At the Bathurst 1000 next month, the #23 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar will wear this throwback red, white, and blue color scheme. And as you might have guessed, the team didn't pull it out of thin air. It's derived from the colors worn by the Skyline that Jim Richards drove in the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship – the precursor of today's V8 Supercars series.

In that historic season, four-time ATCC champ Richards won two rounds in the Skyline H31 GTS-R before switching to the newer R32 GT-R and winning one more. Those three checkered flags helped Richards score his third title, and the first of three that Nissan would go on to win in the series. Richards kept that H31 and still brings it to historic racing events with what he remembers as his favorite racing livery.

If there's anything we love more than old racing liveries, it's when automakers and racing teams bring them back. Whether it's the Gulf livery sported by Aston Martin at Le Mans, the Martini stripes worn by Williams in F1, or the throwback liveries Toyota recently cooked up for the GT86 (aka Scion FR-S). Nissan's done some of its own retro racing liveries as well, like the one the GT-R LM Nismo wore recently, or this one done up Down Under. Watch and listen to Nissan's Michael Caruso talk to Richards about it in the video below.
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Nissan to celebrate 25 years since first Australian Touring Car championship title at 2015 Bathurst 1000

- #23 NISMO Nissan Altima V8 Supercar to race in colors of Jim Richards' 1990ATCC-winning Nissan Skyline HR31 at 2015 Bathurst 1000 on October 8 to 112015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Nissan will celebrate its first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) title by running a spectacular retro livery on its #23 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar at this year's Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama from October 8 to 11 in Bathurst, Australia.

The #23 NISMO Nissan Altima V8 of Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore will race in the same colors as the 1990 Nissan Skyline HR31, 25 years after Jim Richards used the Skyline to win the 1990 championship.

Richards raced the Skyline in six of the eight rounds of the 1990 ATCC. Richards switched to the new Nissan GT-R R32 for the final two rounds of the1990 championship, but crucially, two of his three round wins that year were with the Skyline HR31.

Richards was so fond of the Skyline that he recently purchased the car for his own collection and now regularly drives it in historic touring car events. Richards also flagged the 1990 colors as his favorite factory Nissan livery.

The 1990 ATCC crown was the dawn of a dominant era for Nissan in Australian motorsport, with the Nissan GT-R R32 going on to win both the ATCC and Bathurst 1000 in both 1991 and 1992 in the hands of Richards and teammate Mark Skaife.

Richards is one of the greatest drivers in Australian touring car history, is a V8 Supercars Hall of Fame member, four-time Australian Touring Car Champion (two with Nissan, 1990 and 1991), and seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner (two with Nissan, 1991 and 1992).

The move follows last year's well-received Nissan heritage campaign at the Bathurst 1000, where Caruso and Fiore raced in the colors of George Fury's famous Nissan Bluebird Turbo, which earned the first Nissan pole at Mount Panorama in 1984.

Nissan has enjoyed strong form at Mount Panorama in recent times, with James Moffat and Taz Douglas finishing second in the 2014 Bathurst 1000 in the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and Katsumasa Chiyo, Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss winning the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour in February in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

"Nissan is happy to celebrate 25 years since our first Australian Touring Car Championship title at this year's Bathurst 1000 by reviving another one of our famous motorsport paint schemes," said Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery. "We were really pleased with the reaction to the Bluebird 'retro' livery that we campaigned at last year's Bathurst 1000 and we are confident that the fans will be just as excited to see the Skyline colors return to Mount Panorama this year. Jim Richards' 1990 ATCC title was the start of a dominant era for Nissan in Australian motorsport. It's fitting that 25 years later we salute Jim. He not only won Nissan our first ATCC crown, he is truly a legend of Australian motorsport. It's fantastic to see the affection that Jim still holds for the Skyline, so much so that he has bought the car and is racing it again. The GT-R R32 gets a lot of attention, even to this day, but the achievements of the Skyline HR31 should not be forgotten."

Jim Richards' 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship season

Round

Circuit

Car

Result

1.

Amaroo Park (NSW)

Nissan Skyline HR31

Winner

2.

Symmons Plains (TAS)

Nissan Skyline HR31

7th

3.

Phillip Island (VIC)

Nissan Skyline HR31

3rd

4.

Winton (VIC)

Nissan Skyline HR31

Winner

5.

Lakeside (QLD)

Nissan Skyline HR31

5th

6.

Mallala (SA)

Nissan Skyline HR31

3rd

7.

Wanneroo (WA)

Nissan Skyline HR31

4th

8.

Oran Park (NSW)

Nissan Skyline HR31

Winner


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