Snapshot

We re­mem­ber some more cool Vaux­halls from the past.

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS -

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.

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