HSV legend left mark on V8 history
BRITISH racer and car builder Tom Walkinshaw not only leaves behind a motorsport legacy but also his imprint on Aussie muscle cars.
He founded Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) with Holden in 1988 after the manufacturer fell out with Peter Brock and despite being part-owned by a Scot, the company has made vehicles that deserve their place in Australian motoring history.
V8 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes, who drove for Tom Walkinshaw Racing from 1994 to 2000, said the Scot left a ‘‘huge legacy’’ for Australian motoring.
‘‘I never got to drive the original Walkinshaw Commodore, but that was a great car,’’ he said.
When asked to pick his favourite models, HSV boss Phil Harding chose the current E3 range. However, HSV personnel delved further into their company’s short history: engineering boss Joel Stoddart chose the Coupe4, sales boss Darren Bowler the SV5000 and marketing general manager Tim Jackson the W427. We rate the top five HSVs: