PER­FOR­MANCE VAUXHALL SHOW 2018 Santa Pod Race­way played host to high-oc­tane Grif­fin ac­tion and awe­some club dis­plays…

Performance Vauxhall - - GEAR - WORDS Dan Furr PHO­TOS Dan Sher­wood and Chris Frosin

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

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