What could well be Australasias, and possibly the worlds, largest vehicle wrap.
A larger-than-life James Courtney and Shane van Gisbergen set off in the early hours of Saturday morning on the 4,500km trip across the Nullabor for round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo in Perth, Western Australia.
The four-metre high images of Courtney and van Gisbergen hold pride-of-place on the side of the new-look Stone Brothers Racing race transporter along with the JELD-WEN Motorsport and SP Tools Racing Falcons thanks to Roland DG, 3M and Queensland TAFE students..
Wrapping the MAN prime mover and the A and B trailers was no small task, with over 20 specialists required to get the job done in just four days.
Roland DG, who provide state-of-the-art digital graphic printers for all of SBR’s sign writing needs, produced 450 square metres of printed vinyl to cover the entire truck. The massive task took three machines 55 hours to prepare, print and laminate the material.
3M also came to the party with the latest digital graphic film, 3M Controltac Plus IJ180Cv2-10 and Scotchcal High Gloss Overlaminate 8518, to ensure a high gloss, wet paint look.
The SBR race transporter was transformed inside the Brisbane Truck Centre where masses of scaffolding, metres of extension leads and numerous flood lights, ladders, trestles and heat guns were employed to allow a team of 15, including seven sign writing apprentices from the Southbank Institute of Technology, to work on the 26-metre long truck and trailer at the same time.
Critical to the success of the project was Steve Lambourne and the crew from Clegg Media. Steve’s company specializes in vehicle wrapping, with the team at Clegg Media wrapping over 100 trucks last year.
The result of this enormous project is an amazing continuous mural showcasing SBR’s V8 Supercar Championship BF Ford Falcons, its two drivers and its corporate partners.
Business Manager of 3M Australia Gino Farina explains why his company became involved in the project.
"When the opportunity arose to work with SBR and Roland DG and align our activities with a project that was of benefit to all parties, including the community through the involvement of the TAFE students, we jumped at it."
Roland DG Sales and Marketing Manager John Wall was just as enthusiastic.
"We have been working closely with SBR for three years and we are always on the lookout to showcase the quality and versatility of our product to the greater market. What better way is there to do that than on a four-metre high, 26-metre long moving billboard!"
Team Principal Ross Stone is thrilled with the outcome.
"We now have a race transporter that presents SBR and our corporate partners in a striking and professional manner.
"The truck wrap was a big undertaking for everyone, from the boys in the workshop who prepared the trailers right through to the team that worked on the wrap at the Brisbane Truck Centre."
"It is a fantastic achievement by all and a great credit to 3M, Roland DG and SBR."
Roland DG Australia