We've been working on finalising the Statesman Nats.  The event is building into a full-format two-day adventure for Statesman owners.

We have 446 "Interested" on our Facebook Events post.  This accounts for many more times the size of last year's Nats, which was about 100 cars.

Judging by the trend, we think we will have about double on the day, which would be close to a record for the Shepparton Motor Museum.  Three years ago there was a Holden SS Club event of about the same size — and that holds the known record for club cars at the venue.

Let's work on breaking that record.  We all know that Statos are better in so many ways.

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Put a shout out for bums today.  Rear ends, fat and squat are a firm favourite with Statesman owners.

Check out some of the photos that turned up on the HSCCA Facebook Group this morning.

Awesome, and funny, when you consider that people take the time to photograph their "rears."

We love writing about all sorts of ideas on this blog.

This one takes the "cake."

Our "fat bottomed girls make the rockin' world go 'round."

An amazing collection of rumpy bumpty squatness.  Once again, the HSCCA Membership was up to the challenge. :)


We've been busy in the production rooms at Top Gun Multimedia, creating more artwork for the Statesman Nationals.

This time we've knocked out business cards.

We've already made posters and promo A4 art and now it's time for some word-of-mouth marketing.  With thanks to Vistaprint for their hard work — the quality of their printed product is superb, delivery is fast and the prices are really good.

All this feeds the momentum that makes the Nats such an exciting event.  We've had the benefit of Jacqui Hayward images from 2018 to help "sell" our artwork.

And, it's working ... there's been 425 people register their interest in this year's event.

As funny as the title is about backseat enjoyment in a Statesman Caprice, today's yarn is a tribute to the comfort and pure luxury of our girls' rear compartment.  Having re-read this sentence, I really do get the irony of this post.  No I'm not talking about "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", I'm talking about rear seat comfort.

Known for the massive amount of legroom and opulent leather chairs, riding in the rear of my VR Caprice was astounding.  A bit like riding around in a mobile leather loungeroom.  And there's enough headroom for me to be able to wear an Akubra bush hat on my 6-foot frame.  That's super great and takes the cool factor to eleven.

Firstly there was the ease of entry into the rear, then the massive cabin space with all that extra leg space.  I visualised Little Johnny Howard in my ex-embassy car with his feet up against the rear seat.  Can't do that in the current fleet of BMW's  Howard had used my car during the handover of Hong Kong back to China in 1997. 

Martin Barlow's VQ, which was Bob Hawke's C*2 Caprice, has extra reading lights fitted so that Hawkie could study briefings.  I don't know how it could do that given that Stato rear seats are so comfortable that they send you off to sleep.

After some travelling — enjoying the burble of the 304 — I noticed the radio controller and speakers in the roof.  Now that's such a cool thingy.  From the rear seat, I was able to listen to the footy without interfering with front car quiet.

Moreover, with the right headphones, it is possible to privately listen to radio, CD or tape at the push of a button.  I was controlling the volume, so it was just the rear speakers pushing out the footy score.  And the tape player still works — I only own one tape.  It's Foster and Allen and, as you can imagine, it's pretty tame.

And of course, by the time we'd done a few kilometres, I was in the ZZZ-zone. "V" Series Caprices are especially luxurious with gathered mixed leather and cloth material. Maybe Holden should have called the leather-seated Caprice the "Sleepmaker."