Ishould have responded earlier about the Vauxhall story in July, but as always, you tend to think there will be a flurry of responses, so nothing happens. Donn Anderson alluded to a veteran Vauxhall taking part in a 1908 hill climb in New Zealand, and the car was described with 1904 model specifications — definitely too frail to tackle much more than a climb over a matchstick. Vauxhall Motors got a whiff of a trial the RAC [Royal Automobile Club] intended to run in June 1908, and as soon as the regulations were issued in February of that year, Laurence Pomeroy, who was the assistant engineer, came up with an innocent-looking design in the absence of the staid [chief engineer], who was on holiday in Egypt. Two cars were prepared, and given the designation ‘Y1’ and ‘Y2’. Y1 took part in the trial and cleaned up all the awards, and Vauxhall’s reputation soared to unprecedented heights and set Pomeroy on the road to fame.
When the New Zealand agent for Vauxhall — Scott, Morgan and Co. of Christchurch — heard of the successes it made strong demands for a similar car for publicity purposes. Accordingly Y2 was despatched from the works on October 23, and arrived just before Christmas 1908. WJ (Wally) Scott drove Y2 to success in just about every sporting event he entered, and some of those were hill climbs up the Port Hills roads of