Dick Johnson Racing has launched its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 campaign unveiling the retro livery its #17 Falcon will run this weekend.
The livery draws inspiration from the 1994 Shell – FAI EB Ford Falcon that Dick Johnson steered to victory at Mt Panorama alongside John Bowe twenty years ago. The epic fight to the finish between Bowe and a young Craig Lowndes has gone down in Bathurst history as one of the mountain’s truly great battles.
Fittingly, the livery will be applied to the #17 Falcon of David Wall and Steven Johnson to mark the twentieth anniversary of that historic victory.
The iconic blue and yellow livery remains largely unchanged from its original incarnation with the exception of the team’s current sponsor Wilson Security replacing the original Shell and FAI markings.
Former DJR driver and co-driver Steven Johnson continued the celebrations by surprising his dad with a helmet that replicates the design worn on Dick Johnson’s helmet in that era.
“I had a new Bell helmet ready to paint and thought to complete the whole 1994 look with the race suits and the car would be a fantastic thing to do,” said Johnson.
“I actually used this design in my first Bathurst in 1994. I also wanted to do something to surprise dad. We sure did that!”
2014 marks the second year in a row the team have contested Bathurst in a classic livery after the #17 car sported Johnson’s Tru Blu and Green’s – Tuf livery in 2013.
The sister car of Scott Pye and Ash Walsh will compete in the team’s regular white, green and black Wilson Security colours.