The old Holden that could….
An Australian designed and built car that has become an icon of Oz motoring, the EH Holden, has not only completed the recent Peking to Paris motor Challenge but managed to finish in the fastest overall time, and win the pre-1968 Classic category.
Piloted by Gerry Crown (at least outside China – he was considered too old at 78 to be given a Chinese license) and Matt Bryson, the “Golden Holden” covered more than 10,000 miles (14,500 km) to get to Paris an hour and three quarters before the next competitor.
There were other Australians and other Holdens taking part in this marathon, including Liz & Greg Newton in a 1952 Holden 48-215 FX.
Take a look at their achievements at http://www.peking2paris.com/.
There is a fully detailed list of all the modifications needed to prepare the FX for the really big adventure, and you can donate to The Fred Hollows Foundation at the same time.
I hope that the ABC will be screening a doco on this adventure, as they did for the 1997 trip. Congratulations to all who took part in this challenge.
Yours in design,