The Original Holden Company started life as a saddlery making leather saddles used throughout Australia’s vast farming regions. They built their first car in 1908. In 1931 it became sa subsidiary of General motors and the company was renamed General Motors-Holdens Ltd. It was again renamed in 1998 and 2005. For many years Holden successfully built cars and bakkies which the Aussies called UTE’s. The Holden Commodore UTE was branded as a Chevrolet Lumina.
They had a string of successful models and were for many years the premier selling brand of Australia. Ford in the meantime was gaining ground on Holden but the swing to Japanese cars and smaller products from Europe played havoc with Holden’s marketing and manufacturing strategies. They were branding Korean Japanese British and German vehicles under a variety of names. All the while Toyota was gaining on Holden and today are the major sellers in Australia.
Holden still continues to sell General Motor imports from Europe. The USA and Canada.
There is a common thread in so many motor manufacturers. who it seems, for a time prospered on their own skills, strategies, designs and production, but with the fuel crisis in the 70’s and 80’s and the swing to new fashions of International design’ brands began to lose their identities in an era of rebadging, co-operative deals with mis- matched partners, indecision and an incredible ability to burn bridges behind them.
Sad actually, when they had such a wonderful opportunity to be really top class world players. There is a huge amount of information on The Holden Brand on the internet and a good starting place is Wikimedia-Holden. The Page may open slowly, so please be patient.
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
1951 Holden 50-2106 Utility – Chris Keating from Melbourne, Australia
1958 Holden FC – Sicnag
1968 Holden Monaro GTS – GTHO
1999 Holden Commodore VT – OSX
2001 Holden Monaro Coupe – OSX
2014 Holden Commodore VT UTE – EurovisionNim