My Mus­cle Car

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Reader: An­drew Hall Mus­cle car: VL Brock Home­town: Bris­bane, QLD What is it? “A HDT SS VL Group A Plus Pack.” When did you buy it? “Novem­ber 1996.” Why did you buy it? “At the time I wanted a Brock and wasn’t too fussed on any par­tic­u­lar model. This car ap­peared in the ‘Car of the Week’ clas­si­fieds of a lo­cal pa­per on the Gold Coast. The ad steered me to­wards it: ‘one owner, tint, tai­lored car­pet in the boot, sheep­skins (since re­moved), car bra, im­mo­biliser, full ser­vice his­tory, etc’. It wasn’t un­til I got to the deal­er­ship to in­spect the car that I re­alised that it was the Brock full sig­na­ture Plus Pack model. I walked away from the ne­go­ti­a­tions three times un­til I got the deal I wanted for my trade-in. So it pays to stick to your guns.” What do you know about its life? “It took part in a cou­ple of Dut­ton Grand Prix ral­lies when F1 was still in Ade­laide. Also, be­ing a one deal­er­ship car makes it unique – it was or­dered from HDT in Oc­to­ber 1986 and traded back to the same dealer in Novem­ber 1996. That was Lock­hart Holden, now Surfers City Holden. I picked it up only a mat­ter of days af­ter it hit the show­room floor – lit­er­ally in the show­room as a 10-year-old car! It had 100,000 kays on the clock and I have only added 37,000 in 19 years.” How does it go? “Fan­tas­tic! I had the en­gine out while I was fresh­en­ing up the en­gine bay in 2012 and my me­chanic Mario – make that Su­per Mario – sug­gested I get key com­po­nents over­hauled: ra­di­a­tor, dis­trib­u­tor, carby, etc. So she runs crisper now than when I picked her up in ’96.” Any­thing you would like to add? “I have a fac­tory-op­tion HDT re­verse cold air in­take. Also a MOMO race wheel, as I am wait­ing for the orig­i­nal Momo wheel to be re-cov­ered. I am still as pas­sion­ate about her now as I was19 years ago. I mean Bathurst 1987 will never be far from my thoughts – Brock against the world and the world on his shoul­ders at the time in a VL. So to own one of the 500 ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials is spe­cial. And I speak for all Brock own­ers when I say we still drive to­day in his hon­our.”

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