How Murph will make his mark at Fieldays this year
Two vehicles with important connections to Kiwi racing hero Greg Murphy will be front and centre on Holden's stand at this year's Fieldays (June 14-17 at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton).
Taking a hero position will the Commodore Magnum ute, the first to land in New Zealand from the final run of limited edition models from the VF Commodore ute production line.
"This is number one of only 51 of the limited edition ute coming into the country, so we're incredibly proud to have this on display," says Marnie Samphier, general manager of marketing for Holden NZ.
There are 51 for NZ as an homage to Murphy's racing number.
The SS-V Redline ute based Magnum adds track-focused driving technology to the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
"The ute goes down in folklore as an iconic vehicle, largely unique to NZ and Australia... it's fitting the last and arguably best ever example of this ute makes its farewell at Fieldays."
A second car on display also shares a link with the famous number 51.
"When people think of Greg Murphy, they almost certainly associate him with Bathurst, his record breaking 'lap of the gods' and the fact he's a four-time champion at Mount Panorama," says Samphier.
"However, there's no better way to personalise the transition that Holden is taking as a brand than to compare that alongside what Greg is doing himself in terms of motorsport.
"He's moved from V8 Supercars and is embracing the new opportunity courtesy of his Holden Barina, which he's driving in the NZ Rally Championship. His rally car will be on display as part of our Fieldays presence, it looks absolutely stunning and quite simply has to be seen in the flesh to be appreciated."
Also making its debut is a special Fieldays Colorado. The Blackout carries more than $11,000 worth of accessories: front and rear flare guards, an extended sports bar, sport guard liner, steel side steps, 18-inch rims and tyres, LED light bar and a nudge bar. It's only available throughout May and June.
The Colorado Blackout is based on the LS 4x2 manual model.
The Holden Astra sedan will also make its first NZ appearance at Fieldays.