I've always been a fan of the Holden family of cars. My earliest memories of life in Whitianga during the late 1960's include our family's HR Holden, and I have been a Holden owner myself a couple of times through the years. My very first car was a 1972 Holden LJ Torana very similar to the one pictured at right. It had been fitted out for racing before being retired after its V8 engine blew up. The owner sold it with a 202 6-cylinder engine with Yella Terra head hiding under the bonnet scoop, but apart from that and its bucket seats, flared guards, mag wheels and rear spoiler, it was stock standard. I didn't mind; I loved that car. It is still probably my favourite of all the cars I've owned. (I later also owned an LH Torana with a 1900 Opel motor. Worst motoring decision I ever made.)
I could therefore relate to the feelings of the owner of a late model Holden Monaro who approached me with his pride and joy recently. The front driver's seat had suffered a bad split in the seam and both front seats needed refinishing. Naturally, I was pleased to be of help. The following photos show the repair to the split seam by our upholsterer, after which I refinished the leather. The owner's reaction? "They look [...] awesome!"