HSV leg­end left mark on V8 his­tory

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Hinch­liffe

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:

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