PERFORMANCE VAUXHALL SHOW 2018 Santa Pod Raceway played host to high-octane Griffin action and awesome club displays…
Many who were in attendance at the recent Performance Vauxhall Show (PVS) have subsequently talked about the high standard of cars on display at what was the year’s biggest celebration of potent Griffins. We’re not going to argue. It was clear we were in the presence of Vauxhalls, Opels and HSVderived models (plus the occasional Bedford!) meeting a higher standard of presentation than we’ve seen at the show in years.
The Performance Vauxhall magazine stand led the charge with a fine selection of past, present and future feature cars, including our own Vectra VXR project, which was revealed complete with its new 3M 1080 Gloss Flip Deep Space wrap expertly applied by BTCC supplier and 3M approved vinyl wrapper, Joyce Design. Read all about the multicoloured flip – and the car’s bodywork preparation at West Herts Customs – on page 70.
Sitting on its new MOMO Revenge matte black nineteens and Yokohama rubber, the car was flanked by magazine fan favourites, including highly modified Cavalier Turbos, Astras of all ages, various Corsas, Calibras, Chevettes and even a mighty Maloo brought to the party by the guys at MW Performance. Dai Britten’s Lotus Carlton and Kenny Chilsholm’s Skylinepowered Manta proved popular too!
Elsewhere, club displays thrived in the blazing sunshine, with VX Enthusiasts taking the coveted Best Club award, while silverware for best onemake display went to the Astra Owners Network. The day wasn’t all about sitting pretty (although hats off to Keiran Johns for winning the event’s Show and Shine trophy in the face of stiff competition, including Skye Mackie’s famous MeanyDerv purple Mk5 Astra and Nick Rance’s IrnBruthemed Mk4 Astra GSi), as evidenced by fast track action available for punters to take advantage of along the venue’s famous quartermile straightline strip, complete with its recently laid concrete surface. There was also the Z20LET Lovers Race Wars handling course to enjoy, a new show feature which challenged participants to navigate their way around tight technical turns and high speed straights in the quickest time possible. VBOX Motorsport precision timing and datalogging equipment was used to accurately monitor the performance of cars and
drivers taking part, which culminated in a top three made up of Chris Pittham’s Arden Blue Astra VXR registering a time of 73.49s, Matthew Buckman (driving Charlotte Morrish’s Mk4 Astra GSi) completing the task in 71.8s and a winning performance from RnD Motorsport’s Dan Robson and his rearengined 2.8litre Mk4 Astra 888, which impressed with a blisteringly quick 70.7s.
To celebrate, the strip was dedicated to a Z20LET Lovers shootout later in the afternoon after similar dedicated track time for Corsa owners who wanted to challenge those in charge of Novas to see who could be quickest along the quarter mile. The Ten of the Best boys also strutted their stuff, plus we marvelled at the everpopular Fireforce 3 jet car demonstration. Meanwhile, trade stands were kept busy, as was the PVS Tyre Challenge, a feature you guys were invited to engage in to see who could change the wheels on a demonstration car in the quickest time possible.
Our Corsa, Vectra GSi and Nova anniversary stands were well received, and we’re looking forward to bringing you more in the way of show photography in forthcoming issues of Performance Vauxhall. In the meantime, here’s a small selection of the event images we captured on the day. Enjoy!
Brian’s Corsa has been used as a development vehicle by EBC Brakes
“Whaddya mean there’s an amazing subscription deal on offer?!” This 550bhp Chevette drag monster appeared in our March/April issue