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Lowndes Commodore given retro makeover

Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards will race with a 1980s-themed Caltex livery at the Sandown 500 later this month.

Lowndes Commodore given retro makeover
Triple Eight Race Engineering retro livery unveil
Triple Eight Race Engineering retro livery unveil
Triple Eight Race Engineering retro livery unveil
 Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

Like last year, the Triple Eight Commodore will carry a livery based on Colin Bond’s iconic Caltex-backed cars at the Sandown 500 ‘Retro Round’.

This year it as an amalgamation of a number of different ‘80s Bond designs, expertly put together by Holden exterior designer Peter Hughes.

“We took all those historic cues and brought them together onto the VF Commodore to create a bespoke livery that is unmistakably 1980s Caltex, but unique and original in its own way,” explained Hughes.

Lowndes, who is set to make his 16th Sandown 500 start, says its nice to look back on the history of Touring Car racing in Australia.

“The car looks really good again this year, it’s great to be able to get involved with the retro theme and pay tribute to such an historic era of our sport,” he said.

“I think the white and black aspects of it set it apart from our Sandown car last year and I really like the way the recognisable features from Bondy’s cars have been recreated in this livery with some unique twists.”

Lowndes and Richards will both drive the car at Queensland Raceway today, as Triple Eight, DJR Team Penske, and Tekno all undertake their pre-enduros test.

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