“I got the plate a week af­ter Peter Brock died,” Dar­ren An­der­son ex­plains of his ‘BROKIE’ num­ber plate. “I’d gone for hot laps with him in his A9X To­rana at Calder Park just a month be­fore he died. I was toss­ing up be­tween Bathurst and Calder Park, and my wife ba­si­cally said that I could go to Bathurst any year but I might never get an­other chance for hot laps with Brockie. She was right!” Be­fore Dar­ren pur­chased this Haz­ard Yel­low– painted VE GTS a year ago, the ‘BROKIE’ plate was worn with pride on his VY ClubS­port — a six-speed man­ual ex­am­ple fin­ished in Hot­house Green. “I owned the VY for 11 years, and only put 13,000km on it in that time,” Dar­ren says — and his cur­rent VE is sim­i­lar. “It stays in the garage, and only comes out on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.” Af­ter sell­ing the VY, Dar­ren and his wife started look­ing for a VE to re­place it — although not just any VE would do. As you may have guessed, Dar­ren’s a diehard HSV-head, and it took two years be­fore they found the right one. Be­ing a VE E3 series, this GTS gets the heavy-hit­ting 325kW (436hp) 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8. It looks good, sounds good, and goes even bet­ter — ev­ery­thing Dar­ren’s ever wanted from an HSV.

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