This fifth Holden book by Don Loffler is a new initiative. It extends beyond the first two Holden series, the 48-215 'FX' and the FJ, and comprises a chapter on each of the first 10 Holden series, finishing with the 1966 HR.
It is amazing that, although Don has already published over 1500 different photographs of FX and FJ Holdens in his first four books, he has tracked down another 100 new images for this book and, in addition, 300 photographs covering the FE to HR chapters. All images are from the era in which the cars were in their heyday.
While the search and research for the images has involved considerable time and expense, the process has brought the handsome rewards of many new friendships and useful contacts for future books. As a result, his plans for a sixth book are well underway. This time, the book will feature photographs of rare and usual examples of the first 10 Holden series, with most of the vehicles being superbly restored, often from shocking wrecks.
About the Author
Don Loffler, much to the surprise of many, is not the son of a Holden dealer. He has never been a Holden factory employee, nor has he ever worked in the motor trade. He is a former German, Latin and Chemistry teacher, who in his retirement has the luxury of writing books on his lifetime interest in early model Holden cars, their history and the social setting into which they arrived.
Born in Kapunda, South Australia, he gained an Arts degree and two Education diplomas from the University of Adelaide. His late wife, also a graduate with similar degrees from the same university, was his inspiration in the initial years of his book writing, and the tradition is now maintained by his adult son Michael and daughter Helen.
Don has five new books in various stages of development, involving him in frequent Australia-wide travel and research. 'If that's retirement,' he says, 'I can't get enough of it!'
'Don Loffler has now written five outstanding books on Australia's Own Holden. Unlike many motoring enthusiasts, Loffler's interest in the cars comprises a deeper interest in Australian social and cultural history. For the first time, he looks at models made between 1956 and 1967 and explains why photos of the early cars still predominate. If Holden Days was all in pictures with brief captions, it would still be a book to cherish, but Don Loffler uses individual memories to create a rich social history of Australia from 1948 right through until now as Holden owners relive their stories.' John M. Wright.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 9th December 2013
Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 1.36
Edition Number: 1