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Holden fan Wayne Flower will cry in his beer tonight after learning that the brand is going to die


There was a time when the sight of Holden's legendary logo made an Aussie feel warm and blurry with pride.

Anyone other than a Ford hugging fan boy who often covered a Monster V8 engine has called it an Australian icon and institution in most households over the centuries.

These were the cars our fathers drove. Our father's fathers drove.

King of the mountain: Peter Brock will be associated with the cult brand forever. He is pictured here in 1983 after winning the race in a Holden Commodore. Prime Minister Bob Hawke can be seen in the background

A viewer clings to a car that is burning out on Tuff Street during the 2012 Summerberats Motor Festival in Canberra. With his planned death, Holdens is becoming increasingly rare in the young street scene

A viewer clings to a car that is burning out on Tuff Street during the 2012 Summerberats Motor Festival in Canberra. With his planned death, Holdens is becoming increasingly rare in the young street scene

Peter Brock's 1978 A9X Torana on the Gold Coast in 2009. Similar versions are worth a lot today and will likely be even more valuable with the decline of the Holden brand

Peter Brock's 1978 A9X Torana on the Gold Coast in 2009. Similar versions are worth a lot today and will likely be even more valuable with the decline of the Holden brand

My grandfather was traveling in a yellow twin until his death.

It would have rolled in his grave the day I blew the engine of this car. And again when I blew it the second time.

No doubt he's now rolling in his grave again, with the word that the Holden brand will also die.

How could this happen? This is a brand that is as Australian as Foster & # 39; s Lager, Vegemite and Barbecue Shapes.

This twin was my first car and in the years since I loved the Holden Lion and Stone and some of the classic vehicles it was sitting on.

I was told today that children couldn't care less about it.

The petrol heads that have beaten up their precious Australian engines over the years have gone so far as to look like an American car.

This includes – God forbid – removing the Holden badge and replacing it with a Chevrolet badge.

You would be right if you considered this type of action to be non-Australian.

It's the kind of behavior where the brand of Australian roads almost disappears.

General Motors will not only drop the Holden name but will also stop selling cars in Australia.

Unloading the Holden nameplate ended an auto tradition that began in November 1948 when the first 48-215 rolled off the assembly line at the Fisherman's Bend factory in Port Melbourne.

The Night Rider: that's the name of it. Remember him when you look at the night sky. He died with his "Floozy" while driving an HQ Monaro in the film Mad Max

The Night Rider: that's the name of it. Remember him when you look at the night sky. He died with his "Floozy" while driving an HQ Monaro in the film Mad Max

The headquarters of Monaro on its last journey on the rubber path to freedom. It was announced for the Mad Max film, but remains a very popular vehicle among Holden fans

The headquarters of Monaro on its last journey on the rubber path to freedom. It was announced for the Mad Max film, but remains a very popular vehicle among Holden fans

I wonder if the Chev badged bogans who desecrated their actual holdens will somehow feel stupid when thousands of them cross over next year.

For one thing, I know that I will start the engine of my 5.0-liter VL Calais a little louder the next time I drive to the bottle store.

I picked up this VL in 2007 from a buddy when he unfortunately had to unload it (for him) while going through a messy breakup.

I told him I would take care of him and I'm sure.

The VL used to be the car for teenagers who wanted to drive fast and do themselves.

The turbo in particular was modified, spiced up and often wrapped around a tree.

In Melbourne's west, where I call home, driving in the VL turns heads like a Ferrari.

Many people my age in their mid-40s remember these cars as a sign of better, easier times.

Older and not smarter: Wayne Flower on a trip to Barmah on the Murray River. He drove his VL into a ditch and had to be rescued by a worker from the Barmah Hotel. He paid back the favor with a plate of Crown Lager

Older and not smarter: Wayne Flower on a trip to Barmah on the Murray River. He drove his VL into a ditch and had to be rescued by a worker from the Barmah Hotel. He paid back the favor with a plate of Crown Lager

A younger Wayne Flower shows on his VL Calais on 5.0. He only started high school when the car was released, but plans to be buried in it

A younger Wayne Flower shows on his VL Calais on 5.0. He only started high school when the car was released, but plans to be buried in it

The VL Calais, driven by Wayne Flower. The car remains an eye catcher in the western suburbs of Melbourne

The VL himself is strangely connected to a man who has made the Holden brand a legend in this country.

He was known as the king of the mountain – Peter Brock.

& # 39; Brocky & # 39; had led Holden's factory-approved tuning company HDT in the 1980s when he was dumped due to his loopy idea of ​​jamming crystals in it.

Brock won the Australian Touring Car Championship three times, the exhausting Bathurst 1000 endurance race an incredible nine times, a performance that has not yet been achieved, the Sandown 500 Touring Car Race won another nine times and also completed several open wheel races and European tour car races.

He was at the top of his game when he wanted to jam an "energy polarizer" in the VL.

It's a long story, but Brock believed that the crystals could make the car drive better.

"It's a magical cure. It makes a house car good," he said.

It was not so and Holden sent Brock to pack.

Unfortunately, he died at the 2006 Targa West Rally at the age of 61. However, he remains a Holden legend.

Holden is branded in Australian history. A story that could unfortunately be forgotten by a younger generation who will probably only ever drive electric cars.

The manufacturer of popular models such as Kingswood and Torana was Australia's most popular car brand for decades and marketed itself in the 1970s as: "Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars".

Its market share has gradually declined since Bob Hawke's Labor government began to process Australia's 57 percent import duties in 1988.

The end of the 1984 James Hardie 1000 in Bathurst was won by Peter Brock in a VK Holden. Brocky designed special vehicles with crystals. The idea never came up

The end of the 1984 James Hardie 1000 in Bathurst was won by Peter Brock in a VK Holden. Brocky designed special vehicles with crystals. The idea never came up

A classic Holden V8 Monaro from the 1970s, which was torn down by a Holden-loving thief. Holden owners have long been targets of lovers of the brand that will no longer exist

A classic Holden V8 Monaro from the 1970s that was torn down by a Holden-loving thief. Holden owners have long been targets of lovers of the brand that will no longer exist

Holden started his life in 1856 as a saddlery and assembled GM cars from the USA that were sent to Australia as a kit.

General Motors Holden was born in 1931 and supported the military among the Allied nations during World War II.

In 1953, FJ Holden was sold new for about $ 2046.

The legendary Holden EH went into production ten years later, 256,959 were built in less than two years.

The Kingswood went on sale in 1968 and was later immortalized on television by Kingswood Country and his character Ted Bullpit.

The V8 Monaro was released in the same year and was later shown in the Australian film classic Mad Max.

The discontinuation of the Holden nameplate ended a car tradition that began in November 1948 when the first 48-215 rolled off the assembly line at the Fisherman's Bend factory in Melbourne. Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley is shown with the very first model

The discontinuation of the Holden nameplate ended a car tradition that began in November 1948 when the first 48-215 rolled off the assembly line at the Fisherman's Bend factory in Melbourne. Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley is shown with the very first model

In this film, Monaro headquarters was powered by a crazy job that was done by Ford drivers.

I must have remembered every word of the Night Rider's chatter in the years I copied this twin.

"I am a suicide machine with fuel injection! I'm a rocker, I'm a scooter, I'm an out-of-controller! & # 39 ;.

Good times.

While Holden released some stinkers during the trip, his death signals a sad, sad state of affairs in a country that now considers building dodgy submarines better than investing in Australian automobile manufacturing.

Maybe our old Holden are worth more now?

Who knows. Mine is stolen before I ever dream of selling it.

Just as I took off my hat for the night rider after he died in this fiery, destroyed Monaro, so I take off my hat for Holden.

Proud lion on Valhalla. Cheers and thanks for the ride.

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