Prodrive has showcased a classic Supercheap Auto look for Chaz Mostert’s Ford Falcon ahead of this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.
The Melbourne squad has recreated the Supercheap Auto purple, red and yellow colour scheme raced by John Briggs on a Briggs Motorsport EL Falcon during the early part of the 1999 Supercars season.
Automotive retailer Supercheap Auto is celebrating its 20th year in the sport this season.
The new design for Mostert and Steve Owen’s Falcon FGX was selected following a fan vote on social media.
The competition included two other retro inspired Supercheap Auto Racing livery designs raced by Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy when they represented the brand in Supercars.
Mostert heads into Sandown sitting fifth in the championship standings.
“Retro round is a great concept and it is nice to be able to recognise a bit of Supercheap Auto’s 20-year history in the sport this weekend at the Sandown 500,” said Mostert.
“We ran one of their retro liveries last year which was a lot of fun and got a great fan response so hopefully the fans really like what we’ve got this year.
“John Briggs played a big role in Supercheap Auto’s entry to the sport so hopefully we can do him proud.
“John’s original car has been restored and it is great that it is still around.
“I had the chance to check it out and while 1999 isn’t that long ago for a lot of fans, I couldn’t get over how much Supercars have developed.
“You can tell it is a Supercar but it looks ancient when you compare it to the Prodrive Racing FG X Falcon I drive today.
“The technology has come a long way, as have the materials we use to build the car and of course the safety we have has advanced significantly.”
Supercheap Auto General Manager of Customer Communication and Engagement, David Bauer says Prodrive has successfully recaptured the original 1999 livery.
“Motorsport has been a great way to connect with both customers and our internal team members. It really is part of our company DNA,” said Bauer.
“We are lucky that we have so many racing cars that we can pick from when it comes to celebrating retro round, which also links nicely this year with our 20th anniversary in the sport.
“This year we let our fans and customers decide what they wanted to see Chaz and Steve race at Sandown and the overwhelming choice was the 1999 livery.
“The original car was a Ford which is a nice link and I think the modern interpretation is a nice fit on a current Supercar.”
The car will break cover when the Sandown 500 begins with a co-driver practice session on Friday at 1115 AEST.