CRAIG FLAVEL is without doubt one of the happiest blokes in Australia. He was the lucky man plucked at random as the winner of our giveaway HQ GTS tribute, lovingly built by the one-and-only Gary O’Brien and his crew at Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars in Victoria.
We dubbed it black beauty during the build process and we had the pleasure of personally delivering a quietly-spoken Craig to – at last – pick up the newest addition to his dearly beloved Holden muscle car stable.
“I’m absolutely chuffed,” Craig says. “I’ve won a meat tray in a raffle, but nothing like this before. I thought someone had set me up when Phil rang, then realised I hadn’t told anyone I’d entered. I just entered for a bit of fun. After a few moments it sunk in that I’d won.”
“My dad was a mechanic and since I was five, I’ve been in a garage working on engines and cars in general. He was a Valiant man, I grew to like Holdens, but that said, I’ve always wanted a really nice XA or XB GT. But we’ll skip over that bit. I’ve got a Clubsport and LX SS in the garage at home and they’re both loved equally.”
“I had an SS hatchback five-litre when I was about 23 years old, built in the engine in that with plenty more horsepower than it was meant to have.
“I actually peeped into Gary’s workshop a little while back and when I saw it then I thought it was amazing the work he’d done, especially underneath. I couldn’t wait to see it on the big day and it was a beautiful drive home on the back roads.”