The covers have come off David Reynolds’ special edition livery, as he gears up for this weekend’s retro round at the Sandown 500.
Hitting the track at Winton Motor Raceway today, the #9 Holden has traded in its familiar colours for a red, white and blue livery, as a tribute to Peter and Phil Brock winning the ’76 Sandown event in the Holden L34 Torana.
The win marked Brock’s third Sandown enduro win and the second in a streak of seven that ran from 1975 to 1981.
“Pete and Sandown just had something with each other and if he finished he won; that year we won by two laps and it really shocked a lot of people, it was pretty special,” Phil Brock said.
“Personally, I had not driven with my brother before and when he went out by himself that year he asked if I would drive with him in the endurance races which I was very happy to do.
“Pete really wanted to do his own thing so he started up Team Brock, and being Aussie’s the natural thing was the Australian flag, hence the car being red, white and blue.”
Reynolds heads into this weekend eighth in the Championship standings, after finishing in the top ten in 11 of the last 13 races this year.
“I look at Erebus Motorsport being a small team who have had to work very hard to get somewhere and I think they are doing a great job, it’s a bit like that small team we had in 1976, you had the factory teams out there but we were a one-off team,” Brock said.
The team will transform their entire look, with the garage, race suits and crew uniform to suit those of the past.
“It’s great to be heading to Sandown in 70’s fashion with the Team Brock car, branded Team Erebus,” Reynolds said.
“Peter certainly raised the bar, and hopefully we can replicate his success this weekend, although by two laps could be a bit of a stretch.
“It’s the best livery we’ve had, it’s really clean and simple and showcases the Australian made and owned theme for Penrite.”
Penrite Oil has been Australian made and owned since 1926, with the original livery fitting perfectly with the brand’s retro colours.
Co-driver Luke Youlden will be joining Reynolds at today’s test day, with the pair ready to charge into three of the year’s biggest events.
The Sandown 500 gets underway on Friday, with first practice at 11:15am local time.