I’m washing my ute. Again. Some of my mates reckon I wash it more than I drive it, but that’s not entirely accurate—even if I have only racked up 1,600 km (994 miles) since taking delivery of it on August 4. It’s different this time though.
It’s a sad day for those of us who liked knowing that there was a company building big, V8-powered beasts, just like here in America, down at the bottom of the Earth. The company was GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden, and today they finished their very last car. Let’s see how much changed from the first Holden to the…
Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in Marvel’s Thor franchise, is hitting theaters early next month, so director Taika Waititi sat down with triple j for a bit of promotion. In the interview, he admits for the first time that he named the movie’s space ships after cars made by Australia’s legendary Holden brand.
The last Holden car is expected to roll out of General Motors’ assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on Oct. 20, during a ceremony for employees. But an image that surfaced ahead of that appears to show the car in the process of being built. The car will be the last commercial car ever built in Australia.
I know Australian Supercars haven’t always been V8 Supercars. I know. I know! But darn it if listening to the new twin-turbo V6 Holden Supercars engine leaves me with a big sad hole in my heart to the tune of some less impressive higher-pitched V6 noises.
For reasons beyond my explanation, I am somewhat obsessed with the Pilbara, the big chunk of desert in Western Australia where much of the country’s mining goes on. Here is a slice of life from this chunk of money desert.
Do you like utes? That’s an absurd question! Of course you like utes. Do you want to see a ute towing a ute that’s doing a burnout on the trailer? Yes! Duh! Why do I keep asking stupid questions?! Let me show you a good ute burnout.
As General Motors shuts down its Holden manufacturing in Australia this year, we’re all supposed to mourn what had been the new frontier of ute-loving, V8 freedom. But the shutdown was a bureaucratic decision; a slow bleed to avoid the prospect of a much more painful collapse.
And remember: proper ute-hoonage is your responsibility, no one else’s. You must hoon your ute daily and aggressively for best results.
Burnout the rainbow, my friends. Tires specifically made to emit voluminous clouds of candy-colored smoke are a glorious thing.
Australia’s most infamous, grueling race—the Bathurst 1000—concluded with not one, not two, but three Holden Commodores on the podium. Say, do you also own a Holden which is also capable of destroying the evil scourge known to man as “tires?” Please, do some burnouts. It is time.
There’s a maybe-supercharged V8 explosion coming from the southern shores of wonder, a ZR1-familiar LS9 stuck nose-up into the front of a Holden Commodore, which is Australian for “Chevrolet SS.” It’s the big boom time now, maybe, baby.
You gotta track yer ute in Australia, mate!
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Today, Craig Lowndes claimed his sixth ever Bathurst 1000 win with help from codriver Steven Richards. It was also a thirtieth win for Holden at the Australian endurance classic, and it came after an unbelievable six-car melee for the lead at the end. How is this man so fast? Let’s hop onboard his car and see.
My Aussie friend Dave is a real muscle car fanatic who doesn’t take kindly of some electric car claiming to be the fastest sedan on the planet. To prove Elon Musk wrong, he went for a drag race between a Tesla and a V8 Supercar.
Australia is the birthplace of the term 'hoon,' and has a host of strong anti-driving laws to keep bogans from drunkenly doing donuts on peoples' lawns. Here's one effort to reconcile a bit.