Holden cruise de­par­ture

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

HHolden is set to in­clude en­thu­si­asts and the com­mu­nity in a cel­e­bra­tion of seven decades of man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia, with a ‘Dream Cruise’ sched­uled to take to the streets of North Ade­laide on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, the week­end be­fore the Eliz­a­beth ve­hi­cle oper­a­tions plant closes.

With the plant clo­sure on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20 set to be a very per­sonal af­fair, this is the chance to give the brand’s lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing chap­ter the send-off it de­serves.

“The fi­nal day of our lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing will be a strictly pri­vate event. That last day is for our peo­ple – there will be noth­ing pub­lic hap­pen­ing on 20 Oc­to­ber,” said Holden ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of man­u­fac­tur­ing Richard Phillips.

“The best way to help cel­e­brate Holden the brand and your per­sonal as­so­ci­a­tion with it is to join in or come along and line the route of the Holden Dream Cruise – this is the op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralia to show that pride and sup­port for our peo­ple.”

The event, in­tended to honour the era span­ning many chap­ters as a car man­u­fac­turer in Aus­tralia with a rolling show­case of its lo­cally man­u­fac­tured her­itage, is open to Holden own­ers and en­thu­si­asts, lo­cal res­i­dents and em­ploy­ees.

A large scale street pa­rade of lo­cally man­u­fac­tured metal will open pro­ceed­ings, lead­ing into a fam­ily fun day fea­tur­ing dis­plays, en­ter­tain­ment and a show ’n’ shine.

The Lion line-up will be led through the streets by a Holden 48/215 and a cur­rent, VFII Com­modore, and the brand is putting the roll­call out to own­ers of icons such as the FJ, EH and HD, and the Kingswood, To­rana, Monaro and Sand­man and oth­ers.

Fash­ioned af­ter Detroit’s bi­en­nial Wood­ward Dream Cruise, the pa­rade will start near the Eliz­a­beth plant and make its way to the Cen­tral District Foot­ball Club Oval in Eliz­a­beth South. There will be a series of spec­ta­tor van­tage points along the 10km route.

“The Holden Dream Cruise is not just for own­ers of clas­sic Holden cars made in Aus­tralia but for the wider com­mu­nity,” said Phillips.

“We want to hold an event that recog­nises the large com­mu­nity of peo­ple who care about the brand, its man­u­fac­tur­ing her­itage and its fu­ture.

“This in­cludes not only cus­tomers and en­thu­si­asts but peo­ple for whom em­ploy­ment at Holden has been an im­por­tant part of their fam­ily, in some cases for decades.”

For de­tails and to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est visit: www.hold­en­dream­cruise.com. au or www.face­book.com/hold­en­dream­cruise

Holden en­thu­si­asts in other states are ex­pected to mark the end of man­u­fac­tur­ing on Oc­to­ber 20 – which falls while this is­sue of AMC is on sale – with vis­its to the sites where GM-H plants were lo­cated. We wel­come pics.

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