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In 2017 we hosted a number of special guests from the early years of Holden Racing as well as Holden Designers, celebrating 100 years of Holden Coach Building. Check back closer to the 2018 event for details on next years special guest line up.
Holden legend Colin Bond is one of the most successful and versatile motor sport competitors in Australian history. Bond first came to national fame by winning the 1969 Hardie Ferodo 500 at Bathurst in a Holden Monaro, driving for the newly-formed Holden Dealer Team, sharing the car with Tony Roberts. But as well as a circuit racer, Bond was an accomplished rally driver, and in fact after successes in the ‘60s in Mitsubishi Colts, he went on to claim three Australian Rally Championships in Holden Toranas. He also drove Toranas to the prestigious Australian Touring Car Championship crown in 1975 and earlier, the South Pacific Touring Car series in 1971. Bond was a star in open-wheeler competition too, enjoying local success in hillclimbs early in his career, and then later racing F5000s. Later in his career Bond made the move from Holden to Ford, the first truly big name in the Australian sport to do so, driving for Allan Moffat’s Ford factory team and was part of the famous 1-2 formation finish at Bathurst in 1977. Colin also rallied Ford Escorts with great success from 1977 to 1980, also running the team, and they took a title with Greg Carr in 1978. And he raced Touring Car Capris for a time too. A stint with Alfa Romeo followed, and then Bond capped off a stellar career with several seasons aboard a Ford Sierra in Touring Cars before retiring in 1994.
Holdens have played a big part in John Harvey’s career, which included a long stint in Bob Jane’s team driving cars like the legendary Repco-engined Torana sports sedan and then his high-profile role as Peter Brock’s sidekick at the Holden Dealer Team. John began his career in speedway, where he was regarded as one of the best Speedcar drivers in Australia, before switching to circuit racing in 1964 where he began racing open-wheelers, sports cars and production touring cars of all sorts. Harvey won the Australian 1.5 litre Championship in 1966, drove the iconic McLaren-Repco M6B for Bob Jane to the Australian Sports Car Championship in 1971 and 1972, before racking up numerous race and series wins in the Repco Torana. In 1976 he won the opening round of the Australian Touring Car Championship in a privateer Torana, later that year joining the Holden Dealer Team where he stayed until the end of 1986. John won the 1983 Jamie Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, sharing a Commodore with Brock and Larry Perkins. During their time together, Brock and Harvey finished 1-2 in numerous Touring Car races and series. The pair were also part of the Australian team that won the Kings Cup for Holden at the 1986 Spa 24 Hours race, in Belgium. Harvey capped off his career by sharing a Holden Commodore with Allan Moffat to victory in the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship at Monza (Italy) in 1987. John retired from racing in 1988.
Captain Peter Janson
Holdens figured prominently in the motor racing career of this most colourful of racing drivers. ‘The Captain’ made 19 Bathurst starts in his illustrious career, 16 of them in Holdens and notably he was second outright twice, in 1979 and 1980, sharing Torana A9Xs with Larry Perkins. As well-known as a Melbourne socialite and raconteur as a racing driver, Peter was New Zealand born and British educated, before spending time in the Indian Army where he was a Captain. Settling in Australia, Janson described himself as a professional ‘Gentleman’ and quickly became renowned as a business wheeler and dealer, and a colourful addition to the Melbourne social scene. His homes in the Melbourne CBD at the Federal Hotel, later in the Windsor Hotel and now Rutherglen House, where he continues to live today, became as famous for their constant parade of visiting celebrities, royalties and overseas dignitaries, as they did for their flamboyant parties. During the ‘70s and early ‘80s Janson was a regular in major Touring Car races across the country, was the pioneer of what we know today as ‘corporate hospitality’ trackside, and then later still raced Jaguars and BMWs at Bathurst. Peter’s colourful approach to life was reflected in his racing, where he was notorious for various stunts to promote his sponsors or simply to antagonise officialdom. And always with a wicked smile.
Holden is not the brand you immediately think of when the name of Australian racing legend Allan Moffat is mentioned. But in fact Moffat has a strong claim to fame with the Australian General Motors brand, the highlight of which was victory in the opening round of the 1987 World Touring Car Championship at Monza (Italy), sharing a Holden Commodore with John Harvey. The year before Moffat had also been a part of the Holden Dealer Team’s successful assault on the Spa 24 Hour race in Belgium, winning the King’s Cup team prize along with Harvey, Peter Brock and Allan Grice. Moffat had joined Brock’s Holden Dealer Team earlier that year, partnering the Holden legend to a string of race wins and podiums in endurance events at home as well as contesting rounds of that year’s European Touring Car Championship. Of course, Allan is best known as a Ford racer and won four Bathursts for the blue oval, together with the Australian Touring Car Championship, the Australian Endurance Championship, the South Pacific Touring Car Series and the Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Demonstrating his versatility, the Canadian-born and now naturalised Australian also won the 1975 Sebring 12 Hours for BMW, raced a Porsche 911K3 at Le Mans and won the Australian Sports Car Championship in a Porsche. Moffat was also responsible for racing arguably the most iconic machine ever to compete in this country, the glorious Coca Cola Trans Am Mustang. Allan retired from racing as a driver in 1989.
Holdens have played a key part in the career of New Zealander Jim Richards, perhaps best remembered these days for his multiple successes in BMWs and then Nissans. But Richards first came to attention in Australia aboard a Holden … a Torana L34 which he shared with fellow Kiwi Rod Coppins to third place in a rain-soaked 1974 Hardie Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst. That kicked off Richards’ career here and over time earned him a role as Peter Brock’s co-driver, the pair winning the Bathurst 1000 no less than three years in a row in Toranas and Commodores. Richards then grabbed a fourth Holden victory in Australia’s great race, sharing a Commodore with Mark Skaife in 2002, to go along with two wins the pair chalked up for Nissan in 1991 and 1992. Between his debut here in 1974 and multiple wins for Porsche in Targa Tasmania, Jim raced Ford Falcons in Touring Cars and both a Mustang and Falcon in Sports Sedan competition. He was then signed to lead BMW’s Touring Car program in Australia, winning both the national title and the Endurance Championship in 1985, and repeating the former in 1987. In 1989 Richards switched to Nissan and took another two Touring Car titles in 1990 and 1991. Richards also competed on the Calder Thunderdome oval track, winning the NASCAR title in 1996, drove a Porsche 996 GT3 to the Australian GT Production Car title in 1999, and then four straight Nations Cup titles in the years 2000 to 2003, in a similar car. Jim capped off his professional career with an astonishing eight straight Targa Tasmania wins and still races today, contesting the Touring Car Masters Series, just for fun.
Of French-Canadian heritage, I was born and raised in America near St. Louis, Missouri. Educated in California, I graduated from the Art Center College of Design, and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honours in Automobile Design. After graduating in 1961, I joined General Motors Design Staff in Detroit where, over the years, I have held design assignments with Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac studios, and several Advanced Design Studios. However, much of my 30-year career consisted of assignments to GM overseas styling studios. Most of the 1960’s were spent in Europe working on many of the Vauxhall products in England as well as some involvement with Opel cars in Germany. In 1969, I was assigned to General Motors-Holden’s at Fisherman’s Bend, Australia, as Assistant Director of Design. 1973 brought a return to Detroit where I joined GM Styling’s International and Advanced Design Group as Assistant Executive in Charge. In late 1974, it was back to Australia and Holden’s again, now with the position of Director of Design. I remained in this capacity until the end of 1983. At that time, I returned to Detroit once more, to take up the position of International Coordinator of Design. During the next five years (my last assignment with GM), I travelled extensively, co-ordinating and contributing to the design of General Motor’s and General Motor’s affiliated companies’ automotive products in Japan, Korea and Europe. Upon my retirement in late 1988, I returned yet again to Australia, this time to take up permanent residence. These days, although I occasionally do some automobile design consultancy for overseas manufacturers, most of my time is spent on my rural property outside Melbourne.
Industrial Design graduate RMIT University Melbourne Australia, has studied and worked in the USA, Germany, Japan and China. During a 38-year career with General Motors, primarily with Holden becoming the first Australian Director of design and later the Commodore/ Caprice Program Manager. Career highlights were leading the Portfolio Planning of the GM Holden global rear wheel drive vehicle platform, GM International in the USA and later Australia. Prior position was to facilitate PATAC Design, a Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation and GM joint venture initiative as first Director of Design. During the assignment designed and built the Qilin show car exhibit at the 1999 Shanghai Motor Show. Also, GM Holden Design Director for fourteen years during the 1980’s & 90’s responsible for all design activities including the commissioning of the Buick XP2000, the first advanced design vehicle designed and built for a GM USA division in Australia. Following the GM career, Euro Design Associates was established to provide consulting assistance in the areas of Industrial Design and Design Management. Supported by a local and global network of design expertise to create exciting and innovating design solutions.
Richard Ferlazzo currently holds the position of Design Director at GM Australia Design in Port Melbourne. Richard qualified as an Industrial Designer at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia in 1982 and has been involved in automotive design since 1986. He joined GM Holden Design in 1988. Since that time Richard has been involved in the design of many Holden vehicles and has also contributed to other General Motors brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Pontiac and Buick. He also spent time on assignment at the famous GM Design Studio in Detroit, USA. His creative team works closely with affiliated GM Design Studios around the world developing Production Designs and Advanced Concepts for GM global vehicle programs. Career highlights include involvement in popular Holden vehicles such the Commodore VT, VE, VF, Monaro and Pontiac GTO. Richard was responsible for creating the iconic Holden EFIJY Concept Car in 2005 and he also designed the current evolution of the Holden Lion corporate logo.
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