Team 18 have revealed a striking indigenous-themed livery for Scott Pye’s Nulon Racing Holden to take on the next two rounds of the Supercars Championship at the Darwin Triple Crown and the Townsville 500.

The Darwin round of the Supercars Championship this year marks the first ever official Supercars Indigenous Round, with all teams set to roll out an indigenous-themed livery on each car for the event. Team 18 will continue their liveries on both cars for use at next week’s Darwin Triple Crown and the Townsville 500 in July.

The livery has been designed in collaboration with naming rights partner Nulon and GH United, a Mackay-based Memorial Rugby League team. The artwork was created by Mackay-based Indigenous artist, Debbie Thaiday of DT Trait Designz and her family, who are from Iama & Erub Islands in the Torres Straits.

The artwork portrayed in the livery pays homage to two Mackay women, Gail Hine and Grace Hoffman, who both passed away from a Brain Aneurysm in 2009. Hine and Hoffman originated from the Torres Strait Islands and the main features of the design reflect their Torres Strait heritage.

The day of the Nulon Racing indigenous livery reveal also coincides with what would have been Grace Hoffman’s 60th birthday.

The story of the design is based on raising awareness for Brain Aneurysms, with the main feature on the roof featuring a butterfly, which represents Hine, and the larger turtle which represents Hoffman.

The dots running through the artwork represent Brain Aneurysm, with the burgundy colour incorporated into the dots as the colour for Brain Aneurysm Awareness.

The design also features a totem for each woman in the form of a Torres Strait Island Pigeon and Crocodile. The black tip reef shark and crocodile are the totems of the family of Debbie Thaiday, while the four yellow frangipani flowers represent the four children of both Grace and Gail.

The rest of the artwork features significant Torres Strait Islander drawings including the Dhari (traditional Island headdress), Warup (Island Drum), Lumut (drum), Gor (used for traditional dancing), the turtle and dugong which are a part of the Torres Strait Islander food source, and a traditional island dancer.

Nulon Racing will welcome guests of GH United and DT Trait Designz to support the team at the Townsville 500 event.

The livery was brought to life on the Nulon Racing Commodore by Team 18’s livery designer Nick Moss, graphics partner Ball & Doggett and paint supplier PPG Paint.

Scott Pye will hit the track in the Nulon Racing Holden for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown on June 17-19 at Hidden Valley Raceway on Larakia Land, and the NTI Townsville 500 on Wulgurukaba Land on 8-10 July.

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Debbie Thaiday, DT Trait Designz, artist of Nulon Racing Indigenous Livery

“We recently designed the supporter shirts for the GH United rugby league team for the annual Mackay Indigenous Rugby League Carnival, and we’ve replicated this story of GH United in the indigenous livery for the Nulon Racing team.

“My husband is a cousin of Grace [Hoffman] and Gail [Hine] and we’ve been a part of GH United since it started in 2010.

“It’s awesome to see our artwork on a Supercar and I can’t wait to see the car racing on track in Townsville, it’s a very proud moment to represent the story of GH and I know the family are very excited as well.” 

Scott Pye, driver – #20 Nulon Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“The Nulon Racing indigenous livery looks absolutely incredible and it will be sure to stand out when we hit the track for the first Supercars Indigenous round in Darwin.

“We are so proud to get behind a cause that Nulon are involved with at a community level and to carry the livery across to Townsville will be really special for the GH United team and the family of Gail Hine and Grace Hoffman.

“We’ve all been working hard since Winton so we can’t wait to get up to Darwin and put our best foot forward and show off this awesome livery on track.”

Tom Murray, Nulon Marketing Manager

“Nulon Racing is excited to support Supercars first official indigenous round at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown and proud to be displaying indigenous artwork by Debbie Thaiday, DT Trait Designz and the GH United Rugby League Club on the #20 car. 

“Each artwork tells a story and Debbie’s pays respect to prominent Mackay women Gail Hine and Grace Hoffman, who sadly both passed away in 2009 from brain aneurysms. 

We look forward to the racing in Darwin and more importantly, being part of an event that recognises the first Australians and raises awareness of indigenous issues.”