Sep 7, 2016
YOULDEN GOES RETRO FOR TCM RETURN
It's not just the Supercars teams going retro this month - the Australian Touring Car Masters are getting into the spirit with Brett Youlden unveiling a new livery heading into this weekend's round.
Youlden is making his return to the series with a tribute livery to the 1979 Australian Touring Car Championship-winning Holden Torana, driven by the great Bob Morris.
It will carry the new colours at this round and also at Bathurst in October.
"The green I've always had on my car was basically the same colour Bob's Torana used to be, so we thought we'd add the blue and the white and it looks pretty awesome," Youlden said.
"The waistline of the HQ is a bit lower than the Torana, so there's a bit more green than on the original, but we think it's come up a treat.
"We've made some improvements to the car from a performance point of view, but we thought we should do something different with the look of the car too."
Youlden has spoken to Morris about the livery, who endorsed the tribute livery.
"I sent a picture of it to Bob when it was nearly done and he loved it," Youlden continued.
"I've spoken to him at length about those times and we'd love to get him along to Bathurst in October so he can see it in person - he'd be a bit of an ambassador, which would be sensational.
Youlden's car isn't the first to run a heritage livery in TCM this year, several examples of 'nods' to the history of the sport having been incorporated into liveries this year.
Most visible is Jason Gomersall's tribute to the Holden Dealer Team with his new A9X Torana, while Steve Johnson's XY Falcon sports the iconic green and white of Ian 'Pete' Geoghegan's Super Falcon he raced in the early '70s.
Bruce Williams' SRR 5000 Torana at Winton this year runs the blue and yellow of the Gown-Hindhaugh livery, and the late Bill Pye ran a Bob Jane T-Marts livery on his Chevrolet Camara during his time in the category as a nod to the Touring Car great's orange Camarofrom the same era.
The Australian Touring Car Masters will be on track Friday at the sixth round of the Shannons Nationals at Phillip Island.