FIRST ON RACE DAY: Greg Olive has a love for Ford that runs in the family.
FIRST ON RACE DAY: Greg Olive has a love for Ford that runs in the family. Eliza Goetze

Ford v Holden: the revheads go head to head

"FIRST On Race Day, or Fastest On Race Day - take your pick," Greg Olive says.

"Holden people might have a different interpretation of that. To them we say, Heaps Of Loud Disgusting Engine Noise," the owner of G&T Auto Services told the NewsMail yesterday.

"There are probably a few ruder ones."

The great Australian rivalry between Holden and Ford, which can be traced back nearly a century - to the founding of Holden in 1918, joining Ford which began Australian production in 1908 - is alive and well in Bundaberg.

For Greg Olive, blue blood runs in the family.

"My dad used to be fairly famous racing cars back in Bundy years ago as a mechanic. He originally started off as a Holden man, but in '65 he bought a second hand XP Falcon. Since then it's been Ford all the way - we've never been back to the Holden side.

"The first car I bought was an XY GT Falcon, which I bought off my brother. He bought it off my sister, who bought it off my parents. We've nearly all owned it. My younger brother missed out, but it was sold to an apprentice of ours who still owns it to this day. It gets around Bundy - it's a black XY with gold stripes."

His Falcon Pursuit ute is the last Falcon brought out as a V8.

"It will be a shame for us Ford and Holden boys because there are no more Falcons produced in Australia after next year, and the Commodore will follow probably a year later. The rivalry might change from Commodores and Falcons to other brands, like the Mustangs and Camaros that are here now."

In the Holden camp, Eric Lucke's love affair began in earnest 25 years ago.

"I had a HK ute when I was younger and trashed it, then a brief spell with Land Rovers; then I found this HG Premier at Elliot Heads 25 years ago and I said, 'That's mine'," the president of the Bundaberg Early Car Club said. "I had to buy it for $3500."

It was champagne gold and he has lovingly restored it to a dark green with a white top. In his shed, filled with Holden and HSV posters, bar mats, models and clocks, is a car he has built using old Holden parts.

"Holdens are in your blood. They're made in Australia. They're a pleasure to drive - they're responsive, they ride like Rolls Royces."

PREMIER PASSION: President of Bundaberg Early Holden Club Eric Lucke loves Holdens.
PREMIER PASSION: President of Bundaberg Early Holden Club Eric Lucke loves Holdens. Eliza Goetze

But he says he's a fan of all cars. "I like Holdens to win - don't get me wrong. But I've always been mechanical and I see what other people put into their cars and appreciate what they do."

"Some of my best mates are Ford drivers," Mr Olive said. "We're rivals, but at the end of the day, we're all good friends, and car enthusiasts."

There are more Holden fans than Ford fans these days, he notes. "I'm not sure if that says anything - maybe they just haven't driven a Ford recently."



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