Kel Craig – HDT VK SS Group 3
The stories of the two ‘star’ cars on these pages could hardly be more different. One has been relatively well-preserved from new, with few misadventures and little work done over the last three decades. And the other (silver SS) has had a near-death experience. Let’s start with the white Group 3 – the Brockmobile that’s enjoyed quite a charmed life. Kel is the car’s third owner, having purchased it four years ago. The car presents today how it was delivered to Canberra Holden dealer Beasley and Bruce back in late 1985. It spent 11 years with its original owner, before it changed hands. The second owner had a lot of fun with it, before it was put in storage for 12 years. It was still in hibernation when sold to Kel. Since then he’s pulled it all apart, put it all back together and given it a respray. “First thing I did was pull the motor out and pull it down. Which, as it turned out, I probably didn’t need to do. But for peace of mind’s sake I’m glad I did it.” Kel takes it for a run once or twice a month. So why a Group 3? “I’m the type of bloke who likes things that are little bit different to what’s the most popular things of its type.” Kel is referring to the Group A or ‘Blue Meanie’. “I’ll never sell it. It took me a long time to find a ‘series two’ VK Group 3. They were an unofficial series two with a few subtle changes.”
AMC salutes the Brock Commodore Owners Association of Australia (www.bcoaa.com) for its assistance with this story.