Australian icon Holden grinds to a halt

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KEITH Kingsley was one of the first people in Bendigo to cruise down the streets in a Holden car.

Keith's son Rick said his 85-year-old father was a workshop foreman and was the first person in the city to test drive the Holden FX.

Rick, an avid fan of Holden, said he was in shock when news broke of Holden’s decision to stop producing vehicles in Australia by 2017.

“Holden is an iconic Australian brand and it is disappointing to see what has happened,” he said.

“It is sad to see it come to an end.”

Rick, a motor mechanic, said he grew up around Holden cars.

He has a metallic blue Holden FJ and a black Holden FX. 

Rick said over time he restored both cars to their former glory.

Rick is also a member of the Bendigo Sandhurst Holden Club.

He said members of the club were in disbelief as to what had happened to the manufacturing company.  

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