In 1991, with 30% of the members owning HSV’s, members at the April monthly meeting voted to change the name of the club to HDT/HSV Owners Club of NSW and for the Club to become incorporated with a new Constitution. The name change was to obtain better exposure of the Club through both HSV and its Dealer network as well as to take the Club into the future.
Accordingly, a new Constitution was approved by members and CAMS, and the Club was incorporated on 26th June changing its name to HDT/HSV Owners Club of NSW Incorporated.
The new Constitution now allowed HSV Owners to become full members rather than Associate Members. Owners of any genuine build plated Brock era HDT or HSV were now permitted to apply for full membership of the club whether their vehicle was Commodore based or not. Incorporation also protects all members in the event of any litigation against the Club.
In June 1991, after little more than 3 years of operation, HSV celebrated the building it’s 5,000th car, a VN SV T-30 which was the forerunner of the ClubSport.
One of the rarest variants was the SV Top 30, a limited edition car only made available to the best selling HSV dealers in Australia, with all 30 examples completed in Alpine White paintwork.
Based on the 180kw SS, the 200kW T30 featured an SV89 body kit with special SV T-30 badges, each car was given a dash plaque featuring the name of the dealer and came with full leather upholstery in grey with red piping, a black Momo leather steering wheel, an electric glass sunroof and a premium Sansui CD player. Mechanical changes included the top-of-the-range 200kW “red” engine, a dual exhaust system, cold air intake, high flow air cleaner, 85-litre fuel tank, revised engine management, recalibrated automatic transmission (with overdrive engagement raised to 80 km/h), uprated suspension, SV5000 brakes, a limited slip diff and special alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P700 rubber.
Each dealer was reportedly required to keep the car in stock for at least three months before selling and the build number corresponded to the dealer’s sales performance for the previous year. A second batch of cars, based on the Series 2 VN Berlina, was scheduled for production in June-July 1991 but only ten cars were completed due to the recession, all in two-tone blue. With so few made and very little documentation, the SV T-30 is one of the least known HSV Commodores but for those who know, the surviving examples offer exceptional value for money.
A new Club logo (above) was designed by club member Peter Mecklem in “Malboro Red and Black” and the club newsletter was replaced by a club magazine with coloured cover.
In August there was 128 cars in the Club with 31 VK Group A’s being the most popular. 26 HSV and 102 HDT cars. In December 1991 the Club had 147 financial members.
Weekend Away at Foster (March), Early Morning Run to Green Patch, Jervis Bay (April), Dinner at Footloose Theatre Restaurant (April), Weekend Away at Peppers Jenolan Caves (May), Early Morning Run (June), Dinner (June), Early Morning Run (July), Weekend Away at the Hunter Valley (July), Early Morning Run from Lansvale (August), Trivia Quiz Night (August), Dinner Night at Fabio’s Restaurant (August), Early Morning Run (September).
John Harvey Guest Speaker at August General Meeting.
Driver Training/Supersprint Oran Park (March), Driver Training/Supersprint Amaroo Park (March), Driver Training/Supersprint Oran Park (May), Supersprint Amaroo Park (May), Supersprint Amaroo Park (June), Supersprint Oran Park South (June), Supersprint Amaroo Park (July), Supersprint Amaroo Park (August), Club Supersprint Eastern Crekk Raceway (September), Supersprint Amaroo Park (October), Supersprint Oran Park GP (October), Hillclimb Mount Panorama Bathurst (November), Supersprint Amaroo Park (December).
1991 Committee: President Jeff Kelly, VP Brett Gilles, Secretary Eric Groszmann, Treasurer Gary Benson, Sporting Director Brian Cassell, Social Secretary Trish Kelly, CAMS Delegate Brett Gilles, Membership Secretary Helen Harding/Julie Cassell, Magazine Editor Robert Heard, Merchandise Officer Brett Gilles, Wedding Cars Heinz Reinhardt.
1991 Club Magazines:
The format of the 1991 Club Magazines remained the same as started in mid 1990 with a standard pre-printed glossy full colour cover and pages printed by Darrin Renouf of Peachy Printing. They were published every 2 months commencing in February 1991.