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As I write this in­tro­duc­tion, I’m glanc­ing out of my of­fice win­dow at a gar­den full of flow­ers in bloom. The trees out­side my win­dow are cov­ered in green leaves. The sun is shin­ing. If I didn’t know any bet­ter, I’d say this was the mid­dle of sum­mer, yet I’m go­ing to have to ut­ter the C-word.

No, not that C-word! I’m re­fer­ring to Christ­mas. That’s right, this is the De­cem­ber/ Jan­uary 2019 is­sue of the mag­a­zine, mean­ing you won’t be hear­ing from us again un­til the new year, when many of the Vauxhall an­niver­saries we’ve been cel­e­brat­ing will have come to an end. I’m talk­ing thirty-five years of Nova, twenty years of Vec­tra GSi, thirty years of Mk3 Cav­a­lier and forty years of Chevette HS. We’ve been re­port­ing on these mile­stones through­out 2018, a year of cel­e­bra­tion cul­mi­nat­ing in the ar­rival of the Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, the UK’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of retro rides, and the fo­rum many of you use to show­case your vin­tage Vaux­halls. The event took place just as we were go­ing to print, but that didn’t stop us from tak­ing hun­dreds of pho­to­graphs across a week­end which lived up to its billing as one of the high­lights of the show scene cal­en­dar. Have a butcher's on page 24.

Shows and Billing of an­other kind have dom­i­nated Vaux­hall­re­lated so­cial me­dia chat­ter in re­cent weeks, with the VBOA Na­tional Rally seem­ingly chang­ing its plans for 2019 three times in as many weeks. We spoke with VBOA Chair­man, Shaun Broad­bent, to get the of­fi­cial line on what’s been hap­pen­ing. Read our find­ings by flick­ing to page 46.

The com­ing year of­fers more Grif­fin birth­days to shout about, not least of all thirty years of Cal­i­bra. As you’ll see from the fol­low­ing pages, we’ve started the cel­e­bra­tions by fea­tur­ing Ally Mcvit­tie’s Cal­i­bra SE9, the win­ner of the 2018 VBOA Chair­man’s Cup com­pe­ti­tion, plus we’ve fea­tured the run­ner-up, Paul Bar­rett and his mod­i­fied Manta. We’re told there was just two votes sep­a­rat­ing this duo of tip-top mod­ern clas­sics!

Else­where in this is­sue, we’ve com­piled our pick of the best bang for your buck in 2019. We’ve catered for bud­gets stretch­ing from £500 to £5,000 in the hope of help­ing those of you aim­ing to nab a slice of Grif­fin-badged speed metal to bag a bar­gain.

Just like the ev­er­green As­tra, the flow­ers I’m look­ing at show no sign of wilt­ing, yet a hy­per­ac­tive robin is hop­ping his way around my newly ac­quired Vec­tra VXR wagon. It’s not ex­actly a typ­i­cal Christ­mas scene, but it’s as close as we’re go­ing to get at the time of writ­ing. See you next year!

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