Australian Muscle Car

Still at it There were two!

- Newcastle · Australia · Chevrolet

Thom­son and Shel­don both still re­side in the New­cas­tle re­gion, and while both are re­tired, they re­main ac­tive in mo­tor­sport. Thom­son owns and still races a Tor­nado Tal­is­man, one of only four of these rare early ‘60s Bri­tish sports coupes in Aus­tralia. Shel­don is cur­rently build­ing him­self a HQ Holden track ma­chine – a for­mer HQ se­ries six­cylin­der racer with a 7.0-litre Chev heart trans­plant.

We were cu­ri­ous that the ‘eye­wit­ness’ ac­counts of the Molden – de­scrib­ing an evil han­dling car – dif­fered so much from the rec­ol­lec­tions of Shel­don and Thom­son. In­deed, the Su­per-8 lm footage (above in­sets) of the Molden at Oran Park shows what looks like a well-man­nered ma­chine.

Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, how­ever, we learned that there was a sec­ond Hold­e­nengined Mini Sports Sedan! This black ma­chine was pre­sum­ably what our eye­wit­nesses saw. It’s said that this car used a VW transaxle, which might even have made it le­gal to race. We’d love to hear from any­one who knows more about the other Mini-Holden.

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