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Echuca National Holden Museum & Holden's History

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Published March 21st 2016
Find the soul of Australia with Holden's History
The Holen FJ-Australian as it gets
The Holen FJ-Australian as it gets
Holden has always been synonymous with Australia, even if the company was a subsidiary of General Motors in America-General Motors Holden is the Australasian branch. For the most part the cars have been manufactured and assembled here, with great pride and skill, and some models were imported. Australia's car first carrying the Holden badge was the 1948 sedan-preclude to the ever famous FJ Holden. The 'FJ' was our pride and joy, and the first real affordable and reliable car as the post-war boom period saw global growth and development.

The first Holden-a 1948 Sedan
The first Holden-a 1948 Sedan
Australia has always been recognised as a harsh and barren place, with roads that eat cars. Holdens have always been the car to fit the bill under these conditions. Holden took part in the early Sydney to Melbourne time trials and records set along roads that were mostly, little more than bush tracks and farm roads. These time trials were amazing feats of endurance by both car and driver. The events were held prior to the days of Highway 1. For more information about the history of Holden click here.

The 60's and 70's saw many models that are now part of the hall of fame at the Holden Museum. The first Monaro lines up with the

The Holden Racing Team have 30 wins at Bathurst
The Holden Racing Team have 30 wins at Bathurst
late 90's revamp and heralds the changes in our motoring history. The museum has a great range of memorabilia in their gift shop, and entry fees are very reasonable. Opening times are 9am to 5pm 7 days a week. See their website for more information. You can also find the museum on Facebook. You can learn about prototypes that were never released, the changes in engine, suspension and body component technology with each generation of production. There are interesting facts about the Holden family who started with a saddlery business and moved in car body manufacture and later merged to
Excellence in Holden restoration
Excellence in Holden restoration
create the emerging General Motors Holden.

Perhaps the man who is the epitome of the Holden race driving team is Peter Brock, and during the many years of Holden versus Ford battles, Peter Brock has taken the flag 9 times-he also drove for Ford, Porsche, BMW, Volvo and Peugeot. His legendary popularity will never wane with race goers. 'Rocky' or 'Peter Perfect' as he was often known, was a major part of Holden history.

The Holden family and company development
The Holden family and company development
There are Holden Car Clubs across the land and here are links for those in your state. If you want to restore your own, then these clubs will help with a mine of information, tips and advice, spare parts channels and mates to lend a helping hand. You may even find your dream classic Holden advertised by your club. Owning and driving classic Holdens is a fun, interesting and social activity. People will stop and tell you a story or maybe ask yours. You will receive a wave from passers-by, and club meets will broaden your motoring and historical knowledge. Classic Holdens and parts can be found on various sites such as Unique Cars, Just Auto, Trading Post and of course Ebay.

We know where we came from and here is to the future and motoring. The history of Holden in Australia is more important now than ever, as part of our heritage and our very souls- especially since Holden plans to close manufacture here in 2017. It is a good thing that enthusiasts will keep the history alive. Holdens will always be on show on our roads as a reminder of who we are. Buy a Holden and live a little of Australia.

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Why? To learn about Holden's history.
When: 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.
Phone: (03) 5480 2033
Where: 7-11 Warren St Echuca, Vic Australia
Cost: Adults $9.50, families $22.50, and seniors $8.00.
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It's not just Holden's history, it's Australia's history too. A great place for anyone to visit.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7511) 1353 days ago
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