Garry Rogers Motorsport will run with two separate liveries at the Sandown 500 this weekend with both liveries being meaningful to the lead drivers of both cars.
GRM has chosen to pay tribute to James Moffat’s father, Allan, who won the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship in a Holden Commodore 30 years ago, which is being shown on Moffat/Muscat’s #34 Holden.
Garry Rogers says he’s proud to pay homage to the campaign for James, but isn’t taking the kudos for the concept.
“In my opinion the livery for the #34 is the best I have seen. I would love to claim the credit for the idea, but all the credit must go to James,” said Rogers.
“Moff came and saw me and said it was 30 years this year that his dad raced the Rothmans VL Commodore at Spa and asked if it was possible to recreate that car.
“Of course Allan is best known for his exploits in a Ford and of course the Mazda RX-7, but there was that time when he raced a Holden and to recreate a car that Australia took to the world is fantastic, I’m sure James will be very proud racing it.”
While the other car will have the retro theme of Garth Tander 1998 debut with the team after receiving a mid-season call-up to make his Supercars debut that year before going on to complete six full seasons at GRM.
“It’s amazing how quickly the years go and I am very, very proud of the things that we have done over the years and to see Garth in the livery that he first raced with GRM will be special,” said Rogers.
“Garth’s career with GRM began at the Phillip Island round of 1998 as Steve Richards left following an opportunity (to become a test driver) with Nissan in England.
“Garth rang me and said he heard we needed a driver and believed he was the man. We tested Garth on the Tuesday the week of the PI round and the rest is history.”
This 1998 throwback is the second Tander livery confirmed for Sandown following last night’s unveil of a 2007 title winning tribute from Mobil 1 HSV Racing.