The club now known as the HSV Owners Club Of Victoria (Incorporating HDT) held its first meeting on the 25th of February 1986, at the Light Car Club in Albert Park, when a group of about sixty Brock owners got together to share their love of the factory backed performance Commodore, being built at the time by Peter Brock’s HDT.
The HDT Owners Club quickly grew and formed close ties with the HDT factory, with Peter as the inaugural club patron. This early group instigated many of the events still held today, with motorsport, show and shine and social events the focus. One of the first events organized by the 1986 club was the Nationals.
Unfortunately the Brock era was short lived. With the factory performance arm being replaced by HSV, the decision was made to open membership to HSV owners. This has lead to a similar relationship with the HSV factory, which continues to this day. The Club enjoys a strong link to HSV management, with new HSV model previews and other events providing an excellent forum to meet HSV executives and engineers and discuss the finer points of HSV development and design. Over the years the name of the Club has gradually changed to reflect HSV. Owners of Brock HDT vehicles are still very welcome by the Club and enjoy all of the same benefits.
Many club members have remained active throughout the history of the club. Two such members are Len and Jan Kennedy. The 1988 Sandown Concourse results list JK 039 – Len and Jan Kennedy, as the winners. Over twenty years later, JK 039 – Len and Jan’s VC Brock – is still winning trophies.
Over the years the club has conducted some excellent motorsport meetings. Club magazines from 1987 onwards promote the HDT Owners Club versus Ford Motor Sport Club meetings held at Calder. These early events were attended by Peter Brock and Allan Moffatt. Other early events also included the 1993 and 1994 24-hour events at Winton. The club came second in 1993 and won the 1994 event. We still conduct very successful meetings at all of the major circuits in Victoria, and still with the FPV/XR Ford Club.
Show and Shine events have also been high on the agenda. One of the first was at the Sandown 500, and the club continues to provide an outstanding display each year at the Sandown V8 Supercar event and the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. Other significant events have been staged, such as the concourse events at Como House in 1991 and the World Trade Centre in 1992 and 1993, and the 10th anniversary celebration at Sandown in 1996.
The club is no stranger to charity events either, with the Children’s Hospital day at Sandown in 2003, show and shine events in support of Very Special Kids, and our biggest charity event each year, the Good Friday Show in support of the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal at Southbank which attracts around sixty cars and raises thousands of dollars.
An even bigger undertaking is the staging of the Nationals. The club has conducted the Nationals in ’86, ’87, ’95, ‘98, 2001, 2005 and 2010. It is a tribute to club members that only one other Nationals has been staged, being the 1988 Nationals by the NSW club.
What now sets this club apart from other car clubs is that we are the official HSV Owners Club in Victoria. As we did all those years ago with HDT, we enjoy a close relationship with HSV today and promote their cars at every opportunity.
|1986 Dennis Turner||1997-1999 Alan Pullar||2012-13 Jill Cain|
|1986 Rodney Richards||1999-2001 Ian Anderson||2014 Christian Kelly|
|1987 Colin Fisher||2002 Alan Pullar||2015 - Carl Jones|
|1988-1990 Doug Pieper||2003-05 Russell McDougall|
|1991-96 Robert Innes||
2006-11 Colin Pocock
|Dennis Turner||Ian Grinter||Jill Cain|
|Rob Innes||Ian Anderson||Christian Kelly|
|Rodney Richards||David Geddes||Doug Kearney|
|Col Fisher||Len Kennedy||Michael Ballantyne|
|Doug Pieper||Graeme Monk|
|Rob Innes||Russell McDougall|
|Alan Pullar||Diane & Brian Thomas|
|Christine Van Roosmalen||Colin Pocock|
|Martin Hayden||Simone Green|
|George Kapelles||Ivan Bunney|