Hastings Old Holdens Car Club

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Members of the Hastings Old Holdens Car Club have a big month ahead of them, as they prepare to buff and polish their prize Holdens in time for the third annual Classic Cruise. In the lead-up to the event Club Vice President, Rick Wilson, talks to Kim Gould about the club’s history, the upcoming Cruise and their beloved old Holdens.

> How did the club first come about?

Back in October 2004, a small group of old Holden lovers organised an informal get together at Lake Cathie.

An ad was placed in the local paper and flyers handed out to various outlets in the area, inviting all old Holden owners to bring their car and family along – with the intention of forming an old Holden club.

The response was overwhelming. Old Holdens of all shapes and sizes attended, ranging from original to modified, and all were made to feel welcome.

By the end of the gathering, a committee was elected and the Hastings Old Holdens Car Club was formed.

> What activities are run for the members?

On the third Sunday of every month, the club meets at around 9am at the Port Marina. From there, club members get to enjoy driving their pride and joy to various parts of the beautiful coastal and hinterlands areas on the Mid North Coast.

We also attends other car club ‘show n shine’ events, from Sydney to the Gold Coast.

A range of fundraising activities have been organised by the club, providing much needed funding for the local SES, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and numerous Mid North Coast schools and clubs.

Holden Torana

Holden Torana

> In your opinion, why is the Holden such an important Australian icon?

It is Australian owned, Australian built and is truly one of Australia’s best known icons.

> What’s your favorite Holden and why?

The first Holden to roll off the assembly line in 1948 was the 48-215, or better known as the FX. It would have to rate as one of the best known Holdens.

From there, some other well known models were built, such as the FJ, EH, HR, HK, and HQ, along with the Monaro, Torana, Gemini and the Statesman. Holden also built the trusty old Australian ute and produced a range of panel vans, which were sometimes referred to as the ‘sin bin’.

> Are there any stand-out stories from the club’s event or activities?

There are a multitude of stories that can be told about the club and its members. The club hosts its annual fancy dress weekend in October every year, and some of the outfits worn on the night have been truly incredible.

The Christmas party, held every year for the past five years at Stoney Park is another great event and when Santa arrives on the back of the trusty old Holden ute, the looks on the kid’s faces are priceless.

But the one thing that really stands out about the club is the true blue fair dinkum friendships that have been formed over the years – truly amazing. No matter where we go or what we do there are always so many members willing to give a helping hand.

> You’re hosting the third annual Hastings Old Holdens Classic Cruise in May. Tell us about the event.

The third annual Hastings Old Holdens Classic Cruise will be held from 21 to 23 May 2010.

The purpose of the event is to invite other old Holden car clubs and enthusiasts to our beautiful township of Port Macquarie. Entrants will enjoy a fantastic weekend of cruising the scenic coastal and hinterland areas of the Mid North Coast, and experience our friendly hospitality.

Over the past two Classic Cruise events we have attracted entries from as far as Sydney, Queensland and country areas. A major motor spectacular not to be missed by old Holden enthusiasts.

The Classic Cruise ‘Show n Shine’ will be held on Saturday 22 May from 1.30pm till around 4.30pm at Westport Park.

Entry forms, itineraries and more information are available from our website at

www.hastingsoldholdens.com.au

> How can people get involved with the club?

If you have an old Holden built between 1948 and the 1984 WB series, including Gemini and Torana (excluding Commodore), and would like to become a member of our club simply log on to our website at

www.hastingsoldholdens.com.au or email us at info@hastingsoldholdens.com.au

We can also be contacted by phoning Roy Craig on 0408 655 300 or Rick Wilson on 0408 478 363.

If you would like to participate in our monthly cruise you can meet the club at the Port Marina on the third Sunday of the month at around 9am.

> Thank you Rick.

The Classic Cruise ‘Show n Shine’ will be held on Saturday 22 May from 1.30pm till around 4.30pm at Westport Park.

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