What makes people like us tick? Why do we look at a car and think about the way it would look if you made a couple of simple adjustments? Some things in this world are mysteries that we will never know, but I take comfort in knowing that there are literally thousands of us who all feel the same way.
When you walk down the street and you see a car that catches your eye, you stop and stare. Owen’s commodore is one of those cars, however, here in Australia, a commodore is rather run of the mill, much like a Chevy Malibu for Americans. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Fortunately, hat’s not quite the case here.
Owen, from a young age, was fascinated by anything with an engine, mainly due to his father sharing the same automotive passion. He taught Owen that in order to make a car stand out, you don’t need to do anything extreme, and it’s the subtle things that make all the difference. Clean lines, colors, and a wheel choice different from the norm are all it takes to make people take a second glance.
Owen started out in the minitruck scene, where everyone strives for chassis rails laying on the ground, but as the years went on he decided that a little more comfort was in order for a daily. So why did he choose to purchase one of the most common vehicles on Australian roads?
The lines of the latest commodore wagon are some of the best Holden has ever released. From the curves in the rear of the vehicle to the factory wheel arches, it’s almost like they knew people like us would be inherently drawn to it. Most people in Australia fill the arches the commodore with 22-inch which fill the wheel gap at stock ride height, but Owen knew that wouldn’t cut it.
Sourced out of japan, he found a set of limited run Work Brombacher wheels, which are essentially VS-XX faces with a stepped lip. 19 inch wheels look perfect on the car, matched with a low ride height; it definitely stands out from the crowd.
The reality is that no matter how people see what we do, even if they fail to comprehend why we build cars that sit as low as possible, we will continue to do it. Meeting Owen has convinced me that there is a reason and purpose for what we do. Driving 10 hours down to Melbourne to hang out with us for a weekend isn’t exactly what most car enthusiasts would have in mind as a fun weekend, but Owen didn’t even think twice. Next time we’ll have to drive up to party with you Owen.
Owen hasn’t finished just yet, as he has plans to go lower and wider, but for Australian roads, and with the authorities on the hunt for cars like out just to make a quick dollar, I think it has the perfect combination as it is.