RACE WARS 2
Some of the quickest turbocharged Vauxhalls gathered at Kendrew Barracks to see which car could achieve the highest speed over a mile-long sprint…
We join the guys and girls of Z20LET Lovers as they host their second annual sprint competition along the Kendrew Barracks runway.
Organised by the guys and girls of Z20LET Lovers (thought to be the largest Vauxhall/Opel enthusiast group in the world), Race Wars was a popular fixture in the calendar of Griffin owners far and wide when it launched at Kendrew Barracks in the East Midlands last summer. Affording owners of some of the UK’s most powerful two-litre, turbocharged hot hatches the opportunity to test the abilities of their cars in a safe, controlled highspeed environment, the event saw powerful Vauxhalls line up side by side before they sped off into the distance, their proud pilots hoping to score impressive sprint times along the mile-long stretch of runway the RAF’s Harrier GR9 squadrons used to call home.
Unsurprisingly, demand for a repeat of last year’s event was high thanks to reports from attendees regarding the fun they had hammering their cars flat-out. “Following the success of 2017’s Race Wars, almost double the number of Vauxhalls participated in Race Wars 2 when we returned to Kendrew Barracks a few weeks ago,” beams Z20LET Lovers administrator, Rix Sidhu. “More than a hundred people and seventy cars were in attendance,” he says, confident that an even bigger Race Wars will take place next year.
In addition to venue hire, spectator paddocks close to the strip, refreshments and event organisation, Z20LET Lovers provides Race Wars participants with accurate timings across the quarter-mile, the full mile, zero to sixty mph and various other measurements recorded on its
privately owned VBOX Motorsport professional timing and video capture equipment. Split into three classes based on engine power output, trophies are dished out to those registering quickest times and top speeds, with a special award for the slowest car of the day!
Of those competing, Craig McCready’s lightweight VX220 scored the fastest quarter-mile with a time of 11.68secs. The same car also achieved the quickest dash to 60mph from a standing start, achieving the feat in just 3.55secs.
At the other end of the table, Drew Whelan bagged silverware for being the slowest competitor thanks to his Zafira VXR only managing a top speed of 119mph, although we’re told the boost bus’s clutch was badly slipped under load.
Matt Loane and his Lambo-painted Mk5 Astra VXR (as featured on the cover our December-January issue) won top honours in the ‘450bhp and over’ class with a recorded speed of 185mph. Chris Pittham managed to win the 360-450bhp class with his Astra’s top speed of 167mph, while Matthew Buckman reigned supreme in the 250-360bhp class with 166mph achieved in the Mk4 Astra GSi owned by his girlfriend, Charlotte Morrish.
“It was a great day. Everything ran smoothly, and we were pleased to welcome members of SAABWorx, as well as various other owners clubs,” says Rix, highlighting the warm, friendly atmosphere that makes Race Wars such an enjoyable event, either as a driver, passenger or simply as a spectator. We’re already looking forward to Race Wars 3. Sign up to the Z20LET Lovers Facebook page for announcements. In the meantime, here’s a selection of the photos we took at Race Wars 2!
Same time next year, yeah?!