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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:56 PM

If it was indeed termed as Holden's own "super light racer"... I can't see how a full interior, full steel, radio road going vehicle is "light".

Super Luxury Racing - afaik they (LH/LX) never went rallying??

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 08:11 AM

This is the real story behind the SLR name.

My father worked at the GMH Woodville plant from 1967 until he retired early at age 55 in 1985. Dad being Spanish had many workmates from differing cultures.

He once told me the model code SLR was decided upon whilst he and his mates were having lunch one day. Apparently a guy named Sergio always ate Ravioli in his meal breaks, so they they took the S off Sergio's first name, the L came from Likes and finally the R from Ravioli.

I hope I have settled this argument once and for all :tease:

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:54 AM

Maybe you could shed some light on rht A9X then? :<_<:

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:22 AM

wasnt XU-1 xtra umph one

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:34 AM

SLR MEANS
S= SEXY
L= LITTLE
R= RACER

thats what i thought anyway

Hahha, but to the best of my knowledge the SL/R was never raced as such... They brought out the L34 and A9X for racing.... And although an A9X is an SL/R5000 I note the A9X boys only use A9X due possibly to the fact that SL/R relates to the poorer cousin...

Something here for the pedantic to chew and possibly choke on ;)


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Edited by Herne, 01 January 2008 - 10:35 AM.


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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:36 AM

mate of mine used to reckon it stood for Slow Lazy Racer :D

he was obviously or more than likely a proud FORD man lol

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:00 AM

SLR MEANS
S= SEXY
L= LITTLE
R= RACER

thats what i thought anyway

Hahha, but to the best of my knowledge the SL/R was never raced as such... They brought out the L34 and A9X for racing.... And although an A9X is an SL/R5000 I note the A9X boys only use A9X due possibly to the fact that SL/R relates to the poorer cousin...

Something here for the pedantic to chew and possibly choke on ;)


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The SL/R5000 most certainly was raced and rallied. Allan Grice debuted the SL/R5000 at Amaroo Pk in 1974 in a 'demonstration run' (remember watching it on telly). It was then 1st raced at Oran Pk. M-HDT debuted their SL/R5000 at Surfers Paridise the same year. Colin Bond rallied the SL/R5000, L34 and A9X 4-door in the '70's.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:31 AM

Crocko05 you are spot on with your info they did race and rally SLR s

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:05 PM

OK, I did mention pedantic, now lets try and clarify things...

I was talking racing, ie circuit racing...
Not rallying, speedway, drags or any other form of motor sports.

I am willing to be corrected here but the info I have read states Bond raced an L34....after the XU1.

Ask any L34 and A9X owner and they will only too proud to point out some of the many differences between the L34, A9X and an SLR5000.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:16 PM

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:38 PM

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that says BOND on the side.

BTW, he still won this race.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:41 PM

Ok, I concede that some were raced. Was this prior to the L34's being released?
Any info on how many races they actually competed in - lets exclude demo runs here eh :)

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:57 PM

Ok im going to throw a spanner in the works in the Australian competition yearbook 1974 they class that the first racing 4 door as an SLR 5000 with L 34 options to prove it hardie ferodo 1000 1974 john goss first with a falcon wayne negas second jim richards third bondy forth brocky 118 laps oil pump failure they were all driving SLR.in 1975 they were all L 34 thats what the year book states.sorry about the histoy lesson

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:01 PM

Thanks Gino. This is all very interesting stuff :) and that backs up what I read.

So can I ask this pertinent question, was an SL/R5000 ever raced (road raced) without the L34/A9X options?

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Edited by Herne, 02 January 2008 - 02:02 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:03 PM

As I said, the 'demo' run was on April 14th at Amaroo Pk.

The 1st competitive outing was 2 weeks later @ the 5th round of the ATCC at Oran Pk, qualified 4th behind Moffat, Brock and Morris (both in XU-1's), finished 14th (last).

The next meeting was May 19th at Surfers and Brock debuted M-HDT's SLR along with Grice. Brock started from pole and won the race. Grice qualified 4th and was running 4th until the engine threw a rod due to oil surge.

The final round of the ATCC was at AIR on June 9th. Again Brock took pole and had a flag-flag victory.

During this period both the M-HDT and Craven Mild cars competed in various non-championship events.

The L34's debuted in the 1974 ManChamp series at the 'Chesterfield 250' at AIR (can't find date, but I think Aug, as Sandown is Sept, Bathurst Oct, etc). The five round ManChamp was won by Holden (3 wins, a 4th and a 10th, all wins by Bond).

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:10 PM

Thanks Gino. This is all very interesting stuff :) and that backs up what I read.

So can I ask this pertinent question, was an SL/R5000 ever raced (road raced) without the L34/A9X options?

Herne

Yes. The SL/R5000's were stuck with the 'standard' L31 V8. GM-H did not allow Firth to use the already developed V8 out of the XU-1 V8 program. They also used the XU-1's 13" wheels to try and stop breakages in the driveline.

BTW all info from issue #15 AMC, page38.

Edited by crocko05, 02 January 2008 - 02:21 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:24 PM

They should have let harry loose who knows the 74 hardie ferodo could have been a torana win but thats holden.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:50 PM

Ah well, they got it the year after and the year after that. Then Ford and Moffat got their act together for'77.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:03 PM

Hey crocko05 i noticed you live in belmont me to only in w.a. thats wierd shit

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:08 PM

Music from 'Twilight Zone'........... B)

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:47 PM

Lets clear this up SL/R......

[SIZE=7][B]Sure Lets Race....

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:44 AM

I'm pretty certain HE called it a rifle but I don't know the difference as i'm not much into that sort of thing! i always thought guns are guns.

sorry to drag this up but just to clear it up a rifle has rifleing to make the bullet fly straight and a gun doesn't

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:18 PM

Sergio
Likes
Ravioli

is my favourite answer.

The L34 was circuit raced briefly during mid 74 but by Bathurst the L34 option was available.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:36 PM

when i was just a poor young digger, (not actually that long ago :-)
A rifle was a rifle (hand held), and guns had wheels, or a tripod.
Most guns (ships, tanks and artillery) actually have rifling in their barrels

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:03 PM

OK thanks sorry for the confusion re guns rifles etc. Dad explained the difference to me and i get it now.I am just not into guns i am more into cars. :D




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