End of an era as Holden brand to disappear, Upper Hunter Motoring Association members farewell an Australian icon

END OF AN ERA: Aberdeen car enthusiast Wayne Murphy with his beloved 1966 Holden HR Premier.
END OF AN ERA: Aberdeen car enthusiast Wayne Murphy with his beloved 1966 Holden HR Premier.

WHEN news broke that the iconic 72-year-old Holden brand is set to be axed in Australia, Upper Hunter motoring enthusiasts were left shocked and saddened.

The announcement was confirmed early this week that US car giant General Motors would discontinue the famous brand by 2021.

It comes less than three years after Holden ended its Australian manufacturing operations.

Aberdeen's Wayne Murphy has been an admirer of the legendary car for years.

"When you go back to my day, you were either in the Holden camp or the Ford camp," Mr Murphy said.

Mr Murphy's passion for Holdens can be traced back generations.

"When I grew up, my grandfather on the dairy farm had a Holden," he said.

"My father had Holdens all his life and my uncles had Holdens.

"So by the time I got to have a drivers licence, the choice was obvious - it had to be a Holden."

Back in the day the 'it' car was the Holden EH, Mr Murphy says.

"The Holden HR was also brilliant because they came out with the bigger motors," he added.

"Then you followed through to the more modern years when you had the Torana and the Commodore - all brilliant cars."

Mr Murphy, who is a member of the Upper Hunter Motoring Association, said he was saddened by the news the brand would discontinue.

"I think we all knew it was coming but it's a sad time because so many of us have had Holdens all our lives," he said.

"It looks like now it will be all imported cars - but that's the times."

However, Mr Murphy said he was confident that the Holden memory would live on.

"If you look at my car, it's 50 years old and they're getting more and more popular," he said.

"I have absolutely no doubt that the Commodores, when they reach the 30 year mark, their prices will go through the roof."

Fellow Upper Hunter Motoring Association member, Colin McLean, was also saddened by the loss of the iconic Australian brand.

He said of the association's 100 conditional club registration vehicles, classic Holdens are well represented with 30 examples.

"The demise of the motoring industry is sad because we had such a unique Australian product," he said.

However, Mr McLean also remained optimistic that the brand's legacy would live on.

"There are a lot of passionate Holden people out there," he said.

"I think the cars will go up in value.

"The enthusiasts will keep the name going."

See photos of Upper Hunter Motoring Association club member's Holden cars below: