Well this would be about the 3rd thread I have started on this topic, but with all the new members onboard, it's not a bad time to bring it back up!
In the past, we have had our mortal enemy doing some commendable PR
stunts by taking their finest metal o/s to get the opinions of our foreign friends of our local products. I have an issue of Wheels where they take a supercharged VT SS to the states, and it was one of the articles of the year for me. A great read and very intruiging to see the responses of the Yanks to the Holden. It seems they were generally very impressed with it, and overlooked a lot of the negatives that our local press had noted. It's common knowledge that they are starved for genuine RWD performance sedans over there, and going on their responses to the VT, (and lately the VY pics), it seems that the market is ripe for an injection of Aussie muscle!
There is also the issue of Motor, where the VT2 GTS took on the Merc E55 and the BMW M5 at Nurburgring. Another cracking read, and immensely interesting to see how the local product faired against the Germans, on their own soil.
I also have dug up some pages of a Wheels article where the
EL GT was taken through France and Europe. This too is still one of my all-time favourite articles!
I, for one, think this kind of thing is a superb idea. Not only is it great publicity, but it is genuinely interesting to see how other people regard our beloved local fare, and also to see how it performs on roads other than our laughably named "pavement".
With the improvements all round in the BA, it really is a world-class car
, and as such, it should be taken and shown to the world! I have no doubt at all that the Yanks would be blown away by the XR8, (and also the utes!), and that the Europeans would warm quickly to the turbo 6 and the Fairmont Ghias.
So consider this thread a plea - Uncle Geoff, if it is at all possible, could you please get your accountants and logistics experts to tee something like this up! Surely a cost-benefit analysis would prove it to be a worthwhile exercise!
(To show your support for this idea, please add your vote at the top of the thread!)