When Greg Denholm bought his first Holden, he was 13-years-old and it cost $25.
The Monaro and GM Club of Tasmania event coordinator paid his grandparents $2 each week, his pocket money, to buy the car.
He has owned about 150 Holdens since his first purchase.
Mr Denholm will be showing off a couple of his cars at the All Holden and GM Day at Windsor Park on Sunday.
Since Holden factories closed across Australia, people had taken to buying the cars as a way of remembering the once thriving motor industry and to own a piece of motoring history, he said.
“I’ve noticed in the last 12 months, prices have gone up.”
A friend’s Holden VC Brock Commodore, which he planned to sell for $40,000 a year or two ago could now be bought for up to $100,000.
It was quite a difference to when Mr Denholm bought a Holden in the late 1970s.
It cost about $60.
Club member Ray Farrow has owned his 1955 FJ Holden special for decades, which had done 66,000 kilometres.
It was the same model as his first car.
His car will also be one of an estimated 200 cars on show.
The show will host a range of trade stalls as well as hot food, a bar, music, face painting, mini jeeps and kite flying.
All Holdens and GM built cars are welcome.
The show will be in the lead up to Launceston hosting the Monaro National Show next November to celebrate 50 years of Monaro.
People were travelling from interstate to go to the show, which has been running for about six years.
Five people’s choice trophies will be presented at 2pm.
Mr Farrow’s car is one of a dozen or more Holdens he has owned since he first bought his first car.
Back when Mr Farrow was first looking for a car, “all you could buy was a Holden or a Falcon”.
“They’re for every day driving, you didn’t collect them to keep.”
Part of the attraction of the brand was that it was a good price to buy and “you can nearly buy spare parts in the supermarket”, Mr Farrow said.
- The annual All Holden and GM Day will be held at Windsor Park in Riverside between 10am and 2pm on Sunday.
- Entry costs $5 per person, $5 per car and children can enter for free.