With the Sandown 500 ‘Retro Round’ just around the corner, Team BOC is the latest team to reveal their historic livery for the upcoming endurance race event.
This retro livery has unique past in comparison to the other retro cars that will be at Sandown, as this car is an important part of the Jones brothers’ history.
The livery concept was presented by BJR’s in house designer Brad Norman, however it was a last minute decision for the Jones brothers to pay tribute to one of their championship winning AUSCARs.
Team Boss Brad Jones reflects on the design saying “Looking back at our AUSCAR days, it was a great part of our history and really had the heart and soul of Kim and I in it. Our Supercars history only dates back to 2001, but we’ve got a proud history in motorsport.”
2016 marks 25 years since Brad won the 1991 AUSCAR Championship in the #8 VN Commodore, which was one of his whopping 5 AUSCAR championship titles, before moving onto NASCAR.
“Every time I see that car it brings back memories of the Thunderdome and I hope it brings back a lot of memories for those people that used to come there and watch us race.”
The simple design stays true to the original, and retro logos from the team sponsors have been used where possible to make this look even more authentic.
“The original car was painted and so is this. Mark, Anna and Brad who make up our PPG paint team did a fantastic job on the car.”
“This particular car won every race it competed in bar one. I’m hoping we can replicate some of that success at Sandown. It would be great to see Jason and Andrew on the podium at the end of the weekend.”
The retired AUSCAR, which was used for a number of years at the local Wodonga Motorsport TAFE for safety exercises, has recently relocated to a new home in Melbourne, Karting Madness. Lilydale’s Karting Madness is Australia’s largest indoor go karting track, where racers will see this car and more on display at the must-see, fun and fast circuit.
PHOTO: Tim Farrah
Published: 06 September 2016.