Vauxhall returns to the festival of speed


Vauxhall is making a dramatic comeback to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with a high-powered motoring display by world-renowned driver Paul Swift.


Known as the ‘1400HP VAUXHALL VXR ROADTRAIN’, Paul and his team will be using standard Vauxhall VXR models, from the new Corsa VXR to the latest 576hp VXR8 GTS. The display is truly ‘Flat-Out and Fearless’ and has never been seen at Goodwood before.


But that’s not all Vauxhall will have on offer. For those looking for a break between track activities, Vauxhall’s Family Experience may be just the ticket. Based inside the track near the entrance to Gate 1, the area will be a haven for families, and will feature radio-controlled cars, the ADAM Pedal Car Raceway and Vauxhall Crazy Football.

Fitting in with the Flat-Out & Fearless theme of the festival, the area will host a trio of ultra-rare pre-war Vauxhalls: a 1922 TT, Vauxhall’s only Grand Prix race car; a 1930 Villiers Supercharged, with 300bhp and a top speed of 150mph; and a 1910 C-10 ‘Prince Henry’, acknowledged as the first proper sports car.


The Vauxhall Family Experience will also include face-painting, a crèche, Colour a Car, the Meriva Ball Pond and a picnic area. The Vauxhall Drivers’ Lounge makes a welcome return, too, with free refreshments for show-goers who produce their Vauxhall car or van keys.

Naturally, all Vauxhall’s new model range will be on show including the all-new VIVA, along with its 1960s forebear, and the recently launched 210bhp Corsa VXR. Completing the display will be Vauxhall’s very own Dream Garage, including the 176mph Lotus Carlton, the Firenza HP ‘Droopsnoot’, the 2003 Lightning Concept, a ‘V22 VXR’, and a VXR220, the very first vehicle to carry the VXR badge.


The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June, with the annual Goodwood Moving Motor Show on Thursday, 25th June.