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…

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - WORDS AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Dan Furr

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.

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