Perkins unveils retro Larry tribute livery

Dunlop Series
12 Sep
Jack Perkins will pay homage to legendary father Larry with a tribute livery
3 mins by James Pavey
  • Jack Perkins #70 Shaw and Partners Holden to carry retro livery

  • Livery pays tribute to Larry Perkins' 1993 Bathurst victory

  • Jack to carry livery at Sandown and Bathurst Super2 rounds

Jack Perkins will pay homage to legendary father Larry with a tribute livery on his Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore at the Sandown and Bathurst Dunlop Series rounds.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Larry Perkins’ 1993 Bathurst victory alongside the late Gregg Hansford.

The 1993 victory was the fourth of six Bathurst wins for Larry, who won with Peter Brock three times on the bounce between 1982 and 1984, and twice more with Russell Ingall in 1995 and 1997.

Jack’s Erebus Commodore will carry the famous Castrol colours of the 1993 VP Commodore, complete with white base with the iconic red and green striping.

The second-generation racer will retain the #70, but the car will feature Larry's historic #11 featured along both front doors and the roof.

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“It’s a really cool tribute to be able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dad’s win in ‘93 and the first win for his own team,” Jack said.

“The original car was also the last Holden engine to win at Bathurst and was Perkins Engineering’s first Bathurst win as a team so there’s a lot of history there and it’s been a really cool fit.

“It’s a huge credit to everyone who made this possible and a special thank you to Shaw and Partners for really sharing mine and Dad’s passion for the history of the sport.”

Larry claimed pole for the 1993 race before winning with Hansford. It was the final Great Race victory for a car with a Holden V8 engine.

The 1993 winner was recently restored by Perkins Engineering in a painstaking seven-year project.

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Larry and Jack recently completed a shakedown of the car at Calder Park, with the VP Holden set to take part in 60th anniversary Bathurst celebrations next month.

“The livery certainly brings back memories and it just looks fantastic, simple as that,” Larry added.

“I can still hear the crowd’s tremendous roar in support of us back in ‘93 when we got pole position and won the race so I think this new livery will certainly trigger a few memories from some of the diehard fans.

“I think the fans will really enjoy it and Jack and his team have done a great job at restoring the original car so to see Jack’s newly designed Erebus car side by side with the original is just fantastic.

“The shakedown at Calder went really well so I’m excited to give it another go around the Mountain in October.”

Jack is 19th in the Super2 standings heading to Sandown, where he won the 2019 round. The new-look car will hit the track for the first time at this weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown 500 at 9:50am AEST for Practice 1.

He will also co-drive alongside Will Brown for the first enduro of the Gen3 era in the Erebus #9 Coca-Cola Camaro Supercar.

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