The Holden Racing Team is marking ANZAC Day a couple of weeks early this weekend, their cars wearing a special livery for V8 Supercars' annual trip to New Zealand.
Garth Tander and James Courtney’s HRT VF Commodores will exhibit a one-off design highlighted by a modernised version of the ANZAC Rising Sun and graphics depicting Australian and New Zealand soldiers walking side-by-side into battle.
The livery has received the approval of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA).
As part of the occasion, HRT’s ANZAC Tribute will raise awareness to the RSL’s ANZAC Appeal, which runs to ANZAC Day on Thursday, 25 April, and the RSA’s Poppy Day Appeal, which this year will take place next Friday, 19 April.
"Honoured and proud is the best description of how I feel about being able to pay tribute to the Spirit of ANZAC and to the brave men and women that have served our two countries," Tander said.
"ANZAC Day is no longer just about the original soldiers who landed at Gallipoli in 1915, nor is it just a public holiday.
"The Spirit of ANZAC is a reflection of our life’s values - courage, compassion, camaraderie and commitment, and being there to help a mate.
"I’m proud we have the opportunity to help nurture its meaning for future generations, and remember the sacrifices made so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today."
In addition to his HRT Commodore carrying the ANZAC Tribute, Courtney will wear a commemorative helmet, custom painted for the event.
"I’m proud that the Holden Racing Team is in a position where we can acknowledge and respect such a special day in Australia and New Zealand’s history," Courtney said.
"Our tribute not only commemorates those in the original Gallipoli campaign, but every person that has served our countries ever since - including those still serving today.
"The RSL in Australia and New Zealand’s RSA have done incredible work for generations helping veterans and their families when they need it.
"It is important we continue to recognise these organisations and support their fund raising appeals so they can continue to provide such valuable support."
HRT’s ANZAC Tribute will be seen on track for the first time in practice at 10.10am (NZ time) Friday at Pukekohe Park Raceway.