This Holden 48-215 (FX) has been built to tackle the 2013 Historic Monte Carlo rally, re-enacting the 60th anniversary of the first Holden used in international motorsport, and to date the only ever Australian entry in the Monte Carlo Rally.
In 1953 the Australian team of Tony Gaze, Lex Davison and Stan Jones shipped the 48-215 to Europe to take part in the famous event. It was a vastly different challenge back then as compared to the special stages of today; participants started in a wide range of cities all over Europe, and navigated to the single finish line in Casino Square, Monte Carlo.
This isn’t the actual car that raced in Europe in 1953, rather it is an exact replica built by a team led by Gary Poole. It will be driven in Monte Carlo in January 2013 by project leader Gary Poole, Richard Davison (original team member Lex’s son) and Craig Lowndes. “I was delighted when I was asked to be part of this project… it’s one of those fun things you do, and I think it’s important to recognise such an historic occassion. I’ve never driven a Holden FX so that’s going to be a challenge, especially on snow!” said Lowndes.
It’s exact down to every last detail. The original car was beige and was hurriedly re-painted green, so Poole’s team went to the effort to make sure the door jambs and engine bay were beige, just like the original.
The only conscessions to modernity are a pair of Willans harnesses, no doubt to stop the driver from sliding into the co-driver around bends. It is even fitted with an original rally computer and trusty map light.
Any Given Reason will be watching the Historic Monte Carlo Rally keenly, and will make sure to post an update of how the car went, some sixty years later.
– A huge thanks to Luke Jaksa from City HSV for showing me around the car.