NZV8 - - LETTERS - Todd

Dear Todd,

Nice to see the photo of the pink Monaro in the let­ters page of the Novem­ber is­sue [No. 162]. As some­one with more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in the brand — I’ve al­ways had one since the age of 21

— I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on the white Monaro in the Oc­to­ber is­sue [No. 161], but didn’t think it was once the pink one that I pur­chased off Dou­glas An­der­son back in the very late 1980s. That’s be­cause I still have it, af­ter nearly 30 years.

I am “that guy that spent a for­tune on go-fast parts for it for drag rac­ing”, which formed the ba­sis of magazine se­ries back in the ’90s look­ing at adding parts and test­ing for im­proved ETs. It was all go­ing so well un­til the car caught fire spec­tac­u­larly just prior to a mus­cle car shoot-out at the late great Thun­der­park. That was the end of the drag rac­ing ca­reer in the Monaro, although af­ter a re­build it was the last car to make a pass on the strip be­fore the bull­doz­ers came in to tear it up for grapevines.

I kept it in Strike Me Pink, de­spite the op­por­tu­nity for a colour change af­ter the en­gine bay fire, as it’s unique, and I kind of like it when Holden ‘ex­perts’ ask de­ri­sively “Why would you paint it that colour?”, not real­iz­ing that it’s a Holden colour. Re­tir­ing the Monaro from rac­ing didn’t kill the drag rac­ing urge and I’ve built up an HZ ute in ’70s street ma­chine style to quell that.

John (That guy from Hast­ings) Wow, thanks for the great ex­pla­na­tion, John, amaz­ing that you’ve still got the car all these years later. Im­pres­sive that it’s not only sur­vived the test of time — with a few close calls — but that you’ve held on to it. Thanks again,

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