SON INHERITS FATHER’S PASSION FOR HOLDENS
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