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#1 sloper35

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:16 PM

Today I had the opportunity to go to Holdens relaunch of the Hurricane.
Looks great, even better than the first time in 1969.
Pic below shows the Holden MD Mike Devereux MD (on left) and Rick Martin Technical Packaging Engineer (now retired from Holden) during the launch.
Here is a couple of Hurricane links.



http://www.facebook....30024897&type=3

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:20 PM

you lucky devil,norm

that car was light years before its time,what a great machine.

thanks for the link.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:22 PM

The Hurricane will be at Motorclassica Concours d'Elegance at Melbourne's Exhibition buildings this weekend (21-23 October)

http://www.gtr-x.net/

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:13 PM

Wow thats unreal! What an amazing machine for its time! Love it.

The restoration is also a massive credit to guys responsible.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:29 PM

So glad to see this stuff being saved and restored.When you look at the Hurricane and even more so the GTR-X which was so close to being a production model its amazing history. Imagine how much more advanced future models would have been had GMH held its nerve and produced the GTR-X. That Hurricane looks bloody fantastic.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:52 AM

I reckon if they stuck a V6 in it or a chev and produced it, they would still sell like hotcakes. They are both great looking cars!!

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:02 AM

Yeah I love it too. Not out of place in todays society.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:30 PM

Waaaaay ahead of it's time.
Hope you had a great day Norm, it would have been great to be there.
And the boys must have been stoked getting paid to go to work and restore that beast!!!

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:42 PM

Hey All

Just thought i would share the pics i took of the Hurricane Unveil

Sorry for pic quality - Taken from a phone.

But for the folks that appreciate this kind of stuff - hope fully you can see past the pic quality

The MD Mike D introduced the car. They showed a 7 min video showing build pics and Holden archived images of the Hurricane at the PG (Proving ground)

They then drove her in fully restored after a 6 year restoration.

I got to say - Probably best sounding 253 I’ve heard - It was cool...

Just thought I’d share

Cheers Chriso

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:38 PM

Two toranas and the Hurricane - that'll give you the horn!!!

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:11 PM

great pics chriso,

that would have been eye candy,yummo.

what did the ve monaro look like in the flesh,or what ever they called it.

cheers craig.

Edited by 73BATHXU1HTBATH350, 21 October 2011 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:34 PM

Hey craig

Looks great - Holden name it 'Coupe 60'

It was done as a GM 100 year anniversary / Holden 60th anniversary concept.

To me it is far more impressive than Camaro.

The Unveil had a great feel - and focus on holden's concepts.

Its surreal to see in the flesh on a daily basis when going to work.

Awsome

Admin - thanks for aligning the posts

Cheers Chriso

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 09:34 PM

I've said from day 1 they should have done a VE coupe

I like it

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 03:09 AM

That Coupe 60 is still one of the nicest latest designed coupes that I have seen. Not a fan of late model cars but that its quite aggressive and I like the pillar-less doors. The late Monaro didn't do it for me but that works, such a shame GMH doesn't have the guts to build it.

Don't like the TT36 but that GTR-X would have been one hell of a sweet car. I still think it would have sold a lot more than the GMH penny pinchers thought it would have. Why the hell would you buy an lousy import if GMH was selling that GTR-X with its hot six. Even the cabin was damm sweet. I can't believe they got that close the brochures went out but stupidly they didn't put it into production.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:14 PM

That Coupe 60 is still one of the nicest latest designed coupes that I have seen. Not a fan of late model cars but that its quite aggressive and I like the pillar-less doors. The late Monaro didn't do it for me but that works, such a shame GMH doesn't have the guts to build it.

Don't like the TT36 but that GTR-X would have been one hell of a sweet car. I still think it would have sold a lot more than the GMH penny pinchers thought it would have. Why the hell would you buy an lousy import if GMH was selling that GTR-X with its hot six. Even the cabin was damm sweet. I can't believe they got that close the brochures went out but stupidly they didn't put it into production.

weren't there 3 made for pre production?
holden has one and one is at birwood adel if recollection serves
there is a tread on the other here....somewhere
yep shame it didn't get built and holden admit it might have sold and should have made it .... in Private of course :)

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:32 PM

holden has one and one is at birwood adel if recollection serves


The car that was at Birdwood is the same car that is at Port Melbourne.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 01:19 PM

they should a glimpse of the hurricane on channel 9 this morning, they did a cross there to do the weather, i couldnt believe it when i seen it

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 01:41 PM

Looks Awesome Norm, sad they never went ahead with it , I bet Batman ordered one from Holden in Black in 1969

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:55 PM

I believe only one was made and a few clay models.

There is a clay model at Holden design.

Holden used it to match the paint for the restoration

The hurricane was on display at a few places even Echuca.

Rumor has it it was donated to a T.A.F.E. for students to practice painting on.
I can't confirm this my self but i did find a pic of it in silver ?

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:24 PM

chriso,

you get to see this stuff daily when going to work?

you are one lucky frocker.

the coupe 60 is a mean looking street car ,for a late model.

the hurricane really gets my imagination going,its way out there,man going to the moon stuff.

cheers

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:42 AM

the hurricane really gets my imagination going, it's way out there, man going to the moon stuff.


You probably don't realise how close you are with that statement.

Man was on the moon in 1969 and coincidentally Ferrari had this car back in 69, the 512S from the Pininfarina design studio

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There are also a few other Italian designs very similar to either GTR-X or the Hurricane from Alfa Romeo, De Tomaso and Lancia.

If you like this style of car, more here:

http://www.carcoller...ian-car-design/

The GTB also has a very similar profile:

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Edited by StephenSLR, 23 October 2011 - 05:53 AM.


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Posted 23 October 2011 - 07:17 AM

thanks stephen for the link,i chose these,they are out there.



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Posted 23 October 2011 - 11:29 AM

thanks stephen for the link, i chose these, they are out there.


It really is sad that era of cars will never be repeated and we didn't actually get to see some of them on our roads.

Not everyone's cup of tea but still ....

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:20 PM

sounds good

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 08:01 PM

Hey all

Check out the resto pics at Holden media site

http://media.gm.com/...HoldenHurricane

Cheers chriso




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