We remember some more cool Vauxhalls from the past.
Photos and stories from the GM archive.
February 2014 marks 30 years since the first appearance of a Nova in motorsport. The first car to actually make an appearance on any type of competitive event was the Nova SR of Graham Parkinson. The car was already a bit of a star as it had been the one used in all publicity shots for the press and promotional material.
Hastily converted, with very little changed apart from safety equipment, the vehicle debuted on the Wyedean Rally – the first round of the BTRDA Rally championship. While the car performed without problems, the year was spent developing the suspension to achieve the optimum motorsport compromise. However, being equipped with a small single choke Pierburg carburettor meant the car lost out in the performance stakes to its rivals until the Nova Sport came along. But that’s another story…
JBM 804Y later in the year with added livery and more development
JBM804Y’s first competitive outing, in February 1984 the Forest of Dean on the Wyedean Rally
James Kaye racing the first Nova on the circuits in a British Production Race series
The publicity shot for the Nova SR issued by Vauxhall’s PR dept.