Holden fanatics disappointed as the last manufacturing plant shuts down
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Holden fanatics disappointed as the last manufacturing plant shuts down

For Julius Goboly, his love for Holden was cemented by a bet made more than 20 years ago.

Mr Goboly, a self confessed Holden fanatic and enthusiast pulled apart an old 1956 Holden FE model and put it back together piece by piece with spare parts sourced from all over.

"When I build a car, I pull it to absolute pieces, there's not one nut or bolt left unturned," Mr Goboly said.

"I'm a street machiner by heart and they said to me, 'you can't build a stocker [stock standard]' and I said yep let me show you how."

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Julius Goboly: "Effie is my baby, I don't need to take her for a drive because it feels good just seeing her."

Julius Goboly: "Effie is my baby, I don't need to take her for a drive because it feels good just seeing her." Credit:Rohan Thomson

The car was built in 10 months and is now his pride and joy called 'Effie'.

"Effie is my baby, I don't need to take her for a drive because it feels good just seeing her."

Australia's motoring history will come to an end on Friday when Holden shuts down its last manufacturing plant in the country after almost 70 years.

In 2013, Holden announced it would stop making vehicles in Australia, becoming a national sales company and car importer.

Holden collector Julius Goboly with some of his collection at home in Chisholm.

Holden collector Julius Goboly with some of his collection at home in Chisholm.Credit:Rohan Thomson

For Mr Goboly, the shutting down of Holden's last manufacturing plant was the end of an era.

"I'm disappointed," Mr Goboly said. "I've enjoyed Holdens for the best part of my life and have been tied up in the clubs scene for a long time.

"It's a bit of a shame, but like all good things, they come to the end eventually."

Mr Goboly has been collecting, building and driving Holdens since he was a young boy.

"A couple of friends and I would drive up and down our backyards because mum had a big backyard and we basically learnt how to drive in Holdens," he said.

"That's what happened back in the 70s and I've never gotten out of the Holden FE and FC and I've had them ever since."

Mr Goboly said even though it's the end of Holden manufacturing in Australia, Holden will forever be in the hearts of enthusiasts.

He is in the process of building his wife an FJ Holden Utility so she can go drag racing.

"She's such a little petite thing and she wants to go drag racing so I thought why not?"

The company rolls its last car off the assembly on Friday, ending more than 50 years of car production on the Elizabeth site in South Australia.

The FE - FC Holden Nationals show will be held in Canberra in March 2018.

Han Nguyen reports on property for The Canberra Times. She joined the Times in 2017 after working as a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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