Vaux­hall ver­sus Ford Lake­side Meet

We join the Vaux­hall crew at a proper old school meet in Es­sex…

Performance Vauxhall - - LAKESIDE MEET - Words & Pho­tos Davy

AVaux­hall ver­sus Ford meet may sound like a recipe for dis­as­ter, as let’s face it, there’s no love lost be­tween the two camps. But when it’s a well-or­ga­nized event and all for char­ity, well even the big­gest ri­val­ries can be set aside – for one night at least!

Things kicked off with a Vaux­hall only pre-meet at Con­cept Mo­tors. As I ar­rived, there were Griffins as far as the eye could see and Richard Saun­ders and the Con­cept team had even laid on a bar­beque – nice work. There was just time for a bit of ban­ter and a few pics, be­fore a pro­ces­sion of over 60 cars headed on to the mo­tor­way.

The plan was to fill the road with Vaux­halls, so I nipped off and parked up in a layby ready to grab the pics. I have to say it was an im­pres­sive sight watch­ing three lanes of Vaux­halls cruise by, es­pe­cially with the odd mis­guided Ford look­ing to­tally lost within the melee! From here we headed over to the re­tail park near Lake­side, where we were greeted by even more Vaux­halls. Ap­par­ently there were some Fords there too, but I can’t say I was pay­ing any at­ten­tion to them!

Al­though the meet was huge, the at­mos­phere was re­laxed and there was plenty of good na­tured ban­ter be­tween the two sets of car fans. By­ron and the rest of the team that or­ga­nized it had made sure the lo­cal po­lice were on side and the venue was well lit and well catered for with a KFC on site.

With a raf­fle boast­ing over £2,000 of prizes, and all pro­ceeds go­ing to a wor­thy char­ity (, it made for a cracking meet. Big thanks to By­ron Wil­lets, Con­cept Mo­tors and the VXROn­line crew for invit­ing us to a top night.

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