 14-year-old’s artwork celebrating his family’s love of fishing.

In typical Triple Eight style, the livery was accompanied by a race suit and crew shirts, with money from merchandise sales going to the male youth-focused foundation.

Craig Lowndes of Caltex Racing during the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown,  at the Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, June 19, 2016.

2017 – Brad Jones Racing, Holden

Nick Percat of Brad Jones Racing during the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown,  at the Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, June 17, 2017.

Holden utilised its sponsorship of Brad Jones Racing to showcase its 'Supporting Diversity' messages on Nick Percat’s #8 Commodore at three events last year.

At Hidden Valley, the car featured art produced by Rosebery Middle School student Aimee May, who submitted her work through the Girls Academy of Australia.

Percat gave the special livery a fitting result, recording his first podium with the team in the Saturday race.

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2017 – Garry Rogers Motorsport, Wilson Security

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This year marks the second in succession that Garry Rogers Motorsport will display an indigenous look for the Darwin, Townsville and Ipswich events.

As is the case this year, the 2017 livery utilised the work of artist Hazel Cowburn, promoting sponsor Wilson Security’s Reconciliation Action Plan program.

A group of indigenous dancers from the Wulgurukaba people performed in the team’s garage in Townsville as part of the engagement.

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