Video + Photos: DJR to run retro Tru-Blu livery at Bathurst 1000
The famous Dick Johnson Racing Tru-Blu livery will return to Mount Panorama this year as part of the 50th anniversary of the Bathurst 1000.
One of several retro-themed cars that are expected to take part at the endurance classic, the iconic colours were unveiled at a launch in Dick Johnson Racing’s workshop last week.
The blue and white colour scheme combines period Tru-Blu Steel Tubing signage with that of current sponsors including Norton usually seen on James Moffat’s #18 entry. The retro livery will see James Moffat and Alex Davison run Dicks number 17 for the great race.
The retro livery pays tribute to both the 1980 and 1981 Bathurst cars that help build the Dick Johnsons legend.
Johnson shot to prominence in 1980 when he led the early stages of the Bathurst 1000 in his Tru-Blu supported Ford Falcon XD until colliding with a rock pushed onto the circuit by “fans” at the exit of The Cutting. During the remainder of the rac,e emotional fans and Ford Boss Edsel Ford donated money during the live telecast to help Johnson rebuild his car. Dick did not disapoint, returning the mountain in 1981 to take a fairytale victory.