Walkinshaw Andretti United has taken the cover off their own Holden tribute livery ahead of the brand’s final race meeting in Supercars at this weekend’s Adelaide 500.
WAU – which for 27 seasons ran as the Holden Racing Team – will run carry the livery the team ran its inaugural season as HRT in 1990.
The lion and helmet, a reference to the brand’s performance arm Holden Special Vehicles, remained on the side of the car until factory backing shifted to Triple Eight for the 2017 season, and will appear on the Commodores of Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat.
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In a coup for Ford, the squad will next year make the switch to Ford Mustangs as the category undergoes a massive technical overhaul, and welcomes the Gen3 era.
Team principal Bruce Stewart said it “wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have the lion and the helmet on the side of our cars for one last time”.
“We wanted to do something special for the last ever Holden race … we know how much (the lion and helmet) means to so many people,” he said.
“This team has had such a long a storied history with Holden, we bled red, our fans bled red, so for the final roar, it’s only fitting we reflect back on the journey we’ve had and thank everyone involved.”
In a fitting farewell, the Elizabeth Holden plant in the city’s north operated between 1963 and 2017. Percat’s father and grandfather both worked at the plant.
“(Holden’s time in Supercars) finishing in Adelaide is also fitting, with so many people contributing to the Holden legacy just down the road at the Elizabeth plant, the place Nick’s father, grandfather and great grandfather worked as well – these people were the lifeblood of Holden.
“A thank you to all of our partners who have supported this, we are looking forward to hopefully sending the brand off in the best possible way over the weekend.”
Some of the team’s sponsors will also run period-correct logos on the car.
Triple Eight on Tuesday revealed their own Holden tribute livery.
The Adelaide 500 kicks of on Thursday, having not been held since the 2020 season-opener.
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