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CoolDrive Racing Uncovers Striking Indigenous Round Livery

14 Jun, 2023

The Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) has uncovered a striking Supercars Indigenous Round livery for the CoolDrive Racing Ford Mustang, with the “Three Generations” artwork denoting three generations of the Blanchard family.

Once again designed by acclaimed Djerait artist Melissa Yaram Tipo, the three saltwater crocodiles together represent the three generations of Blanchard, who have passed knowledge down with each successive generation.

Similar to BRT’s 2022 livery, the utilisation of the crocodile represents strength, power and masculinity.

The painting is also a celebration of this year’s NAIDOC Theme, ‘For Our Elders’, with the dots around the crocodile motifs representing the generations of people that came before us, and continue to look over and guide the community in modern times.

Melissa’s family have lived in the Darwin and Litchfield areas for generations. Melissa works for CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, as an Academic Coordinator for CSIRO’s Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, which delivers a program for women seeking opportunities in a STEM career.

Additional to the livery design, BRT has extended an invitation to Petra, a 15-year-old Indigenous secondary student from Alice Springs, who will be completing a VET Work placement at the event in support of her Certificate II in Automotive Studies.

“We are very proud of our livery for this year’s Indigenous Round, and continue the tradition that started last year in celebrating the local Northern Territory history, people and culture,” said Tim Blanchard, BRT Co-Principal.

“Melissa Yaram Tipo has once again done a brilliant job in drawing together so many aspects that pay tribute to where we have come from, and continue to be important to this day.

“For instance, the five large circles in the artwork each represent a core value of the CoolDrive team: Work Together, Show You Care, Act Fairly, Aim to Inspire and Embrace Change.

“Also, it’s fantastic that we will have Petra join the team as a part of her studies. She is aspiring to become a Mechanical Engineer, with the opportunity made possible by Melissa and her work with the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, of which Petra is a member.

“Darwin is always a highlight of the Supercars season, and we can’t wait to get racing!”

BRT will be looking for a strong showing in the Top End, with the squad’s new recruit Todd Hazelwood seeking to better his best result of the season to date, which was fourth from the opening race in Perth, which was earned with the fastest lap of the race.

The Betr Darwin Triple Crown is set to run from June 16 to 18 at Hidden Valley Raceway.

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