Restoring a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS 350
A search for some second-hand racing tyres led to two life-long passions for Gary Vogelsang. This is the story of his Holden Monaro GTS restoration.
Back in 1982, young speedway racer Gary Vogelsang visited the workshop of his senior colleague Ken Logue in search of some second-hand racing tyres, but ended up with much more than he’d bargained for.
He spied Ken’s treasured but dilapidated 1969 Holden Monaro GTS 350 at the back of the shed. The Daytona Bronze coupe was covered in dust, its engine was out and it had a banged up quarter panel, a mismatched black front guard and a hole in the bonnet, but Gary fell instantly in love with it.
As it turned out, he also fell in love with Ken’s eldest daughter, Linda. In 1985, when they were married, he bought a motor garage business in the Latrobe Valley and the Monaro moved in with them. It has been their constant companion ever since.
“I’ve owned a lot of Holdens over the years, including a Sandman panel van,” Gary recalls. “HT Holdens were my bomb cars when we were young. We hotted them up but they were so basic. We loved the GTS 350 Monaro but it wasn’t affordable. Back then it was out of our reach.”