Australia's Better Yank Tank

If you had been in the US and returned to Australia after 1971, you could easily conclude that Holden had abandoned the prestige car segment after the Brougham had flopped. It looked like the Americans had stepped in and mated the latest Oldsmobile front to a Cadillac rear as a replacement for the final 1968 Chevrolet-Pontiac Yank Tanks assembled here.

There was not a single Holden badge in sight. No less than eleven Cadillac-style garlands were spread around this strange new model. Even if they did surround a Holden lion, it was a token connection.

If you had come home via South Africa, you would have seen the same car badged as a Chevrolet with the latest Malibu-style grille.

Confusing the matter even further was the option of Chevrolet’s icon 350/5.7-litre engine and Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, a combination normally reserved for Holden’s sportiest models. The biggest engine offered on the last of the full-sized American cars assembled here was the 327/5.4-litre V8.

This relatively large new GM car seemed different from anything else that Holden had on offer.

Stalwart member BigMIk Temple has contributed a guide about how to disconnect the now-problematic telematics system from the WH Statesman and Caprice.

This is a great guide to save your WH from some now-redundant traps like a flat battery.

Thanks Mick.

pdf Disconnect WH Telematics Guidelines (1.37 MB)

Tickets are on sale now for this year's Statesman Nationals Event, to be held at the Shepparton Motor Musuem and Surrounds.

The $50 tickets include:

  • Emerald Bank show'n'shine entry;
  • Museum tour (worth $15), BBQ and drink (worth up to $10);
  • Nationals Dinner booking at the Shepparton Greyhound Club (roast dinner is PAYG and drinks are available at bar), SPECIAL guest speakers;
  • Nationals Kirwans Bridge/Murchison Cruise (coffee/brunch at Penelope's Cafe on the water is PAYG);
  • Murchison Market, BBQ and Meteorite Museum Tour (PAYG).

We currently have 450 registered on the Facebook Events Page and, if last year's Nats is anything to go by we should attract a final figure of more than 200.


Saturday, 19 October 2019

09:00am - 10:30am

Nationals Wallan Services Cruise

Melbourne Statesman Nationals Cruise from Wallan Services, forming up before 9am departure.  The 1.5 hour cruise sees this pack of Statesmans arriving at the Shepparton Motor Museum about 10-30am. Please contact Meagan Connolly for more information and ...

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10:00am - 03:00pm

Nationals Musuem and Event

The HSCCA 2019 Statesman Nationals includes a show'n'shine, museum tour with special Statesmans inside the musuem, a BBQ and drink, judging and awards before close of event, followed by included booking for a PAYG dinner at the Shepparton Greyhound Club.

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06:00pm - 11:00pm

Nationals Dinner

Catered dinner of two roasts and two deserts PAYG. Licensed drinks at bar prices. The venue is the Shepparton Greyhound Clubhouse.  Booking fee included in your ticket price.

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Sunday, 20 October 2019

10:00am - 11:30am

Nationals Cruise Kirwans Bridge

The 2019 Nationals Cruise forms up at The Shepparton Greyhound and Racing Track before 10am departure.  The cruise goes from the track to Kirwans Bridge, Nagambie, at Penelope's Cafe/Restaurant for a PAYG breakfast, coffee, brunch of your ...

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11:30pm - 03:00pm

Nationals Cruise Murchison

The Cruise to Murchison finishes with cars parking up on the river and main street areas of the township. BBQs PAYGO will be on hand near the river, there is a town bakery and pub both PAYG. The famous Murchison Meteorite Museum will be open for a small fee. ...

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"Share Your Passion" insurance specialists, Shannons, has indicated it wants to help with our Statesman Nationals.

The offer came following the regional manager having a meeting with The Shepparton Motor Museum curator, Shaun Lennard.  Thanks to Shaun and Simon for thinking of us.

Any help with our event is much appreciated and it will bring much needed muscle to the event.

Simon will be availaible during the weekend for those who may need insurance advice.  We envisage Shannons having a gazeebo tent on site for the Nats.