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Holden World Record Attempt in Tailem Bend

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In a bid to pay tribute to the remarkable history of an iconic SA brand, The Bend is attempting to bring together the largest ever convoy of Holdens ever staged.

A world-record attempt will help celebrate the legacy of the brand at the 2020 OTR The Bend 500 this September.

“Holden rightfully occupies a very special place in South Australia’s heritage; we want to celebrate the brand’s significant history in the State by bringing owners together at OTR The Bend 500 this September,” said Managing Director of The Bend Sam Shahin.

Holden owners have already commenced registering their interest to participate in a unique Holden Tribute Cruise from Adelaide to The Bend on the Saturday of the (September 18-20) event, to culminate in an enormous show-and-shine at the circuit.

“Our early response has been amazing with more than 300 cars and 500 participants already registering their interest," said Mr Shahin.

Ford fans are also being encouraged to pay their respects to the icon with organisers planning a Ford guard of honour as part of the record attempt.

“Even the most one-eyed Ford fans have felt the impact of the news. Like any sport rivalry there’s a healthy respect for the opposition, so we’re encouraging Ford fans to get involved and honour their ultimate competitor – the battle between these brands has delivered so many special motorsport moments over the years.”

Launched on The Bend’s social media channels earlier this week, early response has been impressive with more than 300 cars and 500 drivers / passengers already nominated in less than four days.

1200 vehicles took part in the ‘Holden dream cruise’ in 2017, when the brand closed manufacturing at its Elizabeth plant.

The Bend aims to eclipse this number, with owners of any road-registered Holden product encouraged to participate, while Ford fans will be invited to form a ‘guard of honour’ to their red rivals in a show of support.

Holden owners can register their interest via this link: http://bit.ly/HoldenTributeCruise.

Ford owners can register their interest via this link: http://bit.ly/FordGuardofHonour

OTR The Bend 500 will be the opening round of the Pirtek Endurance Cup for the first time this year, and the 10th event of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars championship.