One of Erebus Motorsport’s title sponsors GB Galvanizing has dived into its motorsport history and will race with a livery campaigned by Jimmy Ellis in the Australian NASCAR championship in the late 1990s.
Ellis’ Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR was GB Galvanizing’s first motorsport foray and also formed the basis of its Sandown retro scheme last year, when the sponsor and Wood were at Nissan Motorsport.
GB Galvanizing’s Gian Gucciardo says he’s excited to recreate another of the Lumina’s looks.
“Like many, my brothers and I grew up loving V8 touring cars but knew little about NASCAR, and it wasn’t until we attended the Calder Park Thunderdome that we understood how exciting the racing was,” he 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.”
Phil Munday now sponsors another Supercars team, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport where they [Repair Management Australia] is the title sponsor on the Rullo/Davison entry.
While GB Galvanizing has been a long-time backer of Dale Wood’s career from the championship winning year in the Dunlop Super2 Series and straight into the main game.
“I really like the car, it’s very old school and different to what we have now with its clean lines,” he said.
“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.”
Wood is paired with Kiwi Chris Pither for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup having previously raced together at Brad Jones Racing.