One of Australia's most successful racecars will make a surprise comeback for the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Surfers Paradise this weekend.

Known at Holden Racing Team as 'The Golden Child', the VX/VY Chevrolet-powered hybrid Commodore piloted by Mark Skaife won two Bathurst 1000s, two Clipsal 500s and two V8 Championships during 2001 and 2002.

The car has sat quietly under cover for twelve months in the corner of the workshop since the team's switch to VYs, but with the team having failed to repair Todd Kelly's car following Jason Plato's accident at Bathurst, the team has been given special dispensation by TEGA to race the 'Golden Child' this weekend.

"Todd is chasing down sixth position in the Championship, so he will switch to my VY Commodore at Surfers and give himself every chance to secure a bag full of points," Skaife explained. "Although we had our problems at Bathurst there was nothing wrong with the speed of the vehicle."

"I'm more than happy to pull the car out of retirement in this situation - it will bring back some pleasant memories and should also run competitively.

"This is very much a one-off arrangement as we are in the process of finishing our new VY racecar which should debut in Tasmania next month."