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THE Sandown SuperSprint will boast a retro vibe courtesy of a special tribute livery Jack Perkins will don for a Super2 Series cameo.

Perkins, 35, will be in action for Eggleston Motorsport as part of the build-up to his 17th start in the Repco Bathurst 1000 this October.

For the occasion, across August 19-21, he will sport a livery paying homage to the 40th anniversary of his father Larry first teaming up with Peter Brock.

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The Brock/Perkins combination delivered Great Race success for the Holden Dealer Team in 1982, 1983 and 1984, also winning the Sandown 500 in the latter of those years.

Four decades on, the paint scheme associated with that 1982 triumph has been emulated on Jack Perkins’ Shaw and Partners Financial Services VF Commodore.

The one-time Repco Supercars Championship race winner has also grown a moustache akin to his father’s ’82 look and will wear a replica HDT suit and helmet.

The #50 has been chosen, in a reverse of the famous Brock #05.

Larry Perkins, Peter Brock and the HDT #05 team in 1982. Pic: Supplied

“This is such a cool thing to be doing. Earl Evans and his team at Shaw and Partners were super keen to help me prepare for Bathurst with Will Brown and Erebus Motorsport,” Perkins said.

“We pencilled in Sandown early in the year and thought about what we could do to celebrate the sport, my father, Peter Brock, and others like [Dick] Johnson and [Allan] Moffat, as they left us with such a fantastic sport, and they deserve to be celebrated.

“I reached out to design guru Peter Hughes, and we chose 1982 as it is the 40th anniversary for my dad’s first Bathurst win, and the livery is something that hadn’t been seen on a VF Commodore before.

“I’m over the moon with how everything, the car, suit, and helmet, has come up – except the moustache.

“It’s the itchiest, ugliest thing I’ve ever done, but I wanted to go all in for the throwback.”

Jack and Larry Perkins with a replica photoshoot 40 years on. Pic: Supplied

Shaw and Partners co-CEO Evans voiced his excitement at honouring two champions at historic Sandown.

“It is incredible what these two men, Larry Perkins and Peter Brock, achieved and to be able to support Jack to race in the livery of these two phenomenal race drivers and celebrate their successes on the 40th anniversary of their team up is something extraordinary,” he said.    

“Jack’s retro livery is something I am sure many fans will be excited about, as they will with Jack growing his father’s famous moustache, although I’m not sure he now thinks that was a great idea!”

Perkins also reserved thanks for other supporters who’ve made the initiative a reality, including Eggleston Motorsport, Noble Logistics, Muscle Car Warehouse, Southern Cross Truck Rentals, and ARB Penrith.

Having last made a one-off appearance in the second tier at Townsville in 2021, Perkins is a seven-time Super2 race winner.

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