Jack Perkins reveals special tribute livery to Peter Brock and Larry Perkins
The son of motor racing legend Larry Perkins has revealed a special tribute livery to mark the 40th anniversary of his father’s first Bathurst 1000 win with Peter Brock.
Perkins and Brock teamed up for the factory Holden Dealer Team to claim three consecutive Bathurst 1000 titles, in 1982, 83 and 84, also winning the 1984 Sandown 500.
Jack Perkins will pay tribute to the pair at next week’s Supercars event at Sandown, when he contests the Super2 race in preparation for his co-driver role at Mount Panorama, where he will partner Will Brown in the Erebus Commodore.
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Jack’s VF Commodore will sport the same livery that Larry and Brock carried to victory at Bathurst in 1982, while his suit and helmet will match the official HDT uniforms from that race.
The 36-year-old has also grown a moustache like the one his father sported 40 years ago.
“This is such a cool thing to be doing. [Co-CEO] Earl Evans and his team at Shaw and Partners were super keen to help me prepare for Bathurst with Will Brown and Erebus Motorsport,” Perkins said.
Peter Brock and Larry Perkins on the way to victory in the 1982 Bathurst 1000. (Supplied)
“We pencilled in Sandown early in the year and thought about what we could do to celebrate the sport, my father, Peter Brock, and others like (Dick) Johnson and (Allan) Moffat, as they left us with such a fantastic sport, and they deserve to be celebrated.
“I reached out to design guru Peter Hughes, and we chose 1982 as it is the 40th anniversary for my dad’s first Bathurst win, and the livery is something that hadn’t been seen on a VF Commodore before.
Larry Perkins (left) and Peter Brock on the podium after winning the 1982 Bathurst 1000. (Getty)
“I’m over the moon with how everything, the car, suit, and helmet, has come up – except the moustache. It’s the itchiest, ugliest thing I’ve ever done, but I wanted to go all in for the throwback.”
Evans said the decision to honour the two Australian icons was easy.
“It is incredible what these two men, Larry Perkins and Peter Brock, achieved and to be able to support Jack to race in the livery of these two phenomenal race drivers and celebrate their successes on the 40th anniversary of their team up is something extraordinary,” he said.
Jack Perkins, alongside a photoshopped image of father Larry from 1982, with the tribute livery on his Commodore. (Supplied)
“Jack’s retro livery is something I am sure many fans will be excited about, as they will with Jack growing his father’s famous moustache, although I’m not sure he now thinks that was a great idea!”
The Penrite Sandown Supersprint, which includes round four of the 2022 Dunlop Super2 Series, takes place at Sandown International Raceway on August 19-21.
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