Posts Tagged ‘GM’

Age Old Inspiration: 78-year-old Bob Lutz Wants to Keep Working

08 May

Having worked in the automotive media for almost a decade and grown up a car nut that’s been particularly fond of GM products, Bob Lutz has been a name never too far away from my mind when I think of General Motors. The 78-year-old Vice Chairman has had a long and interesting career; not only with GM, but also with other big name auto companies. He’s held a number of titles with GM, too.

Almost within the realms of an octogenarian, he says that his latest retirement – scheduled to have started at the end of April – is finally going to stick. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t consider going back to work if the right offer was made. He’s the capitalist world’s wet dream: an employee that is willing to work until he’s in the grave!

In an exclusive interview with Autoblog, Lutz was quoted as saying, “I don’t play golf, never have never will. And secondly, I have no desire to go to Hilton Head, or Naples, Florida, or any place like that”.

Clearly, he’s intending to stay busy in one form or another. From the looks of his photo; he’s looking good for his age, too. But it gets more interesting. Lutz is working on a business book that he intends to support with a tour and he’s looking offer his decades of expertise to executive boards who desire it.

“I have had several approaches for board memberships of various companies and I’m going to be meeting with a headhunter who is a specialist in finding board members. He wants to see me, so we’ll see what comes up there. As far as GM is concerned, I have had numerous requests to continue to be available for advice and counsel and occasionally review design properties and stuff like that, so I’ll find a way to stay engaged.”

Whether you’re interested in big business, the auto industry or not; it’s hard not to be inspired by such enthusiasm for life and productivity from someone of his age. I hope I still possess his energy at that stage.

Too Cool: A Rare Look Inside GM's Heritage Centre

29 Apr

The guys at Bangshift scored themselves a real win while attending the Detroit Autorama – a tour of the General Motors Heritage Centre in Sterling Heights, Michigan. This facility houses a breath-taking collection of GM history that is normally closed to the public.

GM’s Heritage Centre opened in the middle of 2004 and brought together a century’s worth of GM vehicles, engines and paraphernalia. Their original press release stated that the centre would ‘help GM employees, scholars, analysts and the media research the company’s past and learn from its rich history as GM moves toward a second century of operation.’

Luckily, one of the Bangshift guys sweet talked their way in and shot more than 300 images, most of which you can see on the BS website HERE.


Plant Tour: A Look Inside Holden's Elizabeth Plant (circa 2006)

25 Mar

I was digging through a bunch of old files looking for stuff for my portfolio when I came across these old pics I took with my mobile phone during a press launch for the launch of the VE back in 2006.

Most of these images were never used anywhere, but they’re interesting for anyone who loves Commodores or wonders what it’s like inside a state-of-the-art vehicle assembly plant. They show quite a bit of detail, including Holden’s then-new rebuilt process line and what at the time was never-before-seen HSV VE front guard treatments.

They also feature the last of the VZ utes to roll through the production line, some wearing VE colours like Ignition. I hope you find them interesting.

There’s about 50 images in total that are free for personal ute only. CLICK HERE to see the entire gallery: