Holden cars have been fan favourites in Australian motorsport for the last 50 years as V8 racing became the main game with Touring Cars and Supercars generating a massive fan base. James Alexander Holden established the Holden brand with his saddlery in Adelaide way back in 1856 and around 1908 his family business successors focused their expertise on vehicle body production and assembly for US auto giants General Motors and Ford in the 1920s.
By 1948, the GM Holden operations were building vehicles from scratch and the Holden brand became entrenched in the hearts and minds of Australian drivers and families. Who remembers the advertising jingle… “football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”? Famous for building Australian cars for Australian conditions, their sporty Torana and then Commodore family sedan, in the hands of talented racing teams and drivers, became unbeatable on the race track. Powered by V8 engines and performance modified, Holden established itself as the most successful racing marquee in the country and its head-to-head rivalry with Ford became the stuff of legends.