Scott McLaughlin has unveiled what could be his last Supercars helmet ahead of this year’s Bathurst 1000, commemorating legendary team owner and driver Dick Johnson.
McLaughlin has claimed all of his three championships with Johnson’s cars, as well as his sole Bathurst win.
Now, for next weekend’s season finale, McLaughlin will don a unique design inspired by the Tru Blue Falcon Johnson drove to a Bathurst victory and Australian Touring Car Championship in 1981.
The old pre-chase Mount Panorama circuit and the DJR team name is also painted onto the helmet.
“In the paint is the Tru-Blu car and the old Bathurst layout, and how many championships the team has won, how many Bathursts we’ve won,” McLaughlin told Supercars.com.
“It’s a massive tribute to DJ and what he has built as a team.
“My helmets are traditionally pretty yellow, so it’s completely different to what we’ve had.
“It’s based completely off DJ and that car, it’s so famous in Australian history really.”
The Kiwi says after the Bathurst race he will sign the helmet and present it to Johnson as a gift.
“At the end of the race, I’m going to sign it and give it to DJ as a bit of a gift for the 40th anniversary.
“I take a lot of privilege in driving the #17, and I think he loves me driving it.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s cool, just something to thank him for the opportunity and to carry on.”
The reigning Bathurst champion will partner Tim Slade in this year’s Great Race on October 15-18.