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“I RECKON the Group A/Group 3 Blue Meanie is ar­guably the most iconic Com­modore ever be­cause of its ground-break­ing per­for­mance, its colour and the rep­u­ta­tion at the time en­joyed by Peter Brock, HDT and Holden. It has loads of char­ac­ter and be­cause of that I ac­tu­ally pre­fer driv­ing it to the SS-V Red­line. The SS-V Red­line is bril­liant, but like most new cars you can’t drive them fast enough to ex­plore their full ca­pa­bil­ity. Driv­ing the Group A your senses come alive. The steer­ing wheel is smaller and it feels so con­nected to the wheels and I’d say the steer­ing ra­tio is prob­a­bly quicker than on the SS-V Red­line. It is cer­tainly more in­volv­ing and en­gag­ing. I am amazed how much more I could see out of the Group A with its narrow roof pil­lars and it’s so much smaller than the SS-V Red­line. It feels about the size of a small hatch of to­day. Through cor­ners it is very sta­ble and the Bil­stein dampers do a great job. The ride is quite firm as back in the day stiff­ness was seen as bet­ter han­dling. It’s very Aus­tralian and as good a mod­ern clas­sic car as you are go­ing to get.”

ABOVE JB reck­ons the new guy pro­duces a glo­ri­ous au­ral sound­track..

BE­LOW But we sus­pect he felt a lit­tle more at home in ‘Bluey’.

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