Kel Craig – HDT VK SS Group 3

Australian Muscle Car - - Hdt Vk -

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.

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