I’ll state this first: I’ve always been a Pontiac fan, but the Pontiac G8 wasn’t a true Pontiac. It was an Australian-engineered masterpiece with a redesigned front clip to mimic Pontiac’s design language. Yes, it fell in line with Pontiac attributes of yesteryear, but Holden’s credit was nearly swept under the rug. So, I decided it was time to pay homage to the brand that almost saved the red arrowhead stateside. I converted my 2009 Pontiac G8 GT to a left-hand drive VE Holden Commodore.
JHP Vehicle Enhancements, based in Blackburn Victoria, offers anything you could imagine to transform your Aussie Poncho into a true Roaring Lion. $2,950 USD later, OEM Holden parts were shipped half way around the world to World Class Finish in Uniontown, Ohio, who would be performing the cosmetic surgery.
After a lot of patience on my end, and two weeks later, the conversion was complete. Almost needless to say, I fell in love. Finished in factory Sport Red Metallic, the car absolutely pops everywhere it goes. It has become my candle in the wind for the dying flame that is Holden manufacturing.
The greatest first impression of the build is the attention it garners. It’s been to a handful of shows, and many intrigued passerbyers have approached me asking “What is this?” “How did you do it?” But, it’s the “Why did you do it?” I like to answer most.
No matter what you drive, you become a brand ambassador. I happen to enjoy being one of the many automotive compasses for Holden stateside, as I open intrigued persons’ minds to Australian car culture.
And, that, is priceless if you ask me.