I learnt to drive in the family's 1964 Holden EH station
wagon, automatic with 179 cubic inch, straight six motor.
It virtually became my car once I got my drivers licence,
though I tended to ride my motorbike more than use the car.
Mum shopped in the Monaro (see below), and Dad commuted in a BHP company
Ford utility at the time.
The first car of my own was a white Nissan 300ZX, 3
litre V6 sports car purchased new in 1985. And still I mostly rode my
Honda CX500 motorbike!
It was 750 km from my flat in Elsternwick to my caravan
at Waikerie Gliding Club. A mate,
Mike Hoskings, had a black 300ZX and I can recall a number
of memorable drives as we sat nose to tail at 180 kph
speeding though country Victoria and South Australia as we
journeyed between Melbourne and Waikerie to go gliding.
I once tried to beat Mike's time for the trip. I took
just two hours to cover the 300 km from Waikerie to Ouyen.
That's an average of 150 kph! But then pulled up behind a
police car and had no choice but to follow it for the next
200 km. We do some crazy things when we're young!
Since the 300ZX, there has been a succession of Holden
Commodore cars (Executive/Calais/Statesman). All cars
are now converted to dual fuel as the money saved doing
50,000 km a year commuting to Melbourne more than justifies
the cost of the conversion.
Living in a rural situation makes it almost a necessity
to have a second car. For a while that was a 1973 Holden
HQ 1 tonne ute, with a Premier grill and interior, a 4.2
litre V8, and Supra 6-speed gearbox. But it had to go back
to its owner.
In 1994 I purchased a 1969 Ford XT Falcon 500 sedan as
a second car. I spent a lot of time and money giving it a
good going over and making it more suitable for my use as a
reliable second car. This included
fitting fitting power assisted, disk brakes on the front.
I was planning to have it for quite a while. But then I was given the Monaro.
The HQ Monaro GTS 4-door
Holden HQ Monaro GTS,
4-door, 253 V8, T-bar automatic
It was sold in December 2012. See here for more details.
From 1995 to December 2012, my second car was Chooky's
Hoon Machine, an extremely original 1973 Holden
HQ Monaro GTS, 253 V8, 4-door that had been in the family since
It started its life as a Holden executive's car at
the Elizabeth factory in Adelaide for the nine months before
my farther purchased it. Then it spent most of its life as mum's shopping
trolley in Whyalla and Sydney.
This car is so original that it has still got a Dunlop
Aquajet red wall tyre as the spare!
The Monaro has strong sentimental value for the Borrett
family, with most of my siblings having learnt to drive in
The Monaro was converted to dual fuel, i.e. LPG and
petrol. The bodywork and paint is now looking a bit tired,
but mechanically, it's as good as new!
Lloyd finds he doesn't fit into a Ferrari.
Portsea, mid 2000.
While on a Microsoft Drive Day in 2000 with June Billings, I
discovered that I didn't fit well into a Ferrari. My vision
was blocked by the top of the windshield no matter
what seating position I tried. I could either peek over the
top, or scrunch down to look through the windscreen. The
sight of me driving down the road with my head sticking up
prompted one of the others to take this picture.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013