A DECADE AGO
Many years before the stunning seven-second Camaro the brothers Mahon successfully campaigned in Super Sedan, Jarrod was cruising in a completely different kind of beast. However, the 1970 Holden HT Monaro GTS that featured on the cover of NZV8 Issue No. 30 wasn’t all too different from the Camaro, in that it looked stunning outside and only got better the closer you looked. Beneath the glass-like panels coated in Winter White paint, and the perfect stance on polished Simmons FR17 rims, was a show-quality machine built to be driven hard. The Huntsville Engine and Performance–built 406ci small block Chev was good for over 500hp, before the addition of a 100hp NOS shot thanks to Carl at C&M Performance, and was backed by a manualized TH400 and narrowed nine-inch built by Lee at Diffs R Us. After the feature, Jarrod made quite a few changes to the Monaro, the most notable of which was the addition of a set of big Intro billet wheels — good enough to nab five out of the seven Show Class awards at Powercruise 2009. However, it didn’t take long before his conscience told him to put the Monaro up for sale. “I was starting to beat up on it, and it was too nice for that — there was a lot of money tied up in it,” he says. The Monaro found its way south, into the hands of a true Holden-loving family in Southland, and is still in the same condition as when Jarrod sold it. The owner told us that he’d rather remain anonymous, so as not to direct any credit away from the fantastic job Jarrod did of building the car, and has no desire to change anything on it. As you can see by the photo supplied by Krystal Zeta Photography, it might just have gotten better with age!