Apart from at the track, the chances of encountering just one Supercars driver are pretty slim so the opportunity to interact with 12 stars of the championship in one place is virtually non-existent, right? In fact, it is possible at the annual PPG New Zealand V8 Drivers Night. It has become the epic event to be at on the Thursday evening prior to the Auckland Super Sprint round at Pukekohe and 2017 was no different. Around 140 people packed into the PPG New Zealand Refinish head office, in Auckland, to enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner and the chance to rub shoulders with the sport’s elite.
All the drivers spent time signing autographs and posing for photos with guests, as well as getting on stage for an entertaining question and answer session. According to the MC for the evening, Tony Naughton, the drivers actually enjoy it just as much as the guests.
“From the moment they arrive in New Zealand, the drivers are flat out with media appointments and other demands on their time but, I can tell you, the PPG New Zealand V8 Drivers Night is one event they genuinely look forward to. For the guests, having 12 drivers in one place is amazing. We had a great time chatting to the guys up on stage. For example, asking the DJR Team Penske boys about the final run to the championship, talking to Dave Reynolds about the impact on him and the team of winning Bathurst and getting an insight into what Nissan Motorsport are up to next year. What’s fascinating is that all the drivers have a keen interest in the livery on their cars which, of course, are all done with PPG products. For example, Scott Pye loves the retro livery his car is running now – it is also very popular with the fans and it really stands out on track.”
Along with the opportunity to meet their driving heroes, guests were also in the running to win one of eight door prizes of one of two hot laps in a Dave West Motorsport racing truck.
The drivers at the event were: Walkinshaw Racing – James Courtney and Scott Pye, Prodrive Racing – Cameron Waters and Jason Bright, Brad Jones Racing – Nick Percat and Tim Slade, DJR Team Penske – Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin, Nissan Motorsport – Rick Kelly and Michael Caruso, Erebus Motorsport – Dave Reynolds and Dale Wood.
PPG products are renowned for their speed in the paint shop so it’s no wonder that PPG has established close partnerships with the very best Supercars teams. Today, almost two-thirds of the teams on the Supercars grid rely on PPG products for standout colour and a superior professional appearance.