Prod­ucts, Clas­sics On TV

Reg­is­ter’s bold, record-break­ing bid needs your help

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Nick Larkin www.vaux­hallf­dreg­is­

Vaux­hall en­thu­si­asts are aim­ing to bring 50 FD models to­gether to cel­e­brate the model’s half cen­tury – but ad­mit they have set them­selves a tough chal­lenge!

The FD Reg­is­ter has given it­self the tar­get of or­gan­is­ing the record­break­ing gath­er­ing in time for the Vaux­hall Opel As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Rally on 8-9 July, and is en­cour­ag­ing own­ers of the cur­va­ceous, well-loved sa­loons to join in.

FD Reg­is­ter chair­man Chris Par­sons says: ‘This is not go­ing to be easy, though we have had 25 of the cars to­gether in the past. They are rare clas­sics nowa­days.

‘ We just hope to get as many FDs to the event as pos­si­ble. They don’t have to be im­mac­u­late – you can trailer them if you have to but please just get them there.’

The at­tempt will take place at this year’s VOA Na­tional’s venue, the Mar­ket Har­bor­ough Show­ground in Le­ices­ter­shire, where more than 2500 own­ers of clas­sic Vaux­halls, Opels and Bed­fords will gather.

The Vaux­hall VX4/90 Club, cater­ing for the FD’s sportier sib­ling, is also sup­port­ing the event. There will also be a dis­play of FC- and FE-gen­er­a­tion models along­side the main dis­play.

The FD was built in sa­loon and es­tate form from 1967-1972. The cars were the first to re­ceive Vaux­hall’s new belt-driven over­head cam en­gine and fea­tured ‘Coke-bot­tle’ styling three years be­fore the Ford Cortina MkIII ap­peared.

Pos­si­bly the most fa­mous was the white Vaux­hall Vic­tor, reg­is­tered RXD 996F, fea­tured in leg­endary ITC drama Ran­dall and Hop­kirk (De­ceased).

One of the Reg­is­ter’s more re­cent dis­plays. Just an­other 46 to find, lads…

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