Final Aussie NASCAR winner revived
In a venture led by Repco, the backer of the automobile in its heyday, the Kim Jane Chevrolet has been returned to its race-winning livery from 20 years in the past.
The automobile will now head to the Nationwide Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama for a particular exhibition throughout the month of October to rejoice Repco’s centenary.
Jane will even drive the automobile in a parade on the morning of the 2022 Bathurst 1000.
The automobile is critical in that it received the ultimate NASCAR race in Australia at Albert Park in 2000, proper earlier than the sequence was shut down.
Jane was one of many prime native NASCAR drivers, successful 4 consecutive titles between 1996 and 2000.
The Chevrolet was an everyday winner on the Calder Park Thunderdome and was runner-up within the 1998 NASCAR 1000 at Bathurst.
It additionally competed on the Winston West NASCAR spherical at Motegi in Japan in 1999.
It’s now owned by Zac O’Hara who races it within the nationwide Inventory Automobile Sequence.
“It’s a beautiful automobile, it’s acquired a whole lot of nice historical past,” stated Jane.
“The Repco sponsorship began within the Nineties with David Tennant, who was the advertising and marketing supervisor on the time. Repco began as a small sponsor when the automobile ran in Bob Jane T-Marts colors, and we had a possibility to promote the entire sponsorship to Repco for what turned out to be the final season of NASCAR racing.
“To see it now again in that look because it raced for the final time is an excellent feeling.”
Repco’s Head of Sponsorship Mitch Wiley added: “As soon as we had been alerted to the truth that this automobile was nonetheless on the market, we linked with its proprietor Zac by way of the staff at V8 Sleuth and organized to have it returned to its final successful livery from 2000.
“To see the automobile reunited with Kim on the Calder Park Thunderdome and to have it as a part of the show at Bathurst is actually particular. The NASCAR period is an unbelievable chapter in Australian motorsport historical past and one we’re very happy with our involvement in.
“The show on the Nationwide Motor Racing Museum is ready to function some necessary automobiles from Repco’s motorsport historical past and we’ll be revealing extra of them within the weeks forward.”
Different automobiles that shall be included within the ‘Repco Racing, 100 Years In The Making’ exhibition shall be revealed in coming weeks.
“We’ve celebrated Craig Lowndes, Dick Johnson and Larry Perkins in current shows and 2022 is the right time for us to rejoice Repco’s unbelievable racing historical past and heritage in its a centesimal anniversary 12 months,” stated Brad Owen, Museum Coordinator of the Nationwide Motor Racing Museum.
“The road-up of automobiles being assembled is thrilling and can give followers on the Repco Bathurst 1000 added purpose to go to the Museum this October.”