THE original S5000 chassis now carries a stunning tribute livery ahead of its next public appearance this week.

The car – the same one which completed the development, testing and public reveal of the car late last year – has received a special Valvoline livery to celebrate the 30th year of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s association with the oil giant.

The blue, red and white car is set to appear at the Australian Aftermarket Accessories Expo at the Melbourne Convention Centre starting Thursday, a trade show that is not open to the public.

Although the livery mimics that used by Robby Gordon’s Walker Racing Indycar from the mid-1990s, GRM says the decision to apply a retro livery is a nod to Valvoline’s greatest success at the famed Brickyard.

“GRM has had a 30 year relationship with Valvoline, so we thought we’d celebrate by painting our S5000 car in the famous red, blue and white colours,” Barry Rogers said.

“Both Garry and I love the 1992 Indy 500 where Al Unser Jr won by the smallest of margins. He was in the Valvoline car there, and this is a tribute to that.

“This is the first time that we’ve seen the S5000 away from its launch livery and we reckon these cars are going to look fantastic is a range of different colour schemes.”

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