The 50th Anniversary HDT Archives Collection has been unveiled – a 10kg compendium, an encyclopaedia of HDT paperwork, stories and history from the iconic brand which was once the 5th largest car manufacturer in Australia.
Just one year after debuting in 1968 with six HK 327 Monaro’s, the Holden Dealer Team took out first, third and sixth position in the 1969 Bathurst under directorship of Harry Firth. With a young Peter Brock behind the wheel, HDT celebrated many years of racing success and became the first team ever to win three “back to back” Bathurst 1000 races. After purchasing Holden Dealer Team Brock started building road cars under the HDT Special Vehicles banner.
After a captivating and controversial journey this iconic brand has announced a limited release of the HDT Archives Collection – a 350+ page, 10kg coffee table size compendium sure to be the ultimate collector’s item for all HDT and automotive enthusiasts.
The compilation provides a unique glimpse into the early years of HDT as a Rally and Rallycross team through to the legendary days of Peter Brock and HDT Special Vehicles. It shares insights, amazing imagery and confidential paperwork from the early racing days to the all-conquering Bathurst victories. With input from HDT’s current management, the collection also captures HDT today and its future ahead.
“It’s the perfect time to release this information and reveal both the well-known and unknown stories to HDT enthusiasts out there. This release coincides with our 50th anniversary and a very special time in which the World’s largest collection of Peter Brock cars is being made available at auction. It’s the perfect time for enthusiasts to become part of history as we look to revive manufacturing again in Australia.” said Peter Champion – owner of HDT.
The Archives Collection features rare photographs, personal letters from past employees including Peter Lewis Williams, Peter Janson, Joe Felice, John Crennan, Colin Bond, John Harvey, Ian Tate, Allan Moffat, Graeme (Mort) Brown, Craig Fletcher, Greg Chambers, David Whitehead and lift-out memorabilia featuring tribute car badges, confidential internal paperwork, vehicle brochures, and the Bathurst 1969 Hardie Ferodo 500 replica trophy won by Colin Bond and Tony Roberts.
For a very limited time, people can send in a photo with their order to be included in the pages of this collectable. “The Fans Album allows all HDT enthusiasts to become part of the history in this special 50th anniversary edition Archive. We really wanted to incorporate this aspect to bring the HDT family together for everyone to enjoy.” said Mr. Champion.
The HDT Archives Collection is highly anticipated by HDT enthusiasts, featuring rare photographs, personal letters from HDT employees, lift-out memorabilia and car badges. The Collection is currently available to order, with a special pre-release offer for enthusiasts to be included ending on 25th of August. The book is set to be printed and released towards the end of October 2018.
Order online at hdt.com.au
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