Sled Fred’s

Australian Muscle Car - - Group Muscle -

Dream­ing of find­ing your very own ex-Bathurst race­car? Per­haps you should look in New Zealand, where the ex-Fred Geissler Group C Com­modore was found

Gen­uine Group C Holden Com­modore tour­ing cars from the mid-1980s are thin on the ground at the mo­ment in Her­itage Tour­ing Cars com­pe­ti­tion where Group C and A cars live on. But Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car mag­a­zine can re­veal an­other one has been found – and it’s on the restora­tion trail so it can take up a spot on the grid of the ever-pop­u­lar tin­top His­toric cat­e­gory as soon as next year.

Pri­va­teer Fred Geissler was a semi-reg­u­lar fix­ture on the tour­ing car grids of the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s. The Goul­burn-based, Kiwi-born Holden dealer ran To­ranas and later Com­modores be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing off the scene in the mid to late 1980s. While Fred him­self is un­der­stood to these days live back in New Zealand, his for­mer Group C Com­modore lives on in Aus­tralia – though it went via New Zealand and a Group A trans­for­ma­tion as well.

Last is­sue in AMC (is­sue #91) we fea­tured the ex-War­ren Cullen four-door Pi­o­neer A9X To­rana Group C car of Craig Bowring that made its pub­lic re-ap­pear­ance at the Su­per­cars Sandown 500 retro round.

When Bowring men­tioned he also had an­other car ‘on the go’, our ears pricked up and we asked some more ques­tions – and it turns out he’s got a Com­modore to go with his To­rana!

The car in ques­tion is the ex-Geissler car, which was built new at Geissler Holden in Goul­burn, NSW, in 1980 and made its de­but at Oran Park’s Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship round in mid-June. Over the fol­low­ing four years it ac­tu­ally had a very sim­ple and short rac­ing ca­reer.

Typ­i­cal of the pe­riod for the pri­va­teer driv­ers, Geissler saved him­self up ev­ery year for an as­sault on the James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, rac­ing there ev­ery year in this car from 1980 to 1984 in­clu­sive and only run­ning a hand­ful of other events each year (see break­out) in the time he had the car.

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