The closure of Holden was a sad occasion. The reaction to it underlined Holden’s incredible success in creating generations of loyal Holden devotees creating a whole community of like-minded enthusiasts.
Leading up to the closure, on Sunday the 15th of October, thousands of those enthusiasts flocked to Elizabeth for the Holden Dream Cruise and Family Fun Day.
They lined the streets of the route of the Cruise and cheered the close to 1200 Holdens of every vintage and model that passed by.
It’s fair to say that the Cruise was a huge success. It achieved its goal of being a celebration of Holden, it’s workers and Holden owners.
The atmosphere amongst the people watching was terrific, lots of banter and laughs. However, hanging over the day was the shadow of the coming closure. Amongst the celebration was a tinge of sadness . . .
Later, many attended the Family Fun Day at the Elizabeth Oval, home of Central Districts footy club.
Just a few of the many Holdens cruising past the Holden plant.
A small section of the large crowd gathered on the cruise route.
Flying the flag.
There was a lot of Holden red on display.
A happy cruiser.
Arriving at Elizabeth Oval for the Family Fun Day.
BurnoutBand. These young guys rocked a small but very appreciative audience.
Part of the crowd enjoying a beautiful sunny day at Elizabeth Oval.
Back at the Holden plant, people were parking their cars on the lawns for photographs.