Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Every car will run indigenous artwork in Darwin. Pic: Supplied

THE 2022 Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley marks the first official Indigenous Round in Repco Supercars Championship history.

Supercars has followed the lead of the AFL and NRL football codes in theming a weekend of its competition around celebrating indigenous culture.

Indigenous-themed liveries have been made compulsory for the event, with teams encouraged to collaborate with indigenous artists on their designs.

This page is your one-stop destination for every Indigenous Round livery, updated as each is unveiled in the lead-up to the June 17-19 event.

Artist: Melissa Tipo/Yaram, whose family have lived in the Darwin and Litchfield areas for generations.

Tipo/Yaram is an Academic Coordinator for the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, which delivers a CSIRO program for women seeking opportunities in a STEM career.

The team says: At the heart of the design is the Saltwater Crocodile, which represents strength, power and masculinity.

Balancing out the crocodile, the water lilies represent fertility, the blue signifies water, and the dots around the motifs symbolize prior generations, who are still overseeing and guiding society.

Another important facet is the bonnet painting, which covers various topics. The top left represents the Larrakia Country (Darwin area), with the flowing water surrounding the community, otherwise known as the “Saltwater People”.

At the bottom right is the team, their families and the community supporting the outfit, while the star at the top right represents “Grandpa”, ensuring that John Blanchard Senior is remembered at the track.

Artist: Elenore Binge, a Goomeroi/Kamilaroi woman born in Goondiwindi who was inspired to paint by her great Aunt Colleen McGrady.

This livery was adapted from the original work Younger, commissioned by Australian Rail Track Corporation in 2021 as part of their Reconciliation Action Plan.

The artist says: Younger depicts Mother Earth, the land we call Australia, and the waterways are her veins. Our ancestors have walked this country since time began.

The Traditional Custodians of each nation are our Spirit Guides, and they are there to protect our lands and to make the reconciliation journey a safe one.

The traditional bush medicines acknowledge healing and moving forward with shared learning of the reconciliation journey. The black and white hands symbolize reconciliation.

Railway tracks are depicted throughout, and the blue lines are Mother Earth’s veins, representing our rivers and waterways.

The No Harm and Meeting Place symbols and the Five Spirit Guides of the five states that we operate on and through are surrounded by the white footprints of the Ancestors gone before us, surrounded by Sacred Sites that may be on Country.

This page will be updated as each new livery is released


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