Want to get people's attention in a LeMons paddock? Bring this car.

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It takes a lot of effort sometimes to get noticed in a 24 Hours of LeMons paddock. In addition to the scads of beat-up and clapped-out racecars, drivers tend to bring their show-offiest vehicles to the race even if they’re just driving. But sometimes, just the right car will stop everyone in their tracks to come take a peek. For one of the Aussies who were at Gingerman Raceway to race the #1 Firenerds V6 Pontiac Firebird, that meant bringing his 1963 Holden EH Special to the track.

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The owner bought it off a Kiwi who had imported it and, to his knowledge, it was one of two in North America with the other residing in Canada.
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This was an EH “Special,” which was the middle trim on the first-year EH.
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The  car was in terrific condition, though far from mint or show quality. But, hey, who cares? It’s the first Holden this writer and most LeMons racers had ever seen in person.
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This came with the same 149 cubic-inch straight six engine as the base (Standard) model. The 149and the top trim’s (Premier’s) 179 cubic-inch inline six were both native designs in Australia with zero parts commonality between any U.S. General Motors products.
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The owner (shown above) only hung around for a bit before heading back to his hooptie racecar, but the EH looked the part of an early ’60s competitor for the Ford Falcon, nearly the same car that was sold stateside at the time.
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The Holden EH Special was probably not much of a head-turner in its homeland, but it certainly turned heads and stopped several teams dead in their tracks to take a gander at it. who can blame them?
 
[All photos copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Eric Rood]

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15 responses to “Want to get people's attention in a LeMons paddock? Bring this car.”

  1. MVEilenstein Avatar
    MVEilenstein

    What a cool little car. Definitely looks like something to compete with the Falcon.

  2. jeepjeff Avatar
    jeepjeff

    I love that he's got a Holden Six in there. Warms me heart. I spent a decent bit of time paging through "Building the Hot Holden Six", which is a reasonably detailed hotrodding manual: http://www.oldjohnno.id.au/toc.html I stumbled across it looking for information on inline six specific issues with high redlines. There's a lot of general information in there too (with all the specific examples using the Holden six).

    1. nanoop Avatar
      nanoop

      Thanks for the link, I'll need to take my flu now so I can read all of it.

  3. PotbellyJoe © Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ©

    Similar to when a story about really crazy behavior and you automatically assume it happened in Florida. I knew this had to be a Michigander who would be truly car crazy enough to pull something like this. Damnit I love MI. There is just something in the water out there. And the rest of us get to enjoy the fruits of this guy's crazy/poor decision to buy a car that has no reliable parts availability.
    It needs a bumper sticker that says, "You're welcome, America."
    /rant of a crazy person

  4. mdharrell Avatar

    "…drivers tend to bring their show-offiest vehicles to the race even if they’re just driving."
    <img src="http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LWA13/068-UG-Pacific_Northworst_24_Hours_of_LeMons.jpg&quot; width="500">
    Of course we do. That's how we haul the rest of our fuel jugs for the race.

    1. PotbellyJoe © Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ©

      Best interior in the worst car? Possibly.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        [youtube F5zs6TU32pY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5zs6TU32pY youtube]
        Talking. Digital. Dash.

  5. buzzboy7 Avatar
    buzzboy7

    Guy who races at CMP has a "Pontiac Crewman." Left hand drive, 6 speed, V8. Hnnnnggggg

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Left-hand drive? Is that right?

      1. buzzboy7 Avatar
        buzzboy7

        I'm not sure how. It looks like a US spec GTO interior. I've never gotten to talk to him about it as one of us always seems to be wrenching or driving.
        It's owned by Smokey Unit with the TDI swapped Fiat Spider.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Please let me know if you find out the story.

  6. steex Avatar
    steex

    Point: I have totally driven a Holden.
    Counterpoint: It was a 2010 Holden Cruze.
    Verdict: Not cool.

  7. Rover_1 Avatar
    Rover_1

    Those nifty 'General Motors' hubcaps are off a (much) later '74 -ish HQ model Holden Statesman
    <img src="http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/gregwapling/hot-rods-down-under/car-spotters-guide/holden/hq-holden/hq-holden-statesman001.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    The latest iteration of which some of the US may be familiar with.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/2011_Chevrolet_Caprice_PPV_–_12-06-2010_front.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    The stock hubcaps are similar, but with more prominence given to the Holden lion (a well known local animal)
    <img src="http://www.boostnetwork.com/database/readersrides/files/post-210034-129515283256287494.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    <img src="http://gallery.oldholden.com/d/409999-4/EJ+hupcap.jpg"width="600"&gt;

  8. Fuhrman16 Avatar
    Fuhrman16

    So that's what it was! I only caught a glimpse of it from where I was, and thought it was a old Valiant or something.

    1. spotty Avatar
      spotty

      nah, the EH and Falcon mopar based competition was the S Series (1962) and the AP5 (1963) both of which had the 225 slant 6 and both of which would cream the holden/ford and both of which looked far more innovative and appealing then their aussie based competitors. both the ford and holden were also cramped, slow and under equipped compared to the valiants
      they didn't however outsell the ford or holden because aussies are a parochial lot and will buy any old piece of shit as long as someone calls it an aussie car, Chrysler, to its credit, never played up that angle