HERE DO we go from here? Most of us have only known life in one of two tribes, red or blue. And those in the red tribe have only known aspiring for an SS and later in life, when they’ve really made it, an HSV; or have only known the feeling of something stirring behind closed doors at Fishermans Bend, fed by speculation and spy shots.
As sad as it is to watch the curtain close on nearly seven decades of Holden manufacturing in Australia, life goes on. And a passion for cars can go on. For those happy and able to take on the responsibility of caring for an older car, Holden leaves us with the thousands of the cars it made.
And the interesting thing about cars is that, properly maintained, they become kind of threedimensional postcards from the past, objects frozen in time. We will always have evidence of the things we were able to design and make, on our own soil.
The end of Holden manufacturing also means the start of a new era: The General supplying us new muscle cars from the USA. For decades, the Americans have shipped their V8s to Australia to power our performance cars. Now they’ll just be sending the whole car.
Do not get us wrong, with the end of Australian manufacturing, and in particular the Commodore, something enormous has been lost. It’s not just people’s jobs, a physical factory, and a new model in the local showroom. It’s also tangible proof of what we as a nation can do – little Australia, the 53rd most populous country in the world, yet one of just 13 capable of building a car from the ground up.
And just because there might now be 12 doing so, doesn’t mean we no longer know how.