A place in our history
The Scot who came, saw and conquered
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.