Dream Parade to pay homage to Holden heritage ahead of factory closure
16 Aug 2017
By RON HAMMERTON
GM HOLDEN will bring the curtain down on almost 70 years of Australian car manufacturing with a celebration of its products down the years in a street parade through the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth – home to Holden car production for much of the company’s history.
Rather than simply allow its manufacturing heritage to fade to black, Holden has asked enthusiasts, employees and customers to register Holden cars for the parade on Sunday October 15 – just five days before the last Commodore rolls from the production line.
Dubbed the Holden Dream Cruise, the parade is modelled on Detroit’s biennial Woodward Dream Cruise which showcases classic cars. Memorably, the Woodward event once featured Holden’s FJ-inspired Efijy concept car driven by its Australian designer, Richard Ferlazzo.
Like the Detroit parade, Holden is hoping for thousands of car fans from across Australia to line the route to pay homage to some of the nation’s most iconic cars.
The Holden parade will start in central Elizabeth – a suburb built around the Holden factory in the 1950s – and wend its way on a 10km route past the Holden plant to end at home ground of the Central District Football Club in Elizabeth South.
Symbolically, the parade will be led by the first and last models to wear Holden badges – a 1948 48/215 and a 2017 VFII Commodore.
Following the parade, the cars will compete in a show ‘n’ shine competition as part of a family fun day at the oval.
Holden manufacturing executive director Richard Phillips said the Holden Dream Cruise would not just be for owners of classic Holdens, but also regular Holden owners.
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