Still Rockin

2 Nov

Old and new can co-exist. On Monday, we took our newborn
son for a drive in the HR to visit the in-laws at Balliang. The 45
year old HR looked after the 8 day old (and the rest of us,
including Rosie the dog) on the hour and a half trip. On Tuesday,
my neighbor asked for help jump-starting his car. Flat battery. The
45 year old HR got the 1 year old fancy Nissan going again. So, the
old and new can co-exist. In fact, they should co-exist. Life is
better with an interesting mix of old and new.

Still Rockin

2 Jul

Just a quick note to say the HR Holden is still rockin.

Its been a long while between posts.

Life in the city has taken over of late.

But the HR continues to be the family car. Whilst she doesnt like the city as much as the open road, she is still going strong.

Hasnt been doing as many miles of late. But still this week its been to Geelong and back, and now we are down at the Breamlea Beach house for the weekend.

Have seen a couple of nice HRs cruising round the big smoke, so good to see a few friendly fenders!

How I nearly blew myself up

16 Jan

A couple of days after Christmas, I came close to blowing myself – and the HR – up.

With the bub now 6 months old, I decided it was time to turn her car seat around, so she can face forward.

Reasonably straightforward, except that the HR being pre-seatbelts, is also well and truly pre-child restraint points.

When I first put it in, dad and I drilled a hole in the centre of the chassis. A little bit tricky but job done no worries.

With the shift to front facing, I decided to put the seat on the side. The passenger side was preferable, but there was no space near the chassis due to the fuel tank.

That’s right, the chassis rail I needed to use sits right above the fuel tank. I bet you can guess where this story is going now!

I found a spot on the drivers side where I could get a bolt through the chassis with plenty of clearance from the fuel tank.

And then, I got the drill!

Drilled through the top of the chassis rail fine and then slowed it down for the bottom. Unfortunately I slowed it down too much and the drill bit got stuck.

Up until now I was being very aware of drilling over a fuel tank.

When the drill got stuck however, caveman mentality kicked in. ‘the drill is stuck – ergo if I drill harder and faster it will drill the hole’.

So a few more revs and a lot more force and before you know it I was through. Great.

Then I looked at my handiwork and saw a large hole in the top side of the fuel tank. Shit.

How am I gonna fix this? How am I gonna tell my wife (who owns the HR)?

I worked up the courage and went inside and sheepishly told my wife what had happened.

It wasn’t until I googled ‘petrol tank repairs’ that I realized how close I had come to blowing myself up. Several of the top 10 results were stories of people blowing themselves up whilst working on petrol tanks.

Then I got really worried. A full fuel tank and a hot, high friction drill. And a stupid guy!

I was lucky though. Took me a while to stop thinking about ‘what if’ and ‘what a fool I’d been’.

Thankfully google also showed you could buy a petrol tank repair kit at Supercheap Auto, so I borrowed a neighbors car, went straight there, bought the kit, got my neighbour to help with the repair job, and had it all fixed within 2 hours.

But overall, it was a close call. One that could have blown me – and the HR – up!

A Big Year for the HR

27 Dec

What a big year 2010 has been for the HR Holden.

Up until June, we had two cars. The HR was used for local trips and the occassional trip to the city. Other than that it spent most of its life in the garage.

Then, I finished work in early June to enjoy a well-earned break and the birth of our baby. When I finished work, I had to return my work car!

The HR Holden


So, from June to December, we have been a one car family.

A 1966 HR Holden family!

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Its a Reggae HR

9 Nov

So, another music video featuring a HR Holden.

This time from Kiwi reggae band, The Black Seeds.

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Three HRs in One Day

8 Nov

Its been a slow month. Not much action on the HR front, apart from plenty of driving. Almost too much driving, because sometimes, even driving in the HR becomes a pain. Not often though!

Anyway, for almost 6 months now I’ve been on the lookout for other HRs.

Not to buy, but just to see, driving around.

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Slow Driving

5 Oct

I used to always drive at – or a km or two (or more) above – the speed limit. If the speed limit was 80, I’d do 85. 100, then 105, maybe 110 in the old days. Driving was merely the way to get from A to B in the fastest way possible.

The HR Holden, on the other hand, is the perfect cruising machine. It almost forces you to drive a bit slower. It is, afterall, 44 years old! Continue reading

The HR Holden Takes on a Bugatti Veyron

8 Sep

So, how does a 1966 HR Holden match it with a 2010 Bugatti Veyron?

I decided to do a comparison following the recent exploits of James May (of  Top Gear fame) – aka Captain Slow – in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Continue reading

At last, a clean HR

8 Sep

I grew up with the weekly job of helping Dad wash his car(s). Every Saturday morning, regardless of how clean or dirty they were, the cars came out of the shed for a wash. Dad still washes his cars religiously to this day, and they are always spotless.

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29 Aug

The HR Badge

Sometimes it’s hard to be special. Today, more than 280,000 new blog posts have been pressed on WordPress by more than 290,000 bloggers. That’s a lot of posts and a lot of blogs.

In 1966, the HR Holden was released. It was a new model from General Motor’s US designers, and aimed to improve the somewhat unpopular HD shape which apparently had been unpopular with the Australian public. With features like vertical tail lights, a sharper nose, a reworked roofline – and moving the front parking lights from under the bumper to become integral with the grille, the HR surged in popularity in the late 60’s (source:

The classic HR front grille

More than 250,000 HR Holdens were built from 1966 – 1968. That’s a lot of Holdens. Eight models were released, including the Standard, the Special and the Premier, with all released as either Sedan or Station Wagon, along with a Panel Van and Utility.

Today, blogs are a ‘dime a dozen’. Anyone can start a blog about anything, anytime, anywhere. Heck, even me! 

HR Holdens on the other hand, are not as common as they were 40 years ago. I’m hoping to track down official figures as to just how many HR’s are still on the road, but I reckon it is down to 1% of the 250,000 built. That means 2,500 HRs (maybe less) still in existence.

Whilst they arent threatened with extinction yet, or for some time (thanks to the love of the HR enthusiasts), I reckon they are special.