Vauxhall’s hall of fame
THE 36th national rally of the Vauxhall Owners Club of Australia is being held at the Monash University campus at Churchill and other places around the Latrobe Valley.
Today, the rally will go to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection at Maffra. Tomorrow it will stage a display day at the Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell.
On Monday the cars will make a day run to Walhalla through Erica and on Tuesday they will go to Gippstown at Moe. Powerworks, the Morwell Rose Garden and Tarra Bulga National Park are also on the agenda.
Vauxhall Motors began in 1903 in Vauxhall, London. Vauxhalls were regarded as equal to the Bentley and Rolls-Royce from the1900s to the 1930s.
The significance of Churchill township to Vauxhall is that Vauxhall Motors during World War II produced Churchill tanks, named after Sir Winston Churchill.
The Vauxhall Owners Club of Australia has been operating since 1975. It started in Victoria and has about 700 members worldwide.
More than 60 vehicles will be on display during the rally, ranging from a 1925 LM 14/40 Tourer to a 1976 Bedford campervan. Vauxhalls have been made in Australia over the years by Holden, which has produced vehicles such as the 1950s ute (above) and the Vagabond, a two-door, four-seater soft-top.
Bedfords have also been part of the Vauxhall marque since 1931 and are well known throughout Australia for their commercial applications.
Vauxhall are still making cars in England, including the Astra. Holden has also provided vehicles, such as the last Monaro, as a Vauxhall in England.