TWICE AS NICE

Daniel Mur­ray’s sec­ond spell of own­ing this Astra SRi Turbo has seen it trans­formed from track tur­key to a 475bhp cir­cuit and sprint sen­sa­tion…

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - WORDS Dan Furr

Daniel Mur­ray’s sec­ond spell of own­ing this Astra SRi Turbo has seen it trans­formed from track tur­key into a cir­cuit and sprint star.

Many of us have ex­pe­ri­enced the re­gret of let­ting a favourite car pass to a new owner. Of­ten, per­sonal cir­cum­stances (space, time, fam­ily, money) dic­tate the need to part with what­ever Vauxhall or Opel we’re so fond of. “I wish I’d never sold it,” is the in­evitable phrase which passes our lips later down the line, swiftly fol­lowed by a scan of the govern­ment’s handy ve­hi­cle en­quiry web­site to see if the Grif­fin in ques­tion has been spared from a one way trip to the great scrap­yard in the sky. “I’d love to buy it back,” we can be heard mut­ter­ing. “If only I knew where the car was be­ing kept to­day.”

If you’re lucky, you might en­counter your for­mer steed on dis­play at one of the sum­mer shows, where you might be in with a shot of col­lar­ing the cur­rent owner and mak­ing him an of­fer he or she can’t refuse. If you’re luck­ier still, your name is Daniel Mur­ray and the Astra SRi Turbo you want back is lit­tle more than a phone call away.

“I sold the car to my brother!” he smiles, ac­knowl­edg­ing the easy task of lo­cat­ing the fourth-gen gem. “I first bought it five years ago. It’d been in the cus­tody of a Vauxhall tech­ni­cian work­ing at a main dealer in Gosport. Well-looked af­ter and

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