VAUX­HALL BACKS HUGE NEC DIS­PLAY

Man­u­fac­turer joins forces with 13 own­ers clubs

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This week -

Vaux­hall’s largest ever pres­ence at the show is only a sign of things to come – ac­cord­ing to bosses in the com­pany.

Now in its fifth year of pro­vid­ing a man­u­fac­turer-backed pres­ence, the Lu­ton based com­pany housed 10 classic mo­tors, in­clud­ing a Viva GT that’s just been re­stored by the out­fit in house to help cel­e­brate the car’s 50th an­niver­sary. Read more about this in Nick Larkin’s report on page 6.

Not only this, but there were 13 own­ers’ clubs nes­tled into the show­case, which Vaux­hall refers to as the Vaux­hall zone.

Si­mon Huck­nall, prod­uct PR man­ager for Vaux­hall says: ‘It looks great this year and everyone’s done a fan­tas­tic job. But next year we’d like to make it big­ger and max­imise our ex­po­sure. We’re the old­est sur­viv­ing Bri­tish car man­u­fac­turer and we love to shout about our her­itage.’

The Vaux­hall Viva Own­ers’ Club was one of the 13 Vaux­hall clubs on dis­play in hall five. Founder and ex-chair­man Adrian Miller owns sev­eral Vi­vas, in­clud­ing one of seven Cray­ford Con­vert­ibles ever made. He says: ‘Vaux­hall has done a phe­nom­e­nal job in the restora­tion of its new Viva. What a be­fit­ting way of cel­e­brat­ing its an­niver­sary. Not many other man­u­fac­tur­ers would do any­thing as large as this.’

Vaux­hall Her­itage’s NEC dis­play in­cluded its freshly re­stored 1970 Viva HB GT.

The Cava­lier and Chevette Club’s stand in­cluded this 1976 Cava­lier 1600L MkI.

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