Vauxhall to celebrate their heritage with public open day

Do you ever look at a Vauxhall and wonder what came before the Adam, Insignia and Ampera? Or perhaps, like me, you’re of a certain age and lust after the original Astra GTE or Lotus Carlton.

It might surprise you to know that Vauhall has been producing cars since 1903, and now you have a chance to have a poke around their extensive heritage collection.

On show at their headquarters in Luton will be over 50 veteran, vintage and post-war Vauxhalls from 1903 right through to the latest models.

Highlights include the D-Type Staff car, a 100-year old icon of the First World War, and the 40-year old Firenza ‘Droop Snoot’. The original Calibra, the world’s most aerodynamic car in its day, and legendary Lotus Carlton will also be in attendance, both now 25 years old.

VXR’s ten year history will be celebrated by 2004’s VX220 and the all-new 576bhp VXR8 GTS.

You can turn up at Luton from 10am on Sunday 24 August and wander freely around the cars, all at no charge. There’s no need to book, and food and refreshments will be on sale, as well as entertainment including pedal cars and face painting.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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