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The Bottle-O Racing Team and drivers Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto will pay tribute to Alan Moffat – and the Famous 1977 Ford 1-2 victory – at Bathurst this weekend, by unveiling a brand new one-off livery purely for the 2017 event

The team will run the same colours as Moffat and Bond’s 1977 Ford XC Falcon on their modern day equivalent FG X Falcon Supercar, with Winterbottom and Canto wearing replica 1977 design race suits, among a host of tribute items.

The 1977 victory is famous for Bond electing to not pass the ailing Falcon of team owner Moffat in the closing laps, when the lead driver Moffat was nursing his car home due to a lack of rear brakes.

Mark Winterbottom, who won at Bathurst in 2013 – the first for a factory Ford driver since the 1977 race – says “Allan Moffat was one of my heroes growing up, and still is, so I feel very honoured to be racing in the livery he made so famous 40 years ago.”

“It will be great to have Allan and Colin trackside to watch the race this year and a big thanks to The Bottle-O team for making all of this happen. Dean and I would like nothing more than to take the famous livery to another win on the 40th anniversary.”

Allan Moffat will be in attendance to watch the one-off livery race this weekend, where he will also be inducted as an inaugural member of Supercars’ Legends Lane – a permanent tribute to past Bathurst greats.

“I have very fond memories of the 1977 race, it has become a big part of my life and still is even 40 years on. To see Mark and Dean carry those colours this year at Bathurst will be a great sight. I wish them and all the team the best of luck for the weekend.”

The tribute, which also includes retro-inspired crew uniforms and apparel, is part of a broad program instigated by Winterbottom’s naming-rights partner The Bottle-O to recognise the significance of the 1977 race and the legacy that exists four decades on.

Prior to Sunday’s 161- lap race an exclusive feature interview with Moffat and Bond will air on Fox Sports and Network TEN. In a tribute hosted by Winterbottom, the former team-mates reflect on the race, the significance of the result, what it meant at the time and what it means 40 years later.

Scott Marshall, CEO of Australian Liquor Marketers, which owns The Bottle-O brand wants to see the fans supporting the Bottle-O Racing team and the commemorative livery at this weekend’s Enduro race.

“We wanted to bring the fans a unique perspective on this historic motorsport event. The Bottle-O racing team has produced a moving, intimate interview with Alan Moffat, now 77 years of age, and Colin Bond revealing the full story never fully shared before with fans.

The Bottle-O racing team have been involved in Supercars for 11 seasons and no doubt the Bathurst 1000 will deliver more surprises for motoring fans to talk about well into the future. We wish Frosty and Dean all the best for the big race,” Marshall said.

Winterbottom and Canto will give the 1977 replica livery its on-track debut tomorrow during practice, ahead of Sunday’s 161-lap Bathurst 1000


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