Vaux­hall’s hall of fame

Herald Sun - Motoring - - What’s On - For more in­for­ma­tion call rally co-or­di­na­tor Chris Varty,

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.

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