Early Holden Club of Auck­land (Inc)

JOIN THE CLUB For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Early Holden Club of Auck­land (Inc) by send­ing a let­ter to PO BOX 60 069, Ti­ti­rangi, Auck­land, New Zealand.

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The Early Holden Club of Auck­land (Inc) was formed in 1983 by a group of en­thu­si­asts who share a pas­sion for Hold­ens in their orig­i­nal con­di­tion. The club now has over 70 mem­bers, and ac­cepts new mem­bers whether they cur­rently own a Holden or not. The ve­hi­cle range caters for both orig­i­nal and re­stored to orig­i­nal ex­am­ples of Holden mod­els from 1948 (48-215) to 1984 ( WB). Cars with mag wheels, mod­ern paint colours and in­te­ri­ors and body or en­gine al­ter­ations are not eli­gi­ble. “There are many other Holden clubs in New Zealand, but this is the only one which in­sists on orig­i­nal­ity,” said Club pres­i­dent, Glenn Flinken­berg.

It is per­haps this fo­cus on orig­i­nal­ity that has en­sured the club has twice won the Teams Event at In­ter­mar­que Con­cours d’élé­gance — in 2003 and 2012. Not only that, but since the in­cep­tion of the Sur­vivor class in 2014, it has claimed two first places, with an EJ Spe­cial sedan and an EH Premier sedan, and a sec­ond place with Glenn’s HD Premier sedan. That said, Glenn told us, “Peo­ple are of­ten scared of join­ing a club be­cause they think their car has to be award win­ning con­di­tion, but there are a lot of re­ally nice, orig­i­nal cars cruis­ing around that we’d love to have in the club. We have a wide range of cars al­ready, from clean, orig­i­nal ex­am­ples right through to Con­cours win­ners so, please get in touch if you would like to join the club.”

He says that a lot of peo­ple grew up around early Hold­ens, and in the ’60s Hold­ens were con­sid­ered the fam­ily car, which con­trib­uted to its ti­tle as the biggest-sell­ing brand in the coun­try.

Now the club reg­u­larly hosts its own events, with at least one ma­jor run per month, tours, so­cial out­ings and at­ten­dance at all the big shows.

A monthly club meet­ing is run for all mem­bers and any vis­i­tors who may wish to at­tend on the first Tues­day of each month at Avon­dale Lions Club Hall (on the cor­ner of Great North and Rose­bank Roads in Avon­dale, Auck­land). Th­ese pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers to swap sto­ries over a cuppa and talk about past runs as well as up­com­ing events. New mem­bers can get ac­quainted in a ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment and gain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on ve­hi­cles and up­com­ing events.

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