Apparently, Holden is building something very special as part of a new Aftersales promotion called Project Monaro.

Paying homage to one of their modern classics, the V2 Monaro – Holden is embarking on a unique restoration of a 2004 VZ CV8. The best part is that when the car is completed, one of their lucky customers will win it.

Project Monaro is a real ‘money-can’t-buy’ kind of car – as close to a brand new CV8 as possible, only reimagined, refined and improved from the ground up using Holden Genuine, ACDelco and Chevrolet Performance Parts.

Teaming up with motorsport icon Craig Lowndes, Holden will also be demonstrating their ongoing commitment to Australia and New Zealand, by drawing on the wealth of talent within Holden as well as their dealer network. I am truly proud to continue my long-term association with the Holden brand,” said Lowndes. “Like many Australians, I grew up with the Monaro. It’s such a thrill to be working on such a special project with the team at Holden.”

The Port Melbourne based Design team (including some of the original V2 Monaro designers) have been tasked with contemporising the car both inside and out. Their engineering team, along with the help of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and some key build partners, are in charge of improving ‘the big 3’ performance characteristics of the Monaro – the go, stop and turn and bringing it to current day performance standards.

As part of the build of Project Monaro, Lowndes will take the audience behind-the-scenes in a series of entertaining mini-documentaries. From the concept development, through body, interior and mechanical restoration, culminating in the final shakedown of Project Monaro at Holden’s the top-secret Lang Lang Proving Ground with Lowndesy himself behind the wheel.

The car is not the only prize up for grabs as part of promotion. Second prize is Lowndesy’s Ultimate Holden Garage, the runner up will win everything they need to deck out their dream garage, from tools and workshop equipment to an incredible collection of Lowndes themed memorabilia.

Other monthly prizes include Red Bull Holden Racing Team merchandise vouchers.

How can you win? Holden is opening this promotion to both trade and retail customers in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re in the Automotive Trade, simply enter through your local Holden Trade Club website  – Then simply follow the prompts to enrol in the Project Monaro competition.

Then every $100 (ex GST) you spend on Holden Trade Club parts between July 1 and March 31, 2020 will automatically get you an entry into the competition. It’s that simple, the more you buy the greater the chances to win.

If you’re not a Holden Trade Club member or in the Automotive Trade. there  are other ways that you can still enter:

  • Spend $100 (+GST) on Holden Genuine or ACDelco parts through a Holden Dealer or
  • Spend $100 (+GST) in a Holden Dealer Service department or
  • Spend $100 (+GST) or more on an ACDelco battery – from either your Holden Dealer or from an authorized ACDelco Battery reseller.

Then to ensure you’re in the running, simply jump onto and submit your receipt.

Terms and Conditions apply – See Permit No: ACT: TP19/03389, NSW: LTPS/19/34851, SA: T19/820.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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