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'Old Holdens Will Never Die', because we love them
Murray Bridge is the venue for car enthusiasts to enjoy a special event happening this weekend. The national club of the FX FJ Holdens will hold their biennial rally in the river town of South Australia. Participants and their cars will be coming from all over Australia including Queensland and Western Australia. Holden owners and their partners will enjoy the much-anticipated event over 4 days with member-only events, but the public is also invited to some.
Old Holdens from all over the country will meet this weekend in Murray Bridge. Image from fxfjnationals.com.au
On Saturday, 29th December the public is welcome to attend the show and shine at the Murray Bridge Racecourse. Entry is from 9 am and it will run all day. If you have never been to a show and shine before, this is when car owners get up early to wash and polish their vehicles.
Then all cars are put on display where the public can wander around and inspect the cars and have a chat with the owners. There are over 160 FJ and FX vehicle entries which are all in a competition. Also, more Holden displays from other clubs and years making this a bumper Holden lovers weekend.
See the best restored classic Holdens on display this weekend. Image by Kat May
There will be some entertainment, food and drinks and also some fantastic 1950s fashion. Organisers are encouraging visitors to dress up in your retro gear for a fun outing. 'Fashions In The Field' will feature a fashion parade by Beebop Boutique from 1:30pm. Admission to the fashion parade undercover area is $5, which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Get your seats early! Bars will be open around the racecourse but remember to take a designated non-drinking driver with you.
If you can't make it to Murray Bridge, you can also catch a view of the old Holdens as they take a Sunday drive to Birdwood to visit and have a picnic at the National Motor Museum. The vehicles will be on display in the grounds and the museum is putting up a special Holden display. They will be driving via Gumeracha and Woodside in the afternoon heading back to Murray Bridge. There will be no food facilities at the Museum.
Enjoy a day out with your mates or take the kids. Image by fxfjnationals.com.au
The FX FJ Nationals is a particularly special event for Holden lovers this year. 2018 was the 70th anniversary of the first Holden, which was the FX, released in 1948. In this period a sedan and later a ute was made. The FX was made from 1948 - 1953. The FJ came along as the second Holden model, with a variation to the front grille being a distinguishing feature. These were made from 1953-1957.
The first and last Holdens together in this photo. Image from fxfjnationals.com.au
With the Holden manufacturing plant at Elizabeth now closed, old Holdens will no doubt become more collectable. These cars hold a dear place in our hearts and have earned their place in the history of Australia. Most of us would have grown up with a Holden in the garage. I hope you get the chance to see these fabulous classic vehicles and welcome the many visitors to our State of SA this weekend.