48-215 & FJ Holdens: Rockin’, Rollin’, Tweakin’ and Cheatin’ in the ‘50s and ‘60s

20 July 2015
Peter Lewis-Williams, who would later play a pivotal role within GM-H in the formation of the Holden Dealer Team, raced a 48-215 in the early 1960s when he was working for Norm Beechey. This incident occurred at the end of Sandown Park’s main straight when a rear axle snapped during a race in 1963. Can’t have been too scary - note PL-W still has his elbow casually resting on the door! Image: Chevron Publishing

The birth of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ in 1948 – the legendary Holden 48-215 – also played a pivotal role in the rapid growth and popularity of touring car racing to become the nation’s number one motor sport attraction.

There were two distinct periods of 48-Series Holdens as outright contenders in touring car racing. The first was the ‘outlaw’ years of the 1950s when rules were scarce and modifications ran way out of control. The top guns of that time included Jack Myers, Leo Geoghegan and John French.