SHANE van Gisbergen’s victory in Race 10 of the Repco Supercars Championship at Wanneroo Raceway on the weekend sealed the 600th race win for a Holden in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars Championship.
A special-liveried 600 Holden wins Commodore model car is being produced to celebrate the milestone (in 1:12, 1:18 and 1:43 scales) and it’s now available to pre-order here via the V8 Sleuth Online Store.
The livery on the model has been designed by former GM Holden designer Peter Hughes, who has designed the liveries of a plethora of race-winning Holden Racing Team and Triple Eight Commodores.
“When asked to create a celebratory livery for Holden’s 600th championship win, my immediate thoughts were channelled to all the famous cues used on decades of winning factory Holdens,” Hughes said.
“The iconic black rear/white front draws inspiration from early Holden Racing Team years and splitting those elements is the flowing red Racing Lion in all its historic glory.
“This is complemented by the VF type cropped lion on the hood giving the design even more of a factory feel. Red details tie everything together, finishing off a simple yet very dynamic livery, symbolising power, performance and success. I wish this car had raced, it just screams Holden Motorsport from any angle.”
The stunning Holden livery also features numerous small details which have been incorporated into the design. The 600 race wins on the doors and windows are obvious, while the roof also features a bold 600 wins graphic which incorporates the three main model nameplates to have won – Monaro, Torana and Commodore – along with the 1969-2022 dates signifying the years of the first and 600th win.
Another interesting detail is the surnames of the top 10 drivers with the most Holden race wins listed on top of the boot lid. A final touch that also had to be included is the Australian flags on the rear quarter windows!
As many keen Holden followers would know, the 600th win came aboard a ZB Commodore, however the model’s manufacturers, Authentic Collectables, opted to use the VF Commodore as the basis of the special livery model due to it being the most successful race-winning Holden model, taking out 108 of those 600 wins while also being the last widely recognised ‘Australian’ Commodore.
Also announced this week is a limited edition, licensed collectors print featuring every model Holden Monaro, Torana or Commodore to have contributed to the 600 wins.
Pre-order the limited-edition collectors print here via the V8 Sleuth Online Store.