In a project spearheaded by Repco, the car’s heyday sponsor, the Kim Jane Chevrolet has returned to its race-winning livery from two decades ago.
The car will now head to the National Museum of Motoring at Mount Panorama for a special display during the month of October to celebrate Repco’s 100th anniversary.
Jane will also drive the car in a parade on the morning of the 2022 Bathurst 1000.
The car is significant because it won the final NASCAR race in Australia at Albert Park in 2000, just before the series shut down.
Jane was one of NASCAR’s top local drivers, winning four straight titles between 1996 and 2000.
The Chevrolet was a regular winner at the Calder Park Thunderdome and was a runner-up in the 1998 NASCAR 1000 at Bathurst.
He also competed in the Winston West NASCAR round at Motegi in Japan in 1999.
It is now owned by Zac O’Hara, who drives it in the National Stock Car Series.
“It’s a wonderful car, it’s got a great history,” said Jane.
“Repco sponsorship started in the 1990s with David Tennant, who was the marketing manager at the time. Repco started out as a small sponsor when the car was wearing Bob Jane T-Marts colors, and we had the opportunity to sell all the sponsorship to Repco for what turned out to be the last season of NASCAR racing.
“To see him now again looking like he last raced is a wonderful feeling.”
Repco sponsorship boss Mitch Wiley added: “Once we were alerted to the fact that this car was still available, we contacted its owner Zac via the V8 Sleuth team and arranged for it to be returned to its latest winning livery. from 2000.
“Seeing the car reunited with Kim at the Calder Park Thunderdome and having it on display in Bathurst is truly special. The NASCAR era is an incredible chapter in Australian motorsports history and we are very proud of our involvement.
“The exhibit at the National Museum of Motor Racing will feature some important cars from Repco motorsports history and we will reveal more of them in the coming weeks.”
Other cars to be included in the ‘Repco Racing, 100 Years In The Making’ exhibit will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“We’ve celebrated Craig Lowndes, Dick Johnson and Larry Perkins at recent exhibits and 2022 is the perfect time for us to celebrate Repco’s incredible racing history and heritage on its 100th anniversary,” said Brad Owen, National Motor Racing Museum Coordinator. Museum.
“The lineup of cars being assembled is exciting and will give fans at the Repco Bathurst 1000 an additional reason to visit the Museum this October.”