Gallery: The retro Supercars field in full

For the second year running, Supercars has singled the Sandown 500 out as its official Retro Round. Let’s take a look at the throwback colour schemes that will help open the Season of Endurance this weekend.

Triple Eight – Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Triple Eight – Red Bull Holden Racing Team
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The factory Holden squad has taken its inspiration from the Holden Dealer Team cars of the late '60s and early '70s with the font and positioning of logos.

DJR Team Penske

DJR Team Penske
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DJR Team Penske has opted for a subtle approach to the Retro Round, re-working the Shell logos to celebrate the long association between team part-owner Dick Johnson and the oil brand.

Photo by: DJR Team Penske

Nissan Motorsport – Todd Kelly/Jack le Brocq and Rick Kelly/David Wall

Nissan Motorsport – Todd Kelly/Jack le Brocq and Rick Kelly/David Wall
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For the Kelly brothers, Nissan has opted to celebrate the glory days of the Brock Racing Enterprises Datsuns that dominated in The States in 1970s.

Nissan Motorsport – Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore

Nissan Motorsport – Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore
4/17

Caruso's Altima is celebrating the famous Calsonic colours that have been so successful in Japanese Touring Car racing, and taken around the world by the early Gran Turismo games.

Nissan Motorsport – Simona de Silvestro/David Russell

Nissan Motorsport – Simona de Silvestro/David Russell
5/17

The record-breaking Nissan R380 Type II streamliner is the unusual inspiration behind Simona de Silvestro's retro livery.

Triple Eight – Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards

Triple Eight – Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards
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The name's Bond. Colin Bond. Triple Eight went 1980s for Craig Lowndes's Caltex-backed Commodore.

Brad Jones Racing – Tim Blanchard/Todd Hazelwood

Brad Jones Racing – Tim Blanchard/Todd Hazelwood
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The Jones brothers have gone with a three-pronged tribute to childhood hero Norm Beechey. First up, Tim Blanchard's car sporting the livery that took Beechey to the 1965 Australian Touring Car Championship title at Sandown.

Brad Jones Racing – Nick Percat/Macauley Jones

Brad Jones Racing – Nick Percat/Macauley Jones
8/17

Nick Percat's Commodore carries the colours that Beechey ran on his Chevy Nova in 1967.

Brad Jones Racing – Tim Slade/Ash Walsh

Brad Jones Racing – Tim Slade/Ash Walsh
9/17

Tim Slade, meanwhile, looks back at Beechey's 1970 ATCC title triumph.

Erebus Motorsport – David Reynolds/Luke Youlden

Erebus Motorsport – David Reynolds/Luke Youlden
10/17

Reynolds's Commodore pays tribute to the Team Brock Torana, which Phil and Peter Brock took to Sandown glory in 1976.

Erebus Motorsport – Dale Wood/Chris Pither

Erebus Motorsport – Dale Wood/Chris Pither
11/17

The second Erebus car has gone with a cool 1990s look, inspired by the now-defunct Australian NASCAR scene.

Prodrive Racing Australia

Prodrive Racing Australia
12/17

PRA has only opted to dress one car up in retro kit, calling back on two decades of Supercheap liveries to come up with a 1999-inspired colour scheme for Chaz Mostert's Falcon.

Photo by: Rod Nash Racing

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Garry Rogers Motorsport
13/17

GRM is the Retro Round star. This year it's a 1998 throwback for Garth Tander's car, and a tribute to the Commodore that won the opening round of the WTCC in 1987 at Monza for James Moffat (whose dad was one of the winning drivers). The team has even gone with retro whitewalled tyres on its transporter and Tander's co-driver James Golding is sporting a world-beating mullet.

HSV Racing – James Courtney/Jack Perkins

HSV Racing – James Courtney/Jack Perkins
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The former Holden Racing Team has gone with a tribute to Rick Kelly and Garth Tander's back-to-back title wins under the HSV Dealer Team banner back in '06/'07 – ironically a year after Tander was flung from Clayton days after winning the Sandown 500.

HSV Racing – Scott Pye/Warren Luff

HSV Racing – Scott Pye/Warren Luff
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This seems to be the fan favourite so far. An excellent call back to when Peter Brock joined the Holden Racing Team back in 1994.

LD Motorsport – Taz Douglas/Aaren Russell

LD Motorsport – Taz Douglas/Aaren Russell
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Some more 1990s love, this time with the original artwork used when sponsor Plus Fitness launched 25 years ago.

LD Motorsport – Alex Rullo/Alex Davison

LD Motorsport – Alex Rullo/Alex Davison
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Phil Munday, owner of the car's primary sponsor Repair Management Australia, started his first panel shop four decades ago – which is being celebrated with this simple retro livery.

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