GARRY Rogers Motorsport has returned one of its last Commodore Supercars to its former Sandown 500 retro livery.
The ZB Commodore raced by Garth Tander in his last full-time season with the team has been returned to its 2018 Sandown 500 retro livery as it was raced by the now four-time Bathurst 1000 winner and Chris Pither.
The duo finished ninth in that year’s Sandown 500, carrying the same ‘Sebring Orange’ colours that Rogers had carried on his A9X Torana at Bathurst when he made his ‘Great Race’ debut 40 years earlier alongside Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan.
However, there’s one major difference between how the car ran in 2018 at Sandown and now it is now presented in the foyer of Garry Rogers Motorsport: the livery now on the car has been hand-painted by Neville ‘Brushes’ Bolton, whereas it was a sticker wrap three years ago.
The car has taken up prime residence in the welcome foyer of the GRM facility in Dandenong, Melbourne.
It was one of two ZB Commodore Supercars built by GRM. It was raced by Tander in 2018 and then became Richie Stanway’s Boost Mobile car in 2019.
The Kiwi raced it for most of that season, though was replaced mid-weekend at Winton due to a neck injury by Pither.
Michael Caruso drove it at Townsville and Queensland Raceway, Pither ran it at The Bend and then co-drove it with Stanaway for Sandown and Bathurst before the latter was replaced on Sunday morning on the Gold Coast by Dylan O’Keeffe after the Kiwi was stood down by Rogers.
Stanaway drove the car in its final Supercars Championship appearance at Newcastle and GRM exited the category after that weekend.
Team owner Garry Rogers will be the next guest on the V8 Sleuth Podcast Powered by Repco next week, the episode to be released on Wednesday November 17.
WATCH: Here’s how GRM unveiled the retro livery cars back in 2018 …