Old Blue

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

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

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