Team 18 have revealed the indigenous livery for Scott Pye’s #20 Hino Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Supercars Indigenous Round in Darwin and Townsville 500.
Pye will carry an artwork titled ‘Travelling On Country’ designed by Mayi artist Leah Cummins from Cloncurry in North-Western Queensland.
‘Travelling On Country’ is inspired by the traditional and modern ways of travelling in celebration of the second annual Supercars Indigenous Round.
The artwork also focuses on the importance of respecting the land that has provided so much to generations of Indigenous people.
“Darwin has been a happy hunting ground for Scott Pye in the past, and Hino Australia is thrilled to be backing him and Team 18 with this striking indigenous livery designed by Leah Cummins,” said Richard Emery, Vice President of Brand and Franchise Development at Hino Australia.
“The inspiration and story behind the artwork of ‘Travelling On Country’ is pertinent to the Supercars Championship as it travels to Darwin, and also to Hino as a transport company.”
Grey lines on the car’s livery represent roads, showing the modern way of travelling, while the orange lines highlight the ancient pathways that have been travelled for generations.
The U shapes around the meeting place, which is the Aboriginal symbol for person, represents the communities sitting together, sharing stories, and passing on the knowledge of the land and its traditions to the next generation.
The stars in the art bring hope, optimism and dreams, and the person with the shield and spear is a symbol of strength.
Team 18 worked in collaboration with graphic designer Nick Moss, paint partner PPG and graphic design partner Ball & Doggett to bring the 2023 Hino indigenous livery to life.
Cummins flew down from Brisbane in Queensland to Melbourne to meet with Pye to reveal the livery and share the story behind this year’s design.
“I'm blown away, the car looks fantastic. I love the way the design is integrated with the shape of the car, and getting to meet Leah as well is a great opportunity for me to have her explain the design and what's gone into that and the thought process behind it,” said Scott Pye.
“Leah also went through what individual element on the design itself means, from the people to the representation of the animals is fantastic to get an understanding and I'll represent this proudly on the weekend and hopefully we can get a great result with it.
“I love the way the category gets behind these concepts, and even for the retro rounds, I think that it's exciting to see the twists people put on the designs that go into them. I think uniquely for the indigenous livery, there's a real story behind every design that's on the racetrack, so I look forward to getting there when we do our photo shoots early in the week and seeing what the other cars look like and what their designs are.
“It was really great to meet Leah and have her explain to me the thought process behind this design. It gives you a greater appreciation and a real pride in representing her story on the race track.”
Pye will hit the track in the Hino Camaro at the BetR Darwin Triple Crown on 16-18 June at Hidden Valley Raceway on Larakia Land.
Leah Cummins, Artist for the 2023 Hino Indigenous Livery
“I've never done anything like this and it’s awesome to see my artwork on such a large scale, especially something that’s going to be taken over to Darwin for the Supercars race.
“I used to see the Supercars trucks come through Cloncurry all the time to get up to Darwin for the race, so the story around ‘travelling country’ came from the travelling that people do to get to these places and also telling a story of indigenous people and their meeting places.
“The artwork is called 'Traveling On Country’, it’s about Supercars teams traveling the country to perform on the race track. It’s about connecting one another at different meeting places across the country and the journey lines represent how people have travelled over generations.
“It’s great to see more awareness of indigenous culture, and it’s something that should be done more often and widespread because we have to celebrate what Australia is, and that’s 65,000 years of history that was here before colonisation. To see Indigenous culture being shared and enjoyed and people being interested and inquisitive to the story of indigenous people, especially when you see it on the Supercars, it gets people engaged and talking about which is great.
“I really hope the people of Darwin and the crowd will like the artwork. I like what non-indigenous people think about it but I love when my own mob tells me they like my art, it means so much to me and it’s really special to be involved in this project.
“I love telling stories in my artwork so people can actually appreciate and see the story in the art piece. It was great to meet Scott and share the story about the artwork with him. It’s special because he needs to understand the artwork that’s being represented on the vehicle he’s driving. I had the opportunity to show him around the car and explain the symbols and the indigenous artwork involved which was an awesome experience.”