Home > All News > News Headline
Penrite Racing
12 MAR 2020
Ride of a lifetime for Holden employee
Long-time Holden employee Chee Liong Lee enjoyed the ride of a lifetime when he was strapped in for a hot lap with Penrite Racing's David Reynolds at Albert Park today.

Lee who was given the opportunity as a special thank you for 44 years of service jumped into the 2017 Bathurst winner's Penrite coloured Commodore this morning at the 5.3-kilometre Melbourne circuit.

The Melbourne-based engineer, who is the longest-term employee affected by the closure of Holden that was announced last month, said it was something he will never forget.

"I feel privileged! It was a great opportunity, I've never had the opportunity to go so hard on the road," Lee said.

"I've never been to the Supercars, I've never been in a race car. I've seen the cars and they obviously go very fast, but I've never been in the position where I could sit inside one and experience the vehicle at that sort of speed."

Beginning at the drawing office - when cars were drawn on paper - Lee worked over several divisions at the iconic Australian company, through engine & fuel systems development and mission control and has spent the past 30 years at theLang Lang providing ground, which has been instrumental in the local development of local and imported Holden models.

A Holden man through and through, Lee has driven various company cars over the years including the Kingswood, Monaro, Torana, GT's and most recently the ZB Commodore.

"I'm a test engineer, but more on the fuel consumption, fuel economy testing so cars like these are very different," he said.

"It's like a work horse, you can feel it working. It's just rumbling away. The greatest thing was the braking and how fast it was."

It's a bittersweet time for Lee who has shown great loyalty to a company that has reciprocated, and he will take great memories with him.

"It was a great team of people to work with, very friendly and helpful, it was like a little family," Lee said.

"The thing I'll probably miss is the cars, I'm going to miss doing the jobs I've been doing in the past. Holden gave me the chance to see other countries and to travel overseas to different testing facilities, things that unfortunately you can't get from other companies."

Reynolds, who recently signed a ten-year contract with Erebus Motorsport understands the magnitude of Chee's term with Holden and was proud to have played a part in giving him a day he won't ever forget.

"It's awesome that we were able to give a ride experience to someone who is so deserving of being made special for a day," Reynolds said.

"I thought ten years was big, 44 years is epic!"Loyalty is so important in the workplace and Chee is a great example of why Holden holds such a great place in the Australian automotive and motorsport industries."

Penrite Racing's CEO Barry Ryan, who originated the idea, also commented: "It's such a shame for so many people and families, so if we have, in some small way had an impact of making Chee feel good today then that's awesome. Hopefully he will take it away as one of his great memories in his time with Holden."

The team are on track today for two 30-minute practice sessions followed by two 10-minute qualifying outings that set the grid for Race 3 and 4.
15 Oct - 18 Oct 2020
Days Hours Mins Secs

Should Supercars change the kerb strike technology?
Yes - invest in better technology used in other categories
No - Change track designs to use non technical methods (tyres etc)
No - Drivers need to learn the track limits

You must be signed in to cast your vote
Supercar Drivers Championship
1 Scott McLaughlin Ford 2574  
2 Cameron Waters Ford 2125  
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden 2095  
4 Jamie Whincup Holden 2047  
5 Chaz Mostert Holden 1956  
Supercar Teams Championship
1 Triple Eight Race Engineering 4442  
2 DJR Team Penske 4374  
3 Tickford Racing (6/55) 3521  
4 Walkinshaw Andretti United 3306  
5 Team 18 3152  
Supercar Manufacturer Championship
1 Ford 16
2 Holden 11
Contact Us | Donate | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Copyright Information | Championship History
Copyright © 2020, Daily Dump. All Rights Reserved.