CC Outtakes: No, It’s Not A Reverse-Stembridge

It’s not uncommon to see a Commodore here in Australia gracing a bowtie. This tradition has been around for a while; I’ve seen it fitted on Holdens for as long as I can remember. So this VF didn’t strike me as too out-of-the-ordinary until I noticed where its steering wheel was positioned. That’s probably taking the fanboi thing a bit far.

You will be familiar with our greatest expatriate (after Margot Robbie of course), Ed Stembridge’s Chevrolet SS festooned with Holden Commodore badging. But not even Ed chose to switch driving sides.

I’ve seen a LHD Captiva parked in this same spot, with similar callout on the rear window. Naive me thought someone had loved their car so much they brought it with them when they were posted in Australia for a sojourn, but I finally managed to solve the puzzle.

Sitting in the driver’s seat of this SS one day was a gentleman, very reluctant to get out of the car. I motioned him to maybe roll down the window and he finally relented. Inquisitive me started asking questions but he just was not interested in the conversation. All I could get out of him was that he was a drivetrain engineer for General Motors. I wanted to tell him about CC, Ed Stembridge’s SS and share the love, and maybe get some juicy inside gossip in return, but he shut me down with nary a flicker of interest.

That’s cold, man.

Further Reading

Commodores from VB to VF by Scott McPherson