‘Holden’ the hearts of coun­try’s big­gest fans

Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - BRIT­TANY BAKER

For­get about flow­ers and box of choco­lates – Holden wins best Valen­tine’s Day gift with the pre­sen­ta­tion of a brand new car for two of its big­gest fans.

Yes­ter­day Steve and Joy Fabish – a Taranaki cou­ple whose pas­sion for the Aus­tralian car in­spired them to open a Holden-themed mu­seum and mini-putt course last year – re­ceived a $70,000 Holden Com­modore ZB for free.

The cou­ple were wait­ing for the de­liv­ery of tick­ets to a pri­vate re­veal of the new Ger­man-built Holden in Auck­land when an un­ex­pected car came up their drive.

‘‘I thought ‘What is he do­ing here?’,’’ Steve said. ‘‘And then Greg Mur­phy drove up in the car.’’

Mur­phy then got out of the brand new cherry red Holden and handed the cou­ple a let­ter from Gen­eral Mo­tors In­ter­na­tional’s head hon­cho Barry En­gle wish­ing them a ‘‘Happy Valen­tine’s Day’’.

‘‘When I heard about how much you love Holden,’’ En­gle said in the let­ter, ‘‘I wanted you to know that Holden loves you too.’’

The cou­ple said they were in shock as they con­tin­ued to read the let­ter.

‘‘Holden and Ki­wis ‘go way back’ (as you like to say) and I think we’ve got an ex­cit­ing fu­ture to­gether,’’ it said.

‘‘En­joy the drive, this brand-new Com­modore is yours to keep.

And with tears in his eyes, Steve hopped in and gave it a quick test drive.

‘‘I drove it half a kilo­me­tre down the road and then we were on a plane to Auck­land,’’ he said.

‘‘It all hap­pened so quickly, it hasn’t sunk in yet.’’

Joy added: ‘‘We had no idea. It’s amaz­ing.’’

The cou­ple, who cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s Day with a nice din­ner in Auck­land, said the Holden sur­prise had made Fe­bru­ary 14 even more spe­cial.

Whether it’s the best Valen­tine’s Day they’ve ever had, Steve said: ‘‘Well it would have to be.’’

The cou­ple laid claim to be­ing Holden’s big­gest fans when they built a car mu­seum ded­i­cated to the brand, open­ing it up to the pub­lic in Novem­ber 2017.

Holden fans get ul­ti­mate Valen­tine’s Day sur­prise

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