Holden lovers prepare for farewell drive

OVER 1000 Australian-made Holden vehicles will congregate in Elizabeth on Sunday to officially farewell the manufacturer, ahead of its local plant’s closure next Friday.

The Holden Dream Cruise will be a giant street parade, led by the first and last cars built in Australia by Holden – a 1948 48/215 and a 2017 VF Commodore – which will start at Elizabeth City Centre at 9am, travel 11km and finish at Central District Football Club’s home ground, My Money House Oval.

Holden spokesperson Megan Lloyd said the company has been overwhelmed by the response for the cruise, and looks forward to seeing so many unique cars participating in the ultimate lap of honour.

“It’s been really amazing to see how enthusiastic everyone is to show off their Holden pride and joy, and how far they’re prepared to travel to be part of this amazing spectacle,” she said.

“This massive parade, followed by a huge family fun day, is our way of celebrating and saying ‘thank you’ to the Australian public and our Holden team for their many years of ongoing loyalty and support.

“The personal stories of so many of the drivers in the dream cruise have been amazing to hear – cars passed down through generations in families, cars restored as tributes to parents, people’s original first cars – the passion among these Holden owners is just amazing.”

Some of the iconic vehicles participating include FJs, EHs, HRs, Kingswoods, Commodores, Toranas, Monaros and Sandmans.

Once the cruise is complete, 100 of the best cars will compete in a show and shine event, as part of a wider family fun day.

The fun day, starting at 11am will also include the unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is the first electric vehicle by General Motors that can travel 383km before recharging; a full live entertainment program; and the sale of three limited edition Holden Commodores, with proceeds to be donated to The Smith Family and the Lighthouse Foundation.


Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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