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When it comes to an­niver­saries, 2018 has been good to Vaux­hall fans. It’s dif­fi­cult to pin­point what the most sig­nif­i­cant of the many cel­e­bra­tions is, but twenty-five years of Corsa ranks favourably. In this is­sue of Per­for­mance

Vaux­hall, we shine a light on fan­tas­tic ex­am­ples of the spec­tac­u­lar su­per­mini.

Fly­ing the flag for the first UK car badged as Corsa is Colin Mans­field’s car­bon-trimmed Sport. It’s a pop­u­lar star of the Vaux­hall show scene and is loaded with lash­ings of wicked weave. If, how­ever, tar­mac twist­ing is more your thing, then you’ll love Gavin Burr’s As­teroid Grey VXR Club­sport. Track ready and pro­duc­ing 430bhp thanks to an engine build and chas­sis up­grades from GCAP Per­for­mance, the Courte­nay-mapped hot hatch is one of only a hand­ful of last-of-the-line spe­cial edi­tion Corsa D VXRs built. We love it!

The lat­est flag­ship sporty Corsa isn’t badged as VXR. It’s a GSi, just like the first ‘proper’ per­for­mance Corsa back in 1993. We took the new car for a spin shortly be­fore we went to press with this is­sue of the mag­a­zine. Read all about the VXR’s con­tro­ver­sial suc­ces­sor on page 44.

There are purists among you who will ar­gue the first Corsa was, in fact, the Nova. Known as Corsa A in main­land Europe, the model cel­e­brates its thir­ty­fifth birth­day this year, so what bet­ter way to mark the oc­ca­sion than a meet of en­thu­si­asts and their cars?! Held at Brunt­ingth­orpe and fea­tur­ing No­vas rang­ing from im­mac­u­late stan­dard spec­i­mens to a mas­sively mod­i­fied hill climb weapon, the oc­ca­sion was a roar­ing suc­cess and was fol­lowed by a spir­ited B-road blast all the way to the VBOA Na­tional Rally. You can read all about Market Har­bor­ough’s Griffinthemed ex­trav­a­ganza on page 54.

As the runaway suc­cess of the Corsa has proved for more than two decades, com­pact Vaux­halls are hugely pop­u­lar, but there are those who pre­fer what's on of­fer at the other end of the man­u­fac­turer’s prod­uct range. We’ve lost count of the num­ber of fea­ture car own­ers who an­swer “VXR8” when we ask them to name their favourite Vaux­hall! This is­sue’s fire-breath­ing, HSV-de­rived monsters are none other than the Gen-F Maloo R8 and the last Holden to win Aus­tralia’s great­est race, the Bathurst 1000. The lat­ter is a 600bhp beast owned by none other than McLaren Rac­ing CEO, Zak Brown. Yep, af­ter last is­sue’s ar­ti­cle high­light­ing how For­mula One stars use a Vaux­hall to hone their driv­ing skills, we can now re­veal McLaren's F1 team boss does too (kinda!).

As if that lot wasn’t enough, we’ve got stacks of other ex­cit­ing fea­ture con­tent for you to en­joy across the fol­low­ing pages. The first Vec­tra B GSi 2.6 (now com­plete with its 3.2-litre makeover), Power Maxed TAG Rac­ing’s track­side di­ary and a tech talk ar ticle cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent types of fuel are just some of what’s on of­fer, so turn the page and get stuck in!

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