Vauxhall icon takes victory at Cholmondley


The 1926 Vauxhall OE-type 30-98 Velox Tourer

Vauxhall’s debut at the Cholmondley Pageant of Power resulted in an overall win in the Classic Pre-War Cars regularity class for its 1926 OE-type 30/98 Velox Tourer – plus a supercar-matching time for the 2012 VXR Maloo pick-up, which ran in the Autocar Super Car Class.


The 30/98 set track times of 127.96 and 127.77 in the regularity run, both within 0.13 of a second of the bogey time of 127.83 set during practice runs. Despite wet conditions, the 30/98 – which is owned and maintained by Vauxhall’s Luton-based Heritage Centre – performed impeccably and demonstrated why it’s still regarded as one of the fastest road cars of its time.

The 2012 VXR Maloo pick-up

In stark contrast, Vauxhall fielded the latest version of the VXR Maloo pick-up in the Autocar Super Car Class. Competing for the fastest time on track, the 431PS V8 rear-wheel drive Maloo was up against stiff competition from the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. But it still managed a fastest time of just 72.82 seconds on the notoriously tricky 1.2-mile sprint course, beating the more expensive and powerful Noble M600, as well as the Lexus LFA and Chevrolet Corvette.


”Cholmondley Pageant of Power was a great way for Vauxhall to demonstrate the breadth of its heritage and new-car range,” said Vauxhall’s PR Manager, Simon Hucknall, who drove both cars at the event. ”The 30/98 is one of 70 cars that Vauxhall owns and maintains at its Heritage Centre in Luton, and it didn’t miss a beat, despite being driven harder than normal. The Maloo also raised a few eyebrows, its best time within a second of the Mercedes SLS-AMG.”


Showcasing its very latest technology, Vauxhall’s Andrew Duerden demonstrated the European Car of the Year-winning Ampera on the race track during lunch on each day of the event, providing crowds with a taste of how quickly and silently an electric vehicle can perform.