The Smith Family Partnership
As Holden closes the gates on its Elizabeth manufacturing plant, its legacy in Adelaide’s northern suburbs is set to continue thanks to a $742,000 donation to The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard announced the donation as the company celebrated the end of an era at the recent Holden Dream Cruise.
With $242,000 coming from the auction of the Commodore Collection, Mark says it was about giving something back to the northern Adelaide community that has supported it for many years.
“This is the city where our company was born. We want to show Adelaide that we appreciate the support the community has given Holden, particularly over the past 55 years of manufacturing in Elizabeth,” he says.
The money will help the charity support more than 1,000 disadvantaged students in the area through five years of schooling by providing essential financial assistance for books, uniforms and critical out-of-school learning programs.
The Smith Family’s General Manager for SA & NT, Graham Jaeschke says Holden’s contribution would make a significant difference by giving the students the support they need to succeed at school and offering them the best chance to break the cycle of disadvantage.
While this latest donation will help provide much needed support for the kids, they weren’t the only winners on the day with three Holden fans driving away in a piece of automotive history.
The three Commodores auctioned on the day - #05 Director V8 sedan and #05 Motorsport V8 sedan whose build numbers reflected the racecar number of legendary Holden racer Peter Brock, along with #111 Magnum V8 ute – the final limited-edition cars of their kind to be made in Australia, drew frenzied bidding from passionate fans across the country.
And as the final hammer went down, the three cars had amassed a total of $307,000 with half of the $130,000 raised from the Director V8 auction donated to The Lighthouse Foundation, a homeless youth charity for which Brock’s long time partner Bev, is a patron.
Jamie Lockett, who snared the 05 Motorsport edition for $93,000, says it was worth every kilometre of the drive from his home in Ballarat to Adelaide for the auction.
“The unique build numbers added a lot of value to the cars under the hammer. To now own the number five of the late Peter Brock, the King of the Mountain himself – now that’s a piece of history to own.”