year (issue #66) AMC celebrated the 25th anniversary of the VL SS Group A SV Commodore, better known as ‘the Walky’ after HSV co-founder Tom Walkinshaw.
These cars are now considered Grade A classics. 750 were built by the new Holden Special Vehicles group and we were amazed to hear that the first one produced, #001, was given away as first prize in a 1988 competition run by Wheels magazine.
Readers could enter the competition by cutting coupons from the April to September issues and sticking them on an entry form published in the October edition. Can you imagine such a significant car being given away today?
The Wheels competition winner was Allen Riches, a dentist from Cairns, who kept the car for a few years before selling it. It had a few more owners before Carl Snelling, based in Charters Towers at the time, noticed a small classified ad in the Courier Mail newspaper in February 2002.
The car listed for sale was listed as Walkinshaw #001 although Carl thought this must be a misprint. The seller lived in Brisbane so he phoned him then drove 1500 kilometres there and back to check it out. He then contacted HSV to make sure it was the real