THE SANDS OF TIME

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide Confidential - Twit­ter: @PaulWardGover

THE Sand­man is com­ing back to show­rooms. It’s not go­ing to be quite the way we re­mem­ber it but there is def­i­nitely some fun planned for the Com­modore in 2015.

Holden is not go­ing public yet with its think­ing or styling but a 21st-cen­tury Sand­man was one of the stars last week at a ma­jor Red Lion event that in­cluded con­fir­ma­tion of Mark Bern­hard as the first Aussie to run the com­pany since the late John Bagshaw.

How­ever, some­one at the event tells us the Sand­man badge is go­ing to be ap­plied to the Com­modore ute and wagon.

Un­hap­pily, it won’t mimic the V8­Su­per­cars Sand­man styled by Tom Grech and built by Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing but it will help Holden re­dis­cover its mojo, some­thing badly needed af­ter so much bad news in re­cent years.

The Sand­man is not the only de­sir­able new­comer that will break cover this year.

Based on the in­sider chat at Bathurst last week­end dur­ing the bril­liant 12-Hour race for GT cars, we’re ex­pect­ing to see an up­dated McLaren 675 Long Tail and the GT3 track ver­sion of the Mercedes-AMG GT at the Geneva mo­tor show, fol­lowed later in the year by the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Audi R8 su­per­car and, per­haps most ex­cit­ing, the baby “sports” McLaren that will go head-to-head with the Porsche 911.

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