Shell celebrates 50 years with Dick Johnson at Sandown

Shell celebrates 50 years with Dick Johnson at Sandown
September 6, 2017 | 7:56 am | Author: Steven Wright

Shell V-Power Racing will have a revised look for both cars as the title sponsor Shell celebrates their 50-year partnership with the team founder Dick Johnson.

The team has incorporated the 1967 version of the famous Shell pecten into the livery to both of the Shell V-Power Racing Fords as Dick Johnson’s first connection with Shell began in 1967.

It so happens that both Johnson and wife Jill also owned a Shell service station in the Brisbane suburb of Wooloongabba until the mid-1980s, before getting the title sponsor for his race team in the 1980s.

Scott Wyatt, CEO of Shell’s exclusive Australian licensee, said that Shell’s long-term partnership with Dick Johnson is a source of immense pride for the company.

“Our naming rights partnership with the team is one that we’re very passionate about, and is particularly exciting given the results for the team so far this year,” said Wyatt.

“We are extremely proud of the relationship Shell has with Dick Johnson, which has developed over 50 years into a partnership that is iconic in Australian sport.

“To be able to celebrate that partnership in conjunction with the team this year is very special, and we hope that we will see many more years of success in association with this great team.”

21367006_1435718083181055_4031387388980799245_oShell V-Power Racing Team co-owner Dick Johnson said that the support of Shell has been integral to his longevity in the sport.

“Shell has always been there for me, through good times and bad. Even when I raced on-track with competitor branding in the early 1980s, I continued to own the Shell service station. Having them return in a big way this year feels very much like rewinding to the good old days,” said Johnson.

“I’m extremely proud of the duration of our relationship, and even prouder that we’re repaying Shell’s support with great on-track results.”