SON IN­HER­ITS FA­THER’S PAS­SION FOR HOLD­ENS

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - USED CARS - DAVID BUR­RELL

IF RUS­SELL Cooper ever went on a TV quiz show his sub­ject spe­cialty would be “Hold­ens: From 1960 to 1963”.

The Holden col­lec­tor has more than 15 of them stored in sheds his property. They in­clude a pair of award-win­ning FB and 1961 EK Spe­cials, an orig­i­nal ute, 7000 mile wagon, slick EJ Premier and a few rusted relics that are good for parts.

“It was my late fa­ther who got me started,” Rus­sell ad­mits. “When I was grow­ing up all he had were FBs and EKs. They only used to cost him around $100, some­times just $20,

al­ways a couple of them.”

So it was only nat­u­ral that as soon as he able to drive Rus­sell grav­i­tated FB and EK Hold­ens.

He be­gan col­lect­ing restor­ing th­ese mod­els back in the day when they were plen­ti­ful cheap.

”I used be go lo­cal garbage dump pick up parts for free,” he lsays.

His award-win­ning FB and EK have been metic­u­lously re­turned to show­room floor con­di­tion.

An­other is more of a daily driver and adorned with ev­ery chromed ac­ces­sory that was avail­able at the time.

Hid­den away in cor­ner one shed is two-tone green 7000 mile FB wagon.

“The guy who owned it died not long af­ter he bought it and his par­ents just parked it,” Rus­sell ex­plains. “It still has the 1961 rego sticker on win­dow.”

The wagon in­te­rior is as new Rus­sell is not sure yet if he will re­store the body, which some sur­face rust, or just give it a quick rub back and get car mo­bile.

Not only does col­lect and re­store cars, Rus­sell’s ve­hi­cles are in de­mand from film TV com­pa­nies for use as props.

“My blue EK was used re­cently a TV show, which recre­ated a crime the 1960s, and I have black white that saw screen time in Home Away,” he says.

David Bur­rell is the ed­i­tor of retroau­tos.com.au

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