Saturday, May 17, 2014

HQ Racing Australia

The Holden HQ series is a range of automobiles that was produced by General Motors-Holden’s in Australia from 1971 to 1974. The HQ was released on 15 July 1971, replacing the Holden HG series.  It was the first ground-up redesign of the Holden line since its original release in 1948, and included an all new body, chassis, and suspension.  The HQ was later developed into a series of successor models, finally ending production after the WB series was discontinued in 1984. 

It may be easy to drive a fast car quickly, but driving a nearly standard HQ Kingswood, complete with 3.3 Litre 6 cylinder and 3-speed manual, now that’s a challenge!  The concept of racing HQ Holdens was “invented” in Tasmania and introduced to mainland Australia by the Sporting Car Club of SA, who promoted the first mainland race at Mallala in 1989. 

This category has redefined the term “close racing”, with racers driving 3 abreast into corners with amazing regularity.  The best part for would-be racers is that, in relative terms at least, racing an HQ Holden is an inexpensive way to enter into competitive motorsport.  After the initial purchase of the car, strict regulations ensure that maintenance and modification costs are kept to a minimum. With everyone using the same cars, there’s no shortage of advice for newcomers from experienced racers on how to tune cars and improve lap times (although not too much!). 

HQ Racing "door handle to door handle racing"



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