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Perkins reveals Janson throwback livery

JACK Perkins has revealed another stunning retro livery, but Supercars fans will have to wait a little while to see it on track.

The latest effort from Perkins and sponsor Shaw & Partners pays tribute to the Holden Torana A9X raced by Peter Janson and Larry Perkins to second place in the 1979 Bathurst 1000.

Jack plans to utilise the livery in selected Super2 outings with the Blanchard Racing Team later this year ahead of his Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 co-drives with James Courtney.

The colours have been revealed on BRT’s spare Gen3 Mustang (recently purchased from Tickford Racing), as the Super2 machine is currently being repaired at the squad’s Melbourne headquarters.

Revealed at the Shaw & Partners Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic on the Gold Coast, the car features prominent backing from Australian paddle, board and surf ski manufacturer Race One.

“This is so damn awesome,” beamed Perkins of the livery.

“Another really cool retro race car celebrating the history of our great sport with thanks to Shaw and Partners, Race One and Blanchard Racing Team.

“We are hopeful of having this livery on a Super2 car later this year for a race or two, but damn it looks cool on a BRT Gen3 Supercar.”

Perkins with Shaw & Partners CEO Earl Evans and Ironman competitor Ali Day. Pic: Supplied

The car is on display this weekend at BMD Northcliffe Surf Club, Surfers Paradise, while the Ironman event takes place.

This year will be the third consecutive in which Perkins and Shaw & Partners have run a retro livery in Super2.

In 2022, Perkins campaigned a 40th anniversary tribute to the Peter Brock/Larry Perkins Sandown 400 victory, while last year’s effort replicated the Perkins/Gregg Hansford Bathurst winner of 1993.

Perkins’ continued association with the sponsor comes after both parties departed Erebus Motorsport over the off-season.  

Peter Janson at the wheel of his Torana at the 1979 Hang Ten 400 at Sandown. Photo: an1images.com / Ian Smith.

“I’m very proud to be an ambassador and to represent Shaw and Partners for a fourth year now – the support from Earl Evans and the whole team is amazing,” added Perkins.

“I’m also pleased and proud to continue a long family history with Castrol as an ambassador for this year and hopefully many more years ahead.

“This livery is a throwback to the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo Bathurst 1000, where my Dad joined Peter Janson to finish second behind Peter Brock and Jim Richards.”

“The “Captain” as Peter Janson is known as, doesn’t receive the accolades for his achievements in motorsport for which he thoroughly deserves.

“I’m hoping I can personally show him this car in the flesh sometime soon.”

Janson and Perkins made three Bathurst 1000 appearances together, finishing second in both 1979 and ’80.

They proved the best results of Janson’s 19 Great Race starts, while Perkins went on to win the race on six occasions.

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