Sandown 500 Retro Livery

The Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit is one that holds many fond memories for me and the current Wilson Security Sandown 500 is a race that has been running since 1964 when it began as a 6-hour endurance race. Peter Brock dominated the event and won 7 consecutive “Hang Ten 400” races as it was known in the day between 1975 and 1981. Personally, my best result in a Touring Car was in 1980 when I came second to Brocky in the Hang Ten 400 and was followed in 3rd by Allan Moffat, I must have been lucky!

The years roll on and the introduction of the retro round is something that our sponsor group including Wilson Security, Valvoline and PAYCE have embraced. We are very fortunate that our sponsors respect the history of our sport and embrace the idea of reliving our past with retro cars.

Personally, for my Team I see it as a positive initiative so long as there is relevance in what we present. I am very happy with what we have come up with this year!

CAR #33 Tander/Golding

  

Garth’s career with GRM began at the Phillip Island round of 1998 as Steve Richards left following an opportunity with Nissan in England. Garth rang me and said he heard we needed a driver and believed he was the man. We tested Garth on the Tuesday the week of the PI round and the rest is history. The car we have recreated is the ex-Gibson Motorsport “Sega” car that Mark Skaife raced and we purchased from Gibson Motorsport at the end of 1996 season. Steve Richards campaigned the car in 1997 and along with his dad Jim finished 2nd at Bathurst behind Perkins/Ingall. Garth raced the remainder of the 1998 season in this car before it was sold to the Donaher’s and became the Ultra Tune car.

It's amazing how quickly the years go and I am very, very proud of the things that we have done over the years and to see Garth in the livery that he first raced with GRM will be special.

CAR #34 Moffat/Muscat

  

Of course the Moffat name is nearly as famous as the Rogers name in Australian Motorsport (just kidding !!) and in my opinion the livery for the #34 is the best I have seen. I would love to claim the credit for the idea, but all the credit must go to James. 

Moff came and saw me and said it was 30 years this year that his dad raced the Rothmans VL Commodore at Spa and asked if it was possible to recreate that car. Of course Allan is best known for his exploits in a Ford and of course the Mazda RX-7, but there was that time when he raced a Holden and to recreate a car that Australia took to the world is fantastic, I’m sure James will be very proud racing it.