Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Holdens & Fords - Kiwi Obsessions
Ford — A Kiwi Obsession
Holden — A Kiwi Obsession
by Steve Holmes
Ford — A Kiwi Obsession . Bateman, RRP
Holden — A Kiwi Obsession Bateman, RRP
As the doors close forever
on Australian car manufacturing at the end of this year, car enthusiast Steve
Holmes decided to find out why Kiwis are so passionate about the iconic rivals,
Ford and Holden, before the final cars roll off the assembly lines.
– A Kiwi Obsession and Holden – A Kiwi Obsession celebrates
Ford and Holden motor vehicles, and the roles they have played in our lives.
— A Kiwi Obsession describes the history of the Ford Australia
motor company, from its early beginnings, its production of the Falcon model,
expansion into New Zealand, right through to the last Falcon to be produced.
This celebratory book is about the many distinct and varying roles Fords have
played in the lives of Kiwis, both historically and to this day. Whether as
simple family car or work transport, as enthusiast cars, collector and classic
cars, or for competition purposes, Fords have touched the lives of a great many
Kiwis. These are their stories.
Holden — A Kiwi Obsession describes the history of the Holden
motor company, from its early beginnings in Australia, to its expansion into
New Zealand. It features stories of several interesting Holdens and their proud
Kiwi owners, mixed with old photographs showing Holdens being used in everyday
life, Holden race cars, customised Holdens, as well as Holden car sales
brochures, old magazine features, and even Holden memorabilia.
Holmes is the go-to guy on anything car-related in this country. He is the
author of Kiwi Muscle Car Collections,
as well as many other motoring titles, including: Kiwi Bike Culture: Unique Motorbike Collections; The Kiwi Hot Rodder’s
Guide to Life; Petrolheads in Sheds; The Kiwi Ute Driver’s Guide to Life; Kiwi
Mustangs and Kiwi Speedway Culture.