Galih Laksono lives in Jakarta, Indonesia and is a long time owner of this mean looking 1972 Holden HQ. Galih is known around his country as the (legend with the golden Holden). He is so die hard with Holdens Galih also founded the Holden Indonesia Club in 1999-present. I must say its really good to see others in the world so into the automotive game as we are here in the USA. To be honest when I think Indonesia the last thing I would have imagined is a hot rod scene, its good to be wrong sometimes.
Before we learn more about this car we just want to insure that you know that Holden is Australian car company. Galih has owned this car since 1978 and has pretty much daily driven it all over Indonesia since. The car came with a 202ci six cylinder and in 1985 he installed a Holden 253 V8 with a larger cam,aluminum intake, and 4 barrel carb. Galih told us “they start calling me The Legend because no body beat me at that time, not even the son and grandson of the President Suharto as the second President in Indonesia and I have living proof who saw everything”. In 1991 Galih blew the motor and had a replacement ready to go a 350 Chevy.
It is very hard and expensive to get American engine parts in Indonesia. When he buys parts for this car he orders them from the USA and it takes some time before he gets them over there. Also lets say if he buys a $500 part with shipping ,handling, and going through customs he will end up paying in the area of $1500-$2000. He builds and works on this car all by his own hand after office hours. The amazing thing about this story he taught himself every thing about this Chevy motor buy reading magazines like Car Craft and Super Chevy etc.
Here is a list of some extra information on Galih’s Golden Holden!
- 350ci Chevy
- TRW forged pistons 11.1
- Speed pro rings
- Crane camshaft 0.500 lift
- 2.o2-1.60 heads
- GM 10 bolt rear end with 2.78 gears
- Weiand tunnel ram intake
- Two 750cfm Rochester four barrel carbs
- Mr. Gasket air scoop
- Top speed 272 kph