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Ter­rific story on Mike Sim­coe ( AMC #88). Mr Sim­coe is an ex­tremely ta­lented man. Now a quick lit­tle story. Back in the day I or­dered a brand new WH States­man from a lo­cal Holden dealer in the Hills District of Syd­ney, just up the Wind­sor Road!

From mem­ory, this was the year after I’d been to the 1998 Mo­tor Show at Dar­ling Har­bour where I re­mem­ber see­ing the VT mock Monaro, aka the ‘Com­mo2­dore’, as the news­pa­per journos called it.

At a sub­se­quent Mo­tor Show – maybe, another year on – I saw the lat­est model HSVs and other ex­cit­ing Hold­ens on show! So right there and then on the Holden stand I or­dered the up­com­ing Monaro. Happy Days!

Al­most two years later I took de­liv­ery of a Hot­house Green Monaro CV8 with the man­ual gear­box, leather, etc from the very same dealer I pur­chased the States­man from. It was amaz­ing!

I will never for­get that day. Most of the deal­er­ship staff was swarm­ing all over it when I picked it up. Droolling. I was the King of Bling! Their eyes were bog­gling and I couldn’t con­tain my ex­cite­ment. I was very for­tu­nate. Ap­par­ently my CV8 was the sec­ond one de­liv­ered in Aus­tralia.

Now to my point: a very short time after that I turned 40 years of age and a friend of a friend, who was in­stalling an au­dio­vi­sual sys­tem in the Holden head of­fice at Fish­er­mans Bend, just so hap­pened to be li­ais­ing with Mr Sim­coe.

My friend asked his friend to grab an of­fi­cial green Holden Monaro cof­fee mug and get it signed by Mr Sim­coe. I re­ceived the mug for my 40th birth­day fully signed by Mr Sim­coe to me. He ac­tu­ally signed on the mug. I ab­so­lutely love it and it rests with a shed­load of other Holden mem­o­ra­bilia I have. But it’s the ‘bomb out’ of all I have! Even beats my Brocky col­lec­tion, I reckon.

Who would have known back then that Mr Sim­coe would go so far in the au­to­mo­tive world. Congrats, Mr Sim­coe. It’s just what a gen­uine bloke, who’s a skilled in­di­vid­ual and car lover de­serves! PS: Own­ing the CV8 Monaro was fan­tas­tic, but after buy­ing it I never ever got to any of my cus­tomer’s ap­point­ments on time as I was con­stantly held up by ad­mir­ers, sto­ry­tellers and peo­ple want­ing photos of them­selves stand­ing next to it. Great times in­deed! Brett Col­li­son Via email

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