Brad Jones Racing will head to next weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500. retro round with their three-car Norm Beechey Tributes.
The ATCC hero BJR are honouring is the Supercars Hall of Famer Norm Beechey contested in the Australian Touring Car Championship from 1963 to 1972, winning two championships and seven of the 26 races he contested.
All three of the BJR Supercars uniquely honour one of the greats in Australian motorsport – ‘Stormin Norman’ as he is still known to his legion of fans.
Norm’s first Touring Car Championship was won in 1965 at Sandown, when the championship was decided by a single race rather than a series. This was behind the wheel of a blue and white Ford Mustang which Blanchard/Hazelwood’s Team CoolDrive Commodore which has been renumbered to #4 as it’s Beechey’s racing number.
His second Championship win came in 1970, driving the famous yellow HT GTS 350 Monaro, which was the first ever Holden (and Australian built car) to win the championship. This livery is brought to life on the #75 Freightliner Racing Commodore.
BJR changed the Freightline entry to number 75 is to highlight Freightliners’ 75 years in the Truck and Transport industry, and importantly their continuous innovation over those years.
Finally, the third livery is revealed on the #8 Mongrel Boots Racing entry of Nick Percat. The tough black and red/yellow stripe design that was on Beechey’s 1967 Chevy Nova is represented here.
One of the team co-owners Kim Jones wanted to do some thing special and Norm Beechey was the hero they both said ‘yes’.
“We wanted to do something really special for the retro round,” Jones said.
“So Brad and I were reminiscing about our time growing up and some of our motorsport heroes; which Norm was most definitely one. Norm had this unique driving style, with plenty of sideways flair and a determined attitude. He was just brilliant to watch.”