Bob Holden raced the original Mini Cooper S –now he tests a new electric model

Bob Holden raced the original Mini Cooper S –now he tests a new electric model. The performance and quality of electric vehicles has progress significantly.

Bob Holden Electric MINI

Bob Holden has been racing cars for nearly 70 years. His biggest victory in Australia was to win the Bathurst 500 race in 1966 in a Mini Cooper S with co-driver Finland’s race a rally ace Rauno Aaltonen.


Bob had never seen an electric vehicle so we took a new Mini EV up to see him on his farm north of Sydney.

Once he overcame the initial unfamiliarity of not being able to hear the engine he soon settled into driving and enjoying the car.

He summed up the experience

“It’s just I can’t believe how good it is and how well life continued a program and kept it in front of itself all the way. I think that’s a funny way of putting it. But to me it’s just it’s grown with the technology.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto