Covers come off Wood’s rust-busting Commodore

September 10, 2017

Erebus Motorsport has thrown it back to the ‘90s, as they reveal their retro-inspired look for the #99 GB Galvanizing Holden ahead of this weekend’s Sandown 500.

Following on from last year’s theme, GB Galvanizing have continued to pay tribute to their vast history in Australian motorsport.

Taking inspiration from the late 1990s, Dale Wood’s Commodore has taken on new colours complete with retro branding, to resemble the Chevrolet Lumina campaigned by Jimmy Ellis in the Australian NASCAR Championship.

“Like many, my brothers and I grew up loving V8 Touring Cars but knew little about NASCAR, and it wasn’t until we attended Calder Park Thunderdome that we understood how exciting the racing was,” GB Galvanizing’s Gian Gucciardo said.

“Its commercial benefits made it easy to come to the decision to become a sponsor, and when the opportunity to buy the team came two years later, my friend Craig Rodda and I jumped at it.

“We learnt pretty quickly that running a race team was every bit as hard as running our own business, and it was unfortunate the sport only survived a couple years after that.

“The car certainly stood out from the pack and seeing it come back to life brings back a heap of memories, in particular the long association and friendship we have enjoyed with Phil from Phil Munday’s Panel Works.”

Wood is also a fan of the changed colour scheme for the first of the year’s endurance events.

“GB Galvanizing have been in motorsport a long time and it’s really nice to be able to celebrate their history this weekend,” Wood said.

“I really like the car, it’s very old school and different to what we have now with its clean lines.

“We’ve come so far from what the car designs were and my car has some colour combinations you wouldn’t think to put on a car but with a bit of a modern touch it certainly works.”

The #99 driver is looking forward to racing the new look with co-driver Chris Pither.

“Chris is great to work with; he’s the only guy out there that was driving full time last year, so it’s a big bonus he’s so fresh and I think he will be really strong in the Enduro’s,” he said.

Pither added: “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car and doing some laps before we roll out at Sandown.

“After racing fulltime last year, it’s been a long way to get back in the car, so Sandown is something I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

Wood’s car will be on track at Winton Motor Raceway tomorrow for a pre-enduro test, ahead of the Sandown 500 on Friday.