A place in our his­tory

The Scot who came, saw and con­quered

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - MARK HINCH­LIFFE

BRI­TISH racer and car builder, the late Tom Walkin­shaw, left his im­print on Aussie mus­cle cars with his HSV line. He founded Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles with Holden in 1988 af­ter the man­u­fac­turer fell out with Peter Brock.

De­spite be­ing part-owned by a Scot, the com­pany con­tin­ued to make ve­hi­cles that de­serve their place in Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing his­tory.

V8 Su­per­car driver Craig Lown­des, who drove for Tom Walkin­shaw Rac­ing from 1994 to 2000, says the Scot left a ‘‘huge legacy’’ for Aus­tralian motorsport and mo­tor­ing.

‘‘I never got to drive the orig­i­nal Walkin­shaw Com­modore, but that was a great car,’’ he says.

‘‘That was the be­gin­ning of the HSVs and some peo­ple didn’t like it, but some loved it.

‘‘Those cars now will be a much-sought-af­ter ve­hi­cle. I’ve driven a cou­ple of them and they had their faults, but for their era they were a great thing to drive.’’

When asked to pick his favourite mod­els, HSV boss Phil Hard­ing chose from the cur­rent E Se­ries 3 range. How­ever, HSV per­son­nel delved fur­ther into their com­pany’s short his­tory. En­gi­neer­ing boss Joel Stod­dart chose the Coupe 4, sales boss Dar­ren Bowler the SV5000 and mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Tim Jack­son the W427.

We rate the top five HSVs as: 1. 1990 VG Maloo 2. 1988 VL Com­modore SS Group A SV 3. 1992 VP Sen­a­tor 5000i 4. 2008 HSV W427 5. 2004 Coupe4

One of the lat­est: the HSVWM3Grange.

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