1974 Group C L34 Holden Torana
Race ready, genuine LH L34 Torana.
CAMS COD done.
All ID tags intact.
The very successful Gp C L34's are quite rare.
in 1974, the mighty LH, L34 Torana, was Holden’s answer to the problems they were having, with their new V8 SLR 5000 racing program. Named after its engine option, you got more than just a hot 308 when you ordered it; along came those bolt on flares that define the group C era and much needed revised suspension, to put all that power to the road. Only 268 L34’s were built, with many getting destroyed or butchered when they were overlooked as collectibles vehicles. It is estimated that only 150 remain intact.
The Chrome Yellow L34 presented here has had an amazing life and is one of only a handful, that have both survived intact and also raced in Group C, in that late 1970’s period that is now rightfully recognized as one of our greatest era’s.
The car was originally owned and built by John Stoopman, at his Highway One Shell service station, in Berwick Victoria. The original L34 308 race engine was built by RN English of Fern Tree Gully, Victoria. Mr Stoopman built many many fast drag and circuit race Holden’s, and was a very underrated driver and car builder. One of his 3 XU-1 Torana race cars still exists today as a show car. The cars debut was at the 1975 Phillip Island 500. It was the last round of the 1975 Manufacturers Championship (MANCHAMP series), which Holden’s Torana won for the third time in succession. After a year Mr Stoopman decided to retrire and his XU-1's and the lairy yellow beast were sold off, with the L34 going to a Mr David Langman (Stoopman's name does appear in the record books later racing an XU1 though!?). Mr Langman also had a hankering to go fast and used the L34 as God, Harry Firth and GMH intended it to be used, on the racetrack in the Group C series. For the next 3 years, he raced her at Calder, Adelaide, Phillip Island and Winton. She was a Victorian car through and through! The car was always Chrome Yellow, just with different stripes and minor sponsors on her flanks. As the car sits is her final 1978 livery and we all think it looks pretty damn good and uniquely Australian.
With 12 starts between 1975 and 1978, the Langman L34 was only used sparingly, come 1978, the A9X was the must have weapon of choice and the L34 was relegated to road duties and sold off. The car has survived surprisingly well and wears her scars from years of use on the track, in both period (1975 to 1978) and contemporary 5th category CAMS Historics well (2004 to 2018 and hopefully more!).
She has her CAMS Certificate of Description (CoD) and has plenty of life left in the driveline. She just needs someone who can handle a fire breathing 308 to get in and drive. Or, you could put some sensible exhaust on her and put her back to (Very fast) road duties again? The choice is yours and neither choices are wrong. I would road register her, but keep racing, enjoying the odd drive on the street to keep the neighbourhood kids sharply aware about these amazing cars, that once ruled our racetracks and streets.