Greymouth’s 60 years of Holden Display

Got our latest fix of petrol head heaven at the weekend with the 60 years of Holden display in Greymouth.

60 years holden car display

holden kingswood

Have to say I’m a bit of a sucker for the older style cars rather than the new and I have to ask the question – will people be going to the displays in 50 years time and drooling over the 2000 models as we do over the 50s, 60s and 70s models.

holden 63

63 holden

Stephen seems to think they will as there were quite a few people milling around the current models but for me it was all about the oldies.  They just seem to have more character and more class too.  Of course that is just my personal opinion.

holden car display

holden utes

There was something here for everyone really.  We’ve just focused on the older beauties, finishing with my favourite.

holden station wagon

I like to call her my “Thelma and Louise” car – not that she is anything like from the movie but she makes me feel like I could get in and drive off on an adventure of a lifetime – I’m sure she has a story or two to tell, and her story telling isn’t over just yet!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many things there are to see and do.  Follow their blog or check out the Tourism West Coast website for more ideas.



About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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14 Responses to Greymouth’s 60 years of Holden Display

  1. Jane says:

    I love these old cars too. They were made to last and the other good thing about them is that owners could easily do a lot of their own maintenance. Not like the modern ones that have computers in them and are more complicated to replace. They had a sense of style back then which the modern cars have lost I think. I must admit I am thankful for the air conditioning in our cars today though and the fuel efficiency. My first car was a 1965 red mini with a push button floor start and tilt out windows. I wasn’t such a good driver back then which is why I can attest that minis were hard to roll… 🙂

  2. Pam says:

    Yes, Jan and Jane, definitely in with the old as far as I’m concerned. This blog takes me right back to that special V8 burble sound. I do shudder to think that seatbelts were still a novelty though but all that shiny chrome…wow.

    • coastingnz says:

      Funny thing is Pam there were probably less deaths on our roads back then even with no seatbelts. We didn’t drive as fast as now and what we did drive was so much more sturdy. Enough of the morbid stuff though – think of that shiny chrome….. ah yes…… LOL

  3. bulldog says:

    Yes I love the old cars… they were built to last and in a way had something more special about them than those we have today… that front seat where your loved one could cuddle up close, and that back seat where… you could stack a pack of kids… 4 or 5 next to each other… I loved the old cars… had a Zephyr that could go like the wind, and now have a Mazda that can go like the wind, but the Zephyr sat on the road as though it owned it…

  4. Face it, us oldies have a lot of class. lol –Curt

  5. Fergus Gold Post says:

    beautiful cars!

  6. suzjones says:

    We participated in a HQ Holden Run a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing the number of old Holdens that are out there. We have a ’78 HZ that we call “Anna”. 🙂
    Great shots of the cars. Love them all.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Suz – that would have been an amazing trip. We gets quite a few different car rallies traveling through our area – great route to take. Love the sound of “Anna”!

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