With this year’s crop of Sandown retro liveries now in public view, Speedcafe.com wants to know your favourite in a special Pirtek Poll.
The retro round theme at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 has not failed to evoke passion and nostalgia in its relatively short history.
While fewer teams have opted to commission special liveries for the occasion this time around, a great deal of thought has been put in by those who have.
The designs range from teams’ own from days past to tributes for other legends of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and even links to other categories altogether.
Inspiration has also been drawn from a vast range of eras, with liveries anywhere from 10 to 50 years old.
Read through the list below then cast your vote for the best retro paintjob in this special Pirtek Poll.
Tickford Racing: 1969 Moffat Mustang (#55)
Tickford has deviated from its recent practice of reverting to a past Supercheap Auto Racing livery for its #55 Ford this year.
Its retro livery for 2019 is nevertheless fitting as it mimics that of the old ‘Coca-Cola Mustang’ which Allan Moffat, father of #55 co-driver James, debuted at Sandown in 1969.
Erebus Motorsport: JPS Team BMW (#9, #99)
For the third year running, Erebus’s Penrite Racing livery has been transformed in honour of a past hero of Australian motorsport.
This time around, the team which has itself won the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in recent years has opted for a JPS Team BMW look as a tribute to the great Jim Richards.
Tekno Autosports: 1979 Bob Morris Torana (#19)
Tekno Autosports has got into the spirit by trading its usual orange and black hues for the blue, green, and white look of the 1979 Australian Touring Car Championship-winning Torana.
The National Transport Insurance-backed car is a nod to the victorious Bob Morris, who helped design the radical livery of the Ron Hodgson-owned A9X himself.
Team 18: Kurt Busch NASCAR (#18)
With its major backer being Irwin Tools, Team 18 looked outside of Australian motorsport to come up with a creation from its sponsor’s NASCAR activities.
The livery is that which Kurt Busch had for half of the 2004 Cup Series, when he won three races and the championship as a whole.
23Red Racing: Reversed Milwaukee colours (#23)
23Red Racing has once again opted for an interpretation of the retro theme rather than a specific livery.
In a reversal of its usual colours, the #23 Mustang has been switched to a predominantly white look with an older version of major backer Milwaukee Tool’s logo.
Brad Jones Racing: OzEmail Racing Team (#14, #21)
Although Brad Jones Racing has different retro liveries for its Freightliner Racing and Team CoolDrive entries, we consider them a pair for the purpose of the exercise.
That is because the Albury team largely ran a white OzEmail car and an otherwise same-looking black one in its early years as a multi-car operation.
There were two broad versions of OzEmail liveries over the five years which the internet service provider backed the team for, with that selected for 2019 being the earlier one that Brad Jones and John Cleland took to second place in the 2001 Bathurst 1000.
Walkinshaw Andretti United: 1999 Mobil 1 Holden Racing Team (#2, #22)
Walkinshaw Andretti United has revived the iconic lion and helmet logo which it proudly raced with in its days as the factory Holden Racing Team.
The particular HRT livery which it has chosen is that from 1999, when Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes delivered the team a sweep of one-twos in what was a sprint round at Sandown.
Matt Stone Racing: 2009 Sherrin Rentals car (#35)
Matt Stone Racing may run a rolling sponsorship model, but it has still managed to delve into the past with its Sherrins Rentals livery for this weekend’s Supercars Championship event.
The livery is based on that which David Russell, who raced with the team in the Super2 Series last month at Mount Panorama, had in the second tier of Supercars in 2009.
Which retro livery is your favourite? Cast your vote in this special Pirtek Poll.