Triple Eight has unveiled the retro livery it will run on its two Red Bull Holden Racing Team cars at the Sandown 500 next month.
The first of the three endurance races will for the second year running carry a retro theme, with teams encouraged to run ‘throwback’ liveries.
The first to confirm its old school paintwork is Triple Eight, with a Holden Dealer Team-inspired livery penned by renowned designer Peter Hughes for the two Red Bull-backed factory Holdens.
“This livery is a direct throwback to the glorious years of Holden’s original factory racing team, which I’m confident the fans will love,” said Hughes.
“HDT’s 1971 GTR-XU1 Torana was drawn upon for the thick, simple red striping and placement of the historic Holden Lion on the c-pillar, combining it with the 1970s Holden font on the rear quarter signage.
“Keeping true to the look of the era, the bonnets of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodores are dark blue, maintaining the stark contrast between panels that was common for the period.”
Van Gisbergen, who will team up with Porsche star Matt Campbell for the long-distance races, has given the retro livery the thumbs up.
“I think our Commodores will look awesome, they’re so different to what we usually race, hopefully the fans like our throwback livery as much as we all do,” said the Kiwi.
“I’m a bit too young to have seen the original HDT Monaros and Toranas racing, and I don’t even think Craig Lowndes was around back then, but I’ve been a Holden fan since I was a kid so it’s pretty special that we can now pay tribute to this historic era in our own way.”
This is the first RBHRT retro livery, the team having opted to run its regular livery but dress the crew in 1960s-themed outfits at last year's Sandown 500.