Indigenous Liveries

The 2024 betr Darwin Triple Crown will feature a grid of incredible artwork by First Nations artists. Here are the details from some of the teams who have already unveiled their liveries and explained the storytelling behind their unique designs.

Shell V-Power Racing

Dick Johnson Racing - #11 & #17 Ford Mustang GT

Drivers Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison will celebrate Australia’s rich First Nations culture and heritage with each lap of their show-stopping Shell V-Power Mustangs at Hidden Valley.

Shell V-Power Team’s cars #11 and #17 have been wrapped in an eye-popping and meaningful Indigenous livery designed by artist Zoe Raymond, in conjunction with Bunji Enterprises, for the second consecutive year.  

A proud Yindjibarndi/Pinikura woman, living and working on Turrbal/Jagera country in Brisbane, Queensland, Zoe said this year’s visually captivating and culturally significant livery design aligns with the 2024 NAIDOC Week theme, Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.

The striking design also highlights traditional motifs and contemporary features, incorporating two key elements.

“Some of the symbols are at the forefront and stand out strong. These are the achievements and milestones. The symbols that are hiding in the background are representative of all the hard work that the nation doesn’t see,” said Zoe.

“Like our First Nations people, the Shell V-Power Racing Team showcases tenacity, hard work and determination to keep moving forward. That is the time when the fire burns even brighter; the determination to win keeps the team going, just like the fire that keeps our people going.”

A second design adorns the side panels of the cars with symbols representing the pit stops made throughout each race and wavy lines signifying the smoke that fills up the pit as the drivers speed off. “We will always be loud and proud, and so will the Shell V-Power Racing Team,” she said.

Zoe also designed the team’s outstanding 2023 Indigenous livery which was voted ‘Fan Favourite’.

“I’m so excited to be back working with the Shell V-Power Racing Team. It was such a privilege last year to build those relationships and to be able to continue working on something so great is really exciting for me and somehow, I think we’ve been able to do something even bigger and better this year.

“As Australians there are a lot of things that bring us together and one of those is sport, particularly motorsport, so being able to bring Indigenous culture into these rounds, I think it gets conversations going, and it helps us move forward together as a nation. So, it’s a privilege to be able to do that.” 

The liveries will remain on both Shell V-Power Mustangs for the Townsville 500, underscoring the team’s commitment to promoting cultural diversity and inclusion within motorsport.

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SCT Logistics

Brad Jones Racing - #12 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The stunning livery design for driver Jaxon Evans’s #12 car is by Goomeroi/ Kamilaroi woman Elenore Binge.

Inspired by Australia’s rail history and reconciliation, Eleanor gave SCT Motorsport permission to use her artwork, which was originally commissioned by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as part of its Reconciliation Action Plan.

Eleanor’s work on the SCT Logistics Motorsport livery depicts Mother Earth, with the blue lines as her veins, representing rivers and waterways.

Railway tracks are shown throughout, and black and white hands symbolise the ongoing journey of reconciliation and engagement with the traditional owners.

The No Harm and Meeting Place symbols and the Five Spirit Guides are surrounded by the white footprints of the ancestors, and sacred sites on Country.

Artist Elenore said she was so excited for her artwork to feature on the SCT Logistics Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“To showcase my Indigenous culture and the ARTC journey is a great achievement for me. It makes me very proud to involve my heritage in the Indigenous Round.”

Supercars driver Jaxon Evans said it was remarkable seeing the car wrapped in such a standout design.

“Elenore’s artwork and the work of ARTC, which SCT wholly supports, blends perfectly and I’m proud to be able to race with such a meaningful livery,” he said. “It’s a great feeling heading to Darwin with such a powerful piece of representation on the car.”

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Pizza Hut Racing

Brad Jones Racing - #96 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The spirit wedge-tailed eagle, Bungil, is the inspiration behind the Indigenous livery for Macauley Jones #96.

One of the main ‘Dreaming beings’ of south-east Australia, it is believed Bungil produced the features of the landscape from the rolling mountains to the open ranges. He also gave each tribe their country and created the laws, customs and rites which helped organise Aboriginal society.

Community groups with the Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) created the artwork for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s livery design, in partnership with Pizza Hut Racing and Brad Jones Racing.

MAC Team leader Carl Tunstall said linking this year’s design to Bungil, or the spirit wedge-tailed eagle, was massive.

“Bungil is seen as the creator of land, rivers and the natural environment who helped form the laws, customs and rights in Aboriginal culture. The bold green and yellow lines represent the rivers we live, play and rely on in our region of Albury/Wodonga.”

Supercars driver Macauley Jones said he was proud of the design on his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this year.

“The car looks amazing, there’s no denying that but it also represents something very meaningful to Aboriginal culture which is the best part about the Indigenous Round,” he said.

“I’m excited to drive this car in Darwin, and representing the Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation in the Northern Territory is special.”

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R&J Batteries

Brad Jones Racing - #8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Driver Andre Heimgartner’s #8 car has been adorned with a new Indigenous livery design that symbolises Aboriginal warriors.

The Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) community men’s group created the artwork for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s livery design, in partnership with R & J Batteries Racing and Brad Jones Racing.

The Long Neck Turtle, Badja Bayaderra, represents one of the artist’s totem, the blue lines symbolise the Murray River, blue circles signify meeting places and the fire symbol indicate this year's NAIDOC theme - Keep the Fire Burning: Blak, Loud and Proud. 

MAC Team leader Carl Tunstall said it was important that this year’s design focus was on warriors.

“Warriors are strong Aboriginal men who sacrifice themselves for the good of others and take care of the elderly and defenceless. In modern times, in addition to teaching traditions and customs, a strong Aboriginal man is viewed as a 'good father', 'hard worker', and 'provider'.

 “Warriors pass along Aboriginal culture between generations through stories, songs and dance.  The symbol on the bonnet represents a meeting place for warriors.”

Supercars driver Andre Heimgartner said the Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation does a terrific job within the Albury/Wodonga community.

“It’s awesome that we get to highlight that representation,” he said. “Every year we’re able to learn through the artists and I’m humbled and proud to carry it into the Darwin round.”

PremiAir Nulon Racing

PremiAir Nulon Racing - #23 & 31 GEN3 Camaro  

PremiAir Nulon Racing pair James Golding and Tim Slade will sport matching new looks on their Gen3 Camaros with a high impact livery design by young Widjabul artist Sheldon ‘Sj’ Harrington.

Mr Harrington, who is from the Bundjalung Nation on the far north coast of New South Wales,  worked in collaboration with PremiAir Nulon Racing on the artwork.

Called Moonyah (meaning safe house, safe place), the patterns on Slade’s #23 and Golding’s #31 highlight the journey of Moonyah Workforce, an Indigenous-owned business founded by ex-Wallaby twins Saia and Anthony Fainga’a.

“The strength of connection permeates throughout the artwork,” Mr Harrington said.

“Having all been on a different but similar journey, the turtle shells around the middle give the protection to learn the knowledge held in Country. The turtle shells are also an articulation of Anthony and Saia sharing a path while walking on their own journey.”

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Bendix Racing

Matt Stone Racing #10 Chevrolet Camaro

Honouring and celebrating First Nation’s culture is behind the striking livery design for driver Nick Percat’s #10 Chevrolet Camaro.

Designed by Indigenous artist Billy-Jay ‘BJ’ O’Toole, in collaboration with Bendix Racing, he was inspired by his Wadawurrung country and the different Indigenous nations the Supercars Championship has passed through on the way to the Darwin round.

“I’m thrilled to have partnered with Bendix to develop this unique artwork that celebrates Bendix’s relationship with Wadawurrung Country,” said BJ, a proud Wadawurrung man and Traditional Owner from Geelong, Victoria.

The livery design includes strong elements from BJ’s artwork Connecting to Wadawurrung Country to highlight Bendix’s commitment to honouring First Nations culture.

Birds hold special significance with Bunjil, the wedged tailed eagle, Waa, the crow, Kunawarra, the black swan, and Pawan, the magpie, incorporated into the design.

 “Eucalyptus leaves are also embedded to showcase Bendix’s passage on country, to welcome and cleanse all while they are on Country, and the handprints signify Bendix employees,” said BJ.

“Meeting places on the painting are shown as a sign of journeying, representing the different countries Bendix gets to see through Supercars racing rounds.

“I can’t wait to see the artwork on the livery design for Nick Percat’s Chevrolet Camaro.”

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Dabble Racing

Matt Stone Racing #4 Chevrolet

Connection to Country is the inspiration behind the Indigenous livery artwork for Dabble Racing by Victorian artist Billy-Jay (‘BJ’) O’Toole.

A Traditional Owner and proud Wadawurrung man from Geelong, Victoria, BJ’s artwork Connecting to Wadawurrung Country incorporates handprints as a sign of connection to the land and honouring the Traditional Owners.

“I’ve embedded different elements throughout the design for Cameron Hill’s #4 Chevrolet,” said BJ, whose contemporary style reflects the colours and stories of his country.

The sand dunes represent coastal country which hold thousands of years of cultural knowledge and stories, and the meeting places showcase where BJ’s ancestors gathered across country.

BJ said the coloured dots symbolise the ochre cliffs on Wadawurrung country. “And the eucalyptus leaves welcome all onto Wadawurrung country and to take care while you’re on Wadawurrung country.”

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Truck Assist Racing

Walkinshaw Andretti United Racing #2 Ford Mustang GT

Reconciliation is the inspiration behind the Indigenous livery artwork for driver Ryan Wood’s #2 Ford Mustang GT.

Sydney artist Rhonda Sampson’s artwork Under the Stars is a visual representation of a commitment to an ongoing journey towards reconciliation by Truck Assist Racing, which partnered with Walkinshaw Andretti United for the livery.

A proud Kamilaroi woman, Rhoda specialises in contemporary digital Aboriginal art, and hopes that her art will inspire the next generation of Indigenous artists to be proud of their culture.

At the centre of the design for car #2 is the Truck Assist team members who are committed to making a difference in the community and strengthening relationships with First Nations people across the nation.

Located in the four corners of the artwork are the four pillars of a reconciliation Action Plan (RAP): Respect, Relationships, Opportunities and Governance.

The stars, which are scattered throughout the design, represent the night sky and Southern Cross and signify people, customers and partners across Australia working together for a safer and more sustainable future.

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Optus and Mobil 1 Racing

Walkingshaw Andretti Racing #25 Ford Mustang GT

It will be a race among the stars as Chaz Mostert’s Ford Mustang GT is taken to new heights with a stunning Indigenous livery design.

Young First Nations artist Ava Muir worked closely with Optus and Mobil 1, in collaboration with Walkinshaw Andretti United, to bring her artwork to life.

The brilliant blue of the sky is at the heart of the livery design and her artwork Artangentyele akethe durt, which means together in the open stars.

“We all share the sky, no matter who we are or where we are. It keeps us positively connected and together,” said 16-year-old Ava, a proud Wurundjeri and Arrernte woman.

Aya, who lives on the land of the Darug people in Sydney’s north, was commissioned to reflect the key themes of Optus’s optimism and positive connection and Mobil 1’s passion and exhilaration for car #25’s livery design in the Darwin round of the Supercars Championship.

The handprints are those of Ava’s friends and family, who have supported her passion for her culture and artwork, and the Waang (raven), protector of the Wurundjeri people, is seen throughout the design.

The theme of optimism is symbolised by the three meeting places that signify the journey through life, with the symbol for people representing everyone you meet along the way and the positive connection and relationships formed in the search for community.

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Penrite Racing

Grove Racing #19 & #26 Ford Mustang GT

Two Year 9 students from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) will see their artwork race around Darwin’s iconic Hidden Valley on both of Penrite Racing’s Ford Mustang GTs.

Emma and Hoanna took on the challenge of designing the livery for Penrite Racing’s car #19 and #26 by drawing on their experiences and heritage.
Infusing their artwork with family values, connection to Country and the power of education, the artists chose four core elements including cherished moments with family and unity amongst all MITS students and staff.

“I feel so proud and excited that both Hoanna’s and my artwork will be going around a racetrack,” said Emma. “It’s a very special track that my family and I have visited for as long as I can remember, so this is very special for me.”

Grove Racing, which competes under the banner of Penrite Racing, has an ongoing partnership with MITS which led to the creation of the 2024 Indigenous livery.

Brenton Grove, CEO of Grove Racing, said Darwin’s Indigenous Round of the Supercars Championship is a key highlight of the year for the drivers and the team.

“We love the opportunity to learn more about the students at MITS and the path they’ve taken to end up collaborating with us on such a special livery,” he said. “We’re really excited to hit the track and show the incredible artwork of Emma and Hoanna.”

Penrite Racing’s car #19 driver Matt Payne said it was fantastic to see their team's collaboration with MITS come to life through the livery. “Racing with it in Darwin is a special opportunity, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Richie Stanaway, driver for car #26, said he was excited to unveil his team’s new Indigenous livery. It's an honour to represent Indigenous culture in motorsport, and I look forward to racing with it in Darwin."

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Tyrepower V8 SuperUte Series

Luke Webber Racing #26 Mazda BT-50

The eye-catching new gold and silver look on Luke Webber’s newly-livered #26 Mazda BT-50 is by Wiradjuri artist Shelby Rae-Lyons.

Webber commissioned the work, which tells the story of the Wiradjuri people, on whose land the team lives on, in time for his debut in Darwin at the Tyrepower V8 SuperUte Series.

Wiradjuri are the largest Aboriginal group in central New South Wales and the name Cootamundra is thought to have been derived from the Aboriginal name for turtle known as “guudhamang”.

Webber said his team were impressed with Shelby’s art style and her dedication to educating the next generation of children through her creation of early childhood educational tools focusing on the Wiradjuri language. 

“We at Southern Cross Mobile Mechanics also take pride in our community and focusing on the growth and education of the next generation.

“So in short, our goals were aligned [with Shelby] and we believe she is a great representative of both our community and the Wiradjuri Nation.”

Webber, who is known as an RX-8 racer, said it’s been his childhood dream to race V8s at a high level.

“I am beyond excited that I finally get this opportunity to fulfil a dream and to begin it in Darwin, such a beautiful part of Australia, makes it even more special and I cannot wait to race.”

 

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Scott Taylor Motorsport

Porsche Carrera Cup #222 Porsche 992

Driver Nash Morris (aka ‘The Flash’) will sport a flash new Indigenous livery design of green and black for his Porsche 992 in the Carrera Cup.

“The car looks awesome. It’s cool to have the amazing art and livery representing the culture and Indigenous heritage,” said Morris.

The vibrant livery for Scott Taylor Motorsport’s (STM) car #222 is by talented artist Daniel Evans, a proud Gamilaroi man hailing from the small country town of Coonabarabran in the northwest of NSW. 

At the heart of the artwork is the Dreamtime connection. “When we embrace the Dreamtime, we open ourselves to a deeper understanding of our purpose and place in the world,” said Daniel, who now lives on Bunjalung/Kombumrri country (Gold Coast) where he has set up a micro Aboriginal business called Walkabout Warriors.

“We recognize that we are part of a greater tapestry, woven with the threads of past, present, and future.”

Scott Taylor Motorsport has extended its stunning new livery across other vehicles, including the transporter, trailers, scooter, and golf buggy. The team will also wear t-shirts featuring the design.

“We are excited to unveil Daniel’s artwork. It’s perfect,” said driver and STM owner Scott Taylor. “So we’ve extended his colourful, heartfelt picture and story to our transporter, team gear and various other vehicles. In fact, I think we’ll be keen to keep it even after this round.”

 

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