Colleen McLeod is far from the per­son you’d ex­pect to see be­hind the wheel of an HSV VE ClubS­port, but, then again, she is full of sur­prises — we bet you wouldn’t pick that this is also her first and only V8! “I’ve been a petrol­head since the age of 12, grow­ing up as a farmer’s daugh­ter,” she told us. Although it has taken her a while to get the car of her dreams, she’s more than mak­ing up for lost time. “When­ever we [the HSV Own­ers Club] have a cruise, I’m one of the first to know, be­cause I’m al­ways keen to get out and drive. I’ve taken her down the Mere­mere drag strip, and around Hamp­ton Downs and Taupo, but I haven’t done Pukekohe yet!” So, what ex­actly is a ‘Murph’ edi­tion? It’s ef­fec­tively an HSV VE ClubS­port R8, com­plete with 317kW (425hp) GM LS2 6.2-litre V8 and 6L80E six-speed Tip­tronic auto, with Sport mode, and a spe­cial Greg Mur­phy theme. This takes the form of a black and or­ange colour scheme, with spe­cial ‘Murph’ stick­ers and up­hol­stery, and pro­duc­tion lim­ited to 51 units — rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Greg Mur­phy’s No. 51 race num­ber. Colleen’s is one of 41 sedans, with the other 10 be­ing HSV Maloo utes. How does she like it? “It’s beau­ti­ful — I love it! I’ve owned it since it was brand new. When my step­dad died, Mum handed me some money and told me to buy my­self my first brand-new car. I bought a VY SV6, which I gave to my daugh­ter a few years later, and, with my in­her­i­tance money, I bought the Murph.” Suf­fice to say this is one car that Colleen has no plans to re­lin­quish.

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