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Perkins to don throwback livery at Sandown

JACK Perkins will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his father Larry’s fourth Bathurst 1000 crown in style this weekend.

Jack has unveiled a sensational retro livery which his Super2 ZB Commodore will carry at Sandown, paying homage to the Castrol VP Commodore which Perkins Sr and Gregg Hansford steered to victory in the 1993 Great Race.

It was the first Mount Panorama triumph for Perkins Engineering.

Jack’s car officially continues to be entered as #70, but will carry a tribute #11 on its sides and roof.

“It’s a really cool tribute to be able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dad’s win in ‘93 and the first win for his own team,” said the 37-year-old.

The 1993 Bathurst-winning VP Commodore. Pic: Supplied

“The original car was also the last Holden engine to win at Bathurst and was Perkins Engineering’s first Bathurst win as a team so there’s a lot of history there and it’s been a really cool fit.

“It’s a huge credit to everyone who made this possible and a special thank you to Shaw and Partners for really sharing mine and Dad’s passion for the history of the sport.”

The livery reveal follows the completion of a restoration project on the original VP Commodore, which culminated in a recent Calder Park shakedown. The car will appear in the Bathurst Legends Parade.

“The livery certainly brings back memories and it just looks fantastic, simple as that,” said Larry, 73.

The 2023 ZB Commodore equivalent. Pic: Supplied

“I can still hear the crowd’s tremendous roar in support of us back in ‘93 when we got pole position and won the race so I think this new livery will certainly trigger a few memories from some of the diehard fans.

“I think the fans will really enjoy it and Jack and his team have done a great job at restoring the original car so to see Jack’s newly designed Erebus car side by side with the original is just fantastic.

“The shakedown at Calder went really well so I’m excited to give it another go around the Mountain in October.”

On top of his Super2 commitments, Jack will co-drive with Will Brown in Erebus Motorsport’s #9 Coca-Cola Camaro in the Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000.

Jack and Larry Perkins. Pic: Supplied

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