In 2011 and with my beloved car nearing 100,000 kms and starting to show some signs of wear and tear I paid a visit to Gerald Slaven Holden to kick some tyres after work one afternoon. I walked out of there a proud and happy owner of a brand new E3 Clubsport in Sting Red. It was my first ever brand new car and I was determined at that stage, even though the car was brand new, I was going to go to the same lengths and efforts of cleaning in preparation for Show and Shine events. This meant taking it off the road for at least a week beforehand. Taking the wheels off to properly clean inside the arches, brakes, suspension components, and the wheels themselves. Clay Barring and multiple layers of various Wax Products were the main game. Friends and family could not and still don't understand the degree of detail and time that goes into the preparation but the half a dozen trophies in the following 2 years was proof that the time and effort does pay off.
I was determined that this car was a keeper and had absolutely no thoughts of even looking at new Gen F. I even resisted being offered a test drive by staff from Gerald Slaven Holden, only to succumb to an offer for a drive of a Club members car.
A week later I walked out of the dealership the owner of a new Gen F Clubsport SV in Phantom. I was extremely dubious about the colour and know only too well how difficult a black car is to keep clean and presentable. I took this on as a personal challenge and quickly realised that whilst difficult to maintain, black was absolutely the most rewarding colour to get right. Once again, the same amount of effort went into the preparation for events with this car as my previous cars. This time however, I was more knowledgeable and wiser and had learned quite a few tricks of the trade over the years and what is required to continue to be competitive. My goal was to win the ultimate trophy, The Car of The Year, which I successfully did and was determined by an accumulation of points during the year at various shows.