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Walkinshaw Andretti United first to unveil Indigenous livery

Walkinshaw Andretti United reveals its two distinct Indigenous liveries for Darwin.

07 June 2024

Walkinshaw Andretti United has broken covers to reveal both Indigenous round liveries it will run at the Darwin Triple Crown from 14-16 June, designed by Rhonda Sampson and Ava Muir respectively.

Rhonda Sampson is a proud Kamilaroi woman who lives on Dharawal country in South Western Sydney, while Ava Muir is a 16-year-old proud Wurundjeri and Arrentre woman, who lives on the traditional lands of the Durag peoples in Syndey’s north.

The Mobil 1 NTI Racing Ford Mustang GT No. 2 and Mobil 1 Optus Racing Ford Mustang GT No. 25 will feature separate artworks across the event.

The artwork on Car 2 ‘Under the Stars’ is a visual representation of a commitment to and an ongoing journey towards reconciliation by Truck Assist. At the centre of the design is the Truck Assist team members who are committed to making a real difference in the community and strengthening relationships with First Nations peoples across the country.

The artwork titled “Artangentyele akethe durt”, which means together in the open stars, was commissioned by Optus and Mobil 1 to reflect key themes – Optus’ identifiably Australian optimism and positive connections, and Mobil 1’s passion and exhilaration.

At the heart of the design is the sky, the one we all share no matter who are we are or where we are, it keeps us positively connected and together. The handprints throughout the artwork are the handprints of Ava’s friends and family who have supported her passion for her culture and artwork. The Waang (raven) is the protector of the Wurundjeri people seen throughout the design.

“We look forward to the Darwin round each year, it’s a special weekend on the calendar, it’s a great way to celebrate our Indigenous communities,” said Bruce Stewart, CEO of Walkinshaw Andretti United.

“A massive thanks goes out to Truck Assist, Optus and Mobil 1 who have provided the artwork to help bring these liveries to life. A big thank you also to all of our partners who have been supportive throughout the entire process.

“It’s great to have Rhonda Sampson back on board this year as the artist for Car 2 and a big welcome to the family to young Ava Muir, both artists have done a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see these cars hit the track next week.”