HSV OWNERS UK
HSV & HOLDEN OWNERS UK A fine selection of Monaros, Maloos and VXR8s visited MW Performance on the occasion of the last Bank Holiday in May…
VXR8s, Monaros and Maloos descend upon MW Performance.
While you might not see them out and about every time you hit the road, there’s a significant number of HSV-derived Vauxhalls in the UK. Primarily taking the shape of Monaros, VXR8s and Maloos, these V8-powered monsters offer a lot of bang for your buck and are proving increasingly popular now the wider tuning community has cottoned on to the fact that production has ended in Holden’s home of Australia. A lack of new VXR8s means desirability and prices on the used car market are increasing, with prospective owners coming to the Vauxhall V8 scene where they might have previously been unimpressed by VXR-basged Astras, Corsas or Vectras.
Unsurprisingly, owners of V8-propelled Griffins are an enthusiastic bunch, as you can see from the fantastic turnout at MW Performance’s annual HSV & Holden Owners UK meet, held at the Vauxhall tuning and maintenance specialist’s Chester-based workshop across the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. Not only did the annual bash bring in Vauxhall-supplied Aussie imports of all ages, but we were thrilled to see vehicles privately imported by their proud pilots, many of whom fell in love with their cars after first encountering them during holidays spent Down Under!
In addition to being able to chew the fat with their fellow V8 enthusiasts, those present were able to participate in a raffle raising money for charity. Prizes on offer included official merchandise from Red Bull Racing, car cleaning products, a heads-up display, an electronic parking assist system, a dash cam, Bluetooth-linked speakers and a Scalextric slot car kit. More than £402 was raised, benefitting Chester Aid to the Homeless (cath. org.uk), a fantastic organisation offering support, encouragement and a safety net to those who find themselves in times of crisis.
MWP owner, Marc Wale, awarded trophies to his three favourite cars in attendance, shortly before the gathered masses hopped into their vehicles, fired up their eight-cylinder engines and let rip with burnouts and a parade around the streets of Saltney, a town located between the walled city of Chester and the nearby Airbus aircraft manufacturing facility. There’s nothing quite like the growl of a V8, and there’s little to compare to the glorious the sound of sixty of them revving their nuts off!
MWP’s workshop and showroom doors were open for interested parties to explore throughout the day, and while the event was primarily intended to serve those
pleased to be in charge of V8-driven metal, Vauxhall enthusiasts keen to have a look at big-power Griffins they don’t ordinarily get to see were welcome to attend. Owners of Astra VXRs, Insignia VXRs and even a Cavalier Turbo evocation joined the party accordingly.
To find out when the next MWP meet will take place, follow the company’s Facebook page (and keep an eye out for announcements. Additionally, visit the MWP website for a list of cars currently in stock, published prices for servicing, and to have a look at just some of the bespoke tuning packages Marc’s team is currently offering for cars across the VXR range.