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    The Passion for Holden

    A Celebration of the Classic Australian Marque in 48 Cars

    Joel Wakely has worked with and raced with Holden cars almost his entire life, owning several significant and some very rare models. He knows Holdens like he knows the back of his hand, and he knows many other passionate Holden lovers like himself. Following his success with his book Legends of the 48-215 – an in-depth racing history of very first Holden model – and to mark the manufacture in Australia of the very last Holdens in 2017, he has gathered together dozens of fascinating stories about many of the models Holden have produced since 1948. Joel tells the whole story of Holden, from the saddlery set up by J. A. Holden in the 1850s, to Henry Holden’s car body-building of the 1910s, the sale of the company to General Motors, the determination to produce the all-Australian car, and the highlights of 69 years of manufacturing all-Australian vehicles. With contributions from dozens of Holden enthusiasts about their myriad cars plus hundreds of photographs, many never seen in print before, this is a Holden book like no other, a book from the heart that goes deep into the passion that Holden engenders.

    Joel Wakely left the family concern in 1958 to start his first business venture in the automotive industry: a new BP service station. It was here he got involved in a Holden racing team. After working for Bob Jane-T Mart for 7 years he started a 30-year career in the car rental industry with Avis Rent-a-Car Australia and later Dollar Rent-a-Car. After a short retirement, Joel’s passion for cars led him to start another new business: Avant-Garde Detailing, specialising in the restoration and detailing of prestige and unique vehicles. Now in his second retirement, Joel has turned to writing, beginning with Legends of the 48-215, a book centred on his personal involvement with many drivers of this early model and their unique cars


    Chapter 1                               Beginnings and the 48-215                                                   

    Chapter 2                               The Classic Era Begins                                                           

    Chapter 3                               The Model FJ (1953-1956)                                                   

    Chapter 4                               Old Holdens in Competition                                                

    Chapter 5                               Series FE–FC–FB                                                                      

    Chapter 6                               The Holden Hobby Person                                                   

    Chapter 7                               Series EK–EJ–EH                                                                       

    Chapter 8                               Series HD–HR–HK                                                                    

    Chapter 9                               Torana 1969-1980                                                                  

    Chapter 10                             Tribute to Peter Brock                                                           

    Chapter 11                             Series HK-HT–HG–HQ–HJ–HX–HZ                                     

    Chapter 12                             Holden Dealer Team, Holden Special Vehicles             

    Chapter 13                             Holden Commodore 1978-2017                                        

    Chapter 14                             Holden Monaro 2001-2004                                                 

    Chapter 15                             Special Concept Models                                                       

    Chapter 16                             GM Celebrates its 100th Anniversary: 1908–2008        

    Chapter 17                             Holden Beyond 2000                                                             

    • Celebrating Holden’s 69 year history of motoring and production in Australia
    • The book marks the last year of Holden cars being produced & manufactured (Oct 2017)
    • Features a diverse range of 48 different Holden models over the 69 year history
    • Full colour photos and illustrations, facts and info behind each model, personal Aussie car owners stories about their Holden cars, never published Holden car photos included
    • A collector’s edition and title for any Australian motoring buff and Holden lover. Over 500,000 Holden cars and car owners throughout Australia
    • The must-have gift for Christmas.
    • Featured & reviewed in The Australian newspaper
    • Australian Wheels magazine
    • Australian Motoring magazine

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