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!

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