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Holden Retirees Club


 Meeting/Luncheon Details

Luncheons are held at 12:30 pm on the first Thursday of

March, June, September and December

each year, at

The Mulgrave Room,

The Mulgrave Country Club,

Cnr Wellington Rd and Jells Rd,

Wheelers Hill,


Click here for Map and directions

Melways Reference : Map 80, H1

The Club is serviced by buses from Dandenong and Chadstone.  

Click here for bus route and time details.

Lunches are provided at a cost of $22.50 for a two course main meal plus tea/coffee, except for the December Lunch when a Christmas Pudding course is added, for $27.50.  Meal costs may be reviewed from time to time. 

Drinks are available at Bar prices. 



Meeting Dates for 2018:

Thursday, March 1st, June 7th, September 6th, December 6th.


March 1st Lunch 

 Our speaker this Lunch will be well known to many members as the ex-Managing Director of HSV, John Crennan. 

John Crennan 1John has provided the following out  line of his career to date:

Commenced in GMH Mail Room on December 10, 1962, prior to my Cadetship in Sales Department starting 3 months later. I am now in my 56th year of continuous employment and income from the Automotive Industry.

I worked for 50 of those years under the GMH/HOLDEN flag with ....26 years as an Employee  ... 2 years as a Holden Dealer at Booran Motors, 20 years as business partner/ supplier at HSV and HRT and 2 years as Consultant/Ambassador for Holden and HSV. 

My various roles at Holden included positions such as District Manager, Country Sales Manager ,National Advertising Manager, State Manager NSW (which involved the closure of the Pagewood Plant in 1981) National Fleet Manager and my final role of National Marketing Manager prior to resigning in November 1987 to take up the MD position at Holden Special Vehicles.

My 20 years as CEO at HSV being the highlight of my career and building the HSV and HRT brands . In that time we produced 57,100 HSV vehicles and recorded premium profitability and Royalty payments to Holden. In my time with HRT and HSVDT Racing we won 8 Championships and 7 Bathurst wins.

After HSV, I worked as CEO for Kelly Racing for nearly 3 years and signed Nissan as their Factory team.

For the past three and half years I have worked as Commercial Manager for the Queensland based Penske Team and last year signed a major multi year deal with Shell as their primary sponsor. Roger Penske operates a global transportation business with annual turnover of $26 billion, employs 50,000 people, operates 350 Dealerships in USA and Europe and has 240,000 Penske rental and lease trucks. In Australia they employ 1000 people with Penske Power Systems, Truck Dealerships and the Race Team.

John will centre on a few segments of his very limited run private book he gave to family, friends and some select business colleagues prior to Christmas. It is  entitled ‘55 Years in Car Heaven... Crenno’s Insights into Car People’ . 

There may be some interest and robust debate after his speech amongst all the attendees regarding the nomination of ....”My GMH/Holden Executive Team of the Century”.


For our March Lunch there will be two delicious courses for $22.50. 

Mains (alternating):

Rosemary &Garlic crumbed Lamb cutlets/ Pesto Mash/ Seasonal Vegetables/ Chili Hollandaise

Spiced pork cutlets/ whole grain mustard sauce/ garlic mashed potato/ green vegetables              


                            Sticky Date Cake | Butterscotch Sauce Chantilly Cream

                            Lemon Meringue Tart| Passion Fruit Coulis

Tea and Coffee


Members are reminded that unless you are also a member of the MCC, you must sign in when entering the Club. You may do this at the front desk, or preferably, in the Mulgrave Room immediately after paying your Lunch fee. The Lunch fees will be collected just inside the door of The Mulgrave Room. 


 If you arrive earlier, you may care to have some refreshment in one of the Club's other rooms while you wait. 

Come along and enjoy a great meal in pleasant company!