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TThis year’s Per­for­mance Vauxhall Show will play host to a spe­cial dis­play of Cor­sas in cel­e­bra­tion of the twenty-fifth an­niver­sary of what is one of Vauxhall’s best-loved mod­els. We’ll be pre­sent­ing ten out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of the ground-break­ing su­per­mini, rang­ing from a spot­less Corsa B SRi through to heav­ily mod­i­fied Corsa E VXRs.

In 1993, Brit­pop was get­ting ready to un­leash its full force, Bill Clin­ton was sworn in as the forty-sec­ond Pres­i­dent of the United States and the Maas­tricht Treaty took ef­fect, for­mally es­tab­lish­ing the Euro­pean Union. In the mo­tor­ing world, all eyes were on Vauxhall, a com­pany ready to launch the suc­ces­sor to the fan­tas­ti­cally pop­u­lar Nova.

Opel had been us­ing the Corsa name for years. In­deed, Nova is the UK des­ig­na­tion for what the ma­jor­ity of the world knows as the Corsa A (Ba­rina in Aus­tralia), but fear­ing the model’s name sounded too much like ‘coarser’, the lads in Lu­ton de­cided to go their own way. A decade later, they re­lented, and the Corsa name was fi­nally in­tro­duced to car buy­ers in Great Bri­tain.

A car which to this day re­mains al­most as pop­u­lar as its pre­de­ces­sor, the Corsa B (see our GSi buy­ing guide on page 136) was fol­lowed by a sharper, hot­ter hatch in the form of the Corsa C. The new ar­rival was con­sis­tently one of the best-sell­ing cars in the UK dur­ing its time in pro­duc­tion. It also proved to be a big hit with mod­i­fiers, but all things must pass, and a new gen­er­a­tion of Griffins com­pris­ing cars ready to un­lock their full per­for­mance po­ten­tial was wait­ing in the wings. En­ter the Corsa D.

A re­think­ing of the Corsa con­cept, Vauxhall’s up­dated com­pact car was soon pre­sented in full fat, su­per­ag­gres­sive VXR trim with a 1.6-litre tur­bocharged pow­er­plant, lightweight body pan­els, bulging wheel arches, race seats, a cen­tre­exit ex­haust and, later, Nür­bur­gring and Club­sport spe­cial editions.

To­day, the Corsa D VXR is one of the Vauxhall scene’s most en­thu­si­as­ti­cally tuned mod­els, and one which paved the way for the re­cently dis­con­tin­ued Corsa E VXR, a com­par­a­tively short-lived – but no less im­pres­sive – take on the idea of a Vauxhall hot hatch pro­vid­ing the per­fect plat­form for mod­i­fy­ing.

You’ll find a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of mod­i­fied Cor­sas span­ning all ages on our cel­e­bra­tion stand. Reg­u­lar read­ers will recog­nise Adam Beard’s 1000bhp twin-en­gined mon­ster and the tuned 1.6-litre SRi owned by Sam Thomas as for­mer Per­for­mance

Vauxhall fea­ture stars rep­re­sent­ing the ear­li­est gen­er­a­tion of UK cars badged as Cor­sas, while Dave Green’s su­per­charged 2.2-litre Corsa C SRi will sit along­side heav­ily tuned VXRs, such as Rhys Mor­gan’s Car­bon Flash track at­tacker and Jay Hand­bury’s slammed pink camowrapped won­der. Be sure to check

‘em out when they’re as­sem­bled close to the Per­for­mance Vauxhall mag­a­zine stand, where you’ll also be able to point your peep­ers at the C20XE-pow­ered, Porsche rim-rid­ing, Cad­bury Pur­ple-painted Corsa B fea­tured in our last is­sue.

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