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Little Classics News: 27 July 2015

Classic Vauxhalls Refuse to Let Rain Interrupt Gathering

Classic Vauxhall Viva

Despite leaden skies and intermittent showers, over 100 Vauxhalls were on show at Beaulieu’s annual Simply Vauxhall rally on Sunday 26th July. Enthusiasts who did brave the poor weather were treated to a fascinating display of Vauxhalls of all ages, going all the way back to the 1920s.

Vintage Vauxhall

Parked in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, modern classics like Calibras and Cavaliers rubbed shoulders with Viva SLs, dating from 1970 and 1972, contrasted with a low-mileage Lotus Carlton and a V8-powered Monaro.

Classic Vauxhall Cresta

Among the more unusual Vauxhalls on display was a first-generation Corsa, which had been converted into a cabriolet. Also on show was a modified Nova, which represented this once-popular but now rarely seen model, while a 1960s Cresta PB added a touch of transatlantic style to the show.

Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

During the day, Beaulieu’s visitors were invited to vote for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Awards. The overall winner of the award was Michael Rogers, who donned his driving goggles and flying jacket to drive down from Somerset in his 1926 Vauxhall Velox 30-98 Tourer (below).

1926 Vauxhall Velox 30-98 Tourer

Originally used as a Police car in Australia, Michael’s vintage Velox was repatriated in 2002 and is used to compete in hill-climb competitions. Michael was presented with a Beaulieu Trophy by Events Co-ordinator, Charlotte Mountain, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the Beaulieu parkland.


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