IN the wake of the announcement that Holden will cease at the end of the year, V8 Sleuth has confirmed plans for a limited-edition hardcover book publication celebrating the history of the brand in Australian motorsport.

Titled ‘Racing The Lion’, the book – now open to pre-order here – will be an illustrated history of Holden in Australian motorsport, produced by the V8 Sleuth team and edited by Aaron Noonan and Will Dale.

It will feature a massive number of photos never-before-published and touch on a huge range of Holden’s motorsport history.

Whether it’s the memorable Monaros, Toranas or Commodores or the star drivers that achieved great feats behind the wheel, there will be something for everyone in this book.

It will also include a range of motorsport activities undertaken by Holden in racing from touring cars to rallying and trials, rallycross, production cars and much, much more.

With chunky captions outlining the history, statistics and interesting facts related to each image and an honour roll of Holden champions and winners of important race and titles, this is the sort of book you’ll pick up, put down and pick up again many times over.

400 pages in total, the limited-edition book is due to be complete in time for Father’s Day and retails for $99.95.

“Our team are searching high and low in our photo files for all sorts of beautiful imagery that will make this book a must-have,” says V8 Sleuth MD Aaron Noonan.

“The recent news of Holden’s closure was hit a lot of people very hard and we felt it appropriate to put together a publication to put a lot of its great history together in the one place.

“All of the old favourites in terms of Holden race cars will be included as well as lots that many will have simply forgotten over time. It’s a real trip down memory lane putting this book together.”

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.