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Old 14 Dec 2012, 03:43 (Ref:3178559)   #1
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Originally Posted by By RON HAMMERTON, Go Auto #660, Dec12, 2012.
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ONE of Australia’s most prominent motor industry and motorsport executives is promising a tell-all biographical account of his 50 years in the game, including an insider’s view of some of the most explosive chapters in Holden history.

John Crennan, who joined GM Holden 50 years ago on Monday (December 10) and went on to found Holden Special Vehicles and Holden Racing Team with British entrepreneur and racing driver Tom Walkinshaw, says the manuscript of the book titled ‘50 Years of Holden, 1962-2013’, is 70 per cent written, having taken about 600 hours thus far.

The book’s subtitle – People, Personalities, Politics and Poor Performances – indicates the book will pull no punches, with Mr Crennan promising: “Like the way I work, I don’t sit on the fence.”

Mr Crennan promises to cover the Holden bust-up with racing icon Peter Brock, the subsequent founding of HSV, driver Craig Lowndes’ controversial departure from HRT, Tom Walkinshaw’s business collapse, and racing champion Mark Skaife’s skirmish with Mr Walkinshaw over the HRT ownership in the book due out next year.

But the book also promises to be uncomfortable reading at both Holden and HSV, with Mr Crennan saying he will outline why he believes Holden has crumbled from 50 per cent market share to about 10 per cent today – and tarnished its brand image along the way – and why “the ‘special’ seems to be lost from Holden Special Vehicles”.

Mr Crennan worked at Holden from 1962 to 1987, rising to become the national marketing manager before becoming the founding managing director of HSV in 1987 in the wake of

the Brock sacking, which meant the end of the Brock’s alliance with Holden on the Holden Dealer Team performance car division and racing arm.

Mr Crennan guided HSV and HRT for 20 years until he ‘retired’ in 2007, although he remained active as an auto industry consultant and, more publicly, chairman and chief executive of Kelly Racing in V8 Supercars.

Kelly Racing has just formally ended its relationship with Holden and officially taken up with new V8 Supercar entrant Nissan – 50 years after Mr Crennan started work at Holden’s Fishermans Bend headquarters in Melbourne.

Mr Crennan said he has been having trouble finding the time to work on the book, which he had planned to release on the anniversary this week.
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Old 14 Dec 2012, 10:52 (Ref:3178630)   #2
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the Walkinshaw years

As one who has defended Tom Walkinshaw against bog ignorant claims over the years I'll be buying the book.
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Old 14 Dec 2012, 11:58 (Ref:3178645)   #3
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He certainly polarises (pun intended) opinion. It will definitely be worth a read given he no longer works for Holden, or is one to pull punches.
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Old 15 Dec 2012, 09:14 (Ref:3178859)   #4
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looking forward to this book when it comes out......
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Old 15 Dec 2012, 12:24 (Ref:3178914)   #5
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This should be a good read, I'll be picking this up before it hits the bargain bin.
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Old 15 Dec 2012, 12:52 (Ref:3178920)   #6
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Sounds promising! But the skeptic in me reckons all the juicy bits will be censored by the legal eagles! Like various Skaife, Brock, Lowndes books have been.
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Doesn't look like much ever came of this, other than a 'strictly-limited' run of 155 copies of his memoirs, titled "55 Years in Car Heaven”

However, Crennan has recently revealed some historical details in a recent V8 Sleuth interview:
https://www.supercars.com/news/champ...-john-crennan/

Some interesting notes from this:
  • Holden were going to pull the pin on HRT in mid-1991, in late 2003 (to move to across to Gibson Mostorsport); and also at the end of 1995 (after their Bathurst disaster)
  • He (somehow) seemed shocked when Holden actually did pull out from WR, and shifted the official status to 888
  • HRT had an annual income of $13.5M in 2002 ($8m sponsorship, $2M prize money, $3.5 merchandising profits)
  • He considers Ryan Story & Chris Wilson from DJRTP the "most capable operators" from all his years involved in motorsport.
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[*]He considers Ryan Story & Chris Wilson from DJRTP the "most capable operators" from all his years involved in motorsport.[/LIST]
He said capable, not that they are so crooked that they can't lie straight in bed.
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He said capable, not that they are so crooked that they can't lie straight in bed.
Tom Walkinshaw was very capable..... and he wouldnt have been needing a normal length bed.
Of course there is also Roland Dane....
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His comments about wanting control of HRT goes along with what Win Percy wrote in his book
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His comments about wanting control of HRT goes along with what Win Percy wrote in his book
In that TW didn't have much else left to occupy his time, once TWR went belly-up?
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In that TW didn't have much else left to occupy his time, once TWR went belly-up?
No, about Crennen wanting control of the team in the early 90s
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As one who has defended Tom Walkinshaw against bog ignorant claims over the years I'll be buying the book.
I suggest you read up on the British High Court case involving Walkinshaw and F1 before you spend more time defending him.
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