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Performance Vauxhall December 2018 - January 2019

Britain’s one and only Vauxhall-dedicated performance car magazine is the enthusiast’s Bible, featuring the best modified Vauxhalls around, expert technical advice, step-by-step DIY guides and the last word in tuning and styling.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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£4(Incl. tax)
£26.87(Incl. tax)
6 Issues


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season’s greetings

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…

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grey matters

Comically exaggerated body kits. Outlandish paintwork. Sound systems producing ear-bleeding bass frequencies. All show, no go. Flick through copies of tuning magazines printed in the 1990s and this is what you’re met with. There were, however, exceptions to the rule. For example, Paul Barrett’s Nova 1.4 SR featured a wealth of mechanical upgrades to match its jaw-dropping appearance. “I loved that car,” he smiles. “It wore a large fibreglass body kit painted OEM Rio Verde, a custom interior and went like stink thanks to a variety of engine improvements.” The nippy Nova was so impressive, it was selected as a Performance Vauxhall cover car shortly after the magazine launched in September 2001. There was only one problem. “I drove into a lamppost days before the photo shoot,” cries Paul. “Damage…

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ellesmere port restructuring

Vauxhall has announced it has entered into a period of consultation with Trade Union and employee representatives to propose a restructuring of the manufacturer’s Ellesmere Port assembly plant. Opened in 1962, the site has produced Vivas, Chevettes, Vectras and enjoyed a decade-long stint as the assembly hub for the legendary 54° V6 engine found in Vectras, Cavaliers, Calibras and Omegas. Today, the 1.2-million m2 facility is dedicated to Astra K production, with the vast majority of finished vehicles wearing Opel badges before being readied for export to mainland Europe. The company announced restructuring at Ellesmere Port to align production costs with 2019 forecasts and plans. “Site compression”, implementation of new technologies and other transformation activities will have an impact on headcount, necessitating a planned reduction of employees by 214 heads during…

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in brief

∗ SWIFT AND SURE It was a marriage made in heaven. Top precision driver, Paul Swift, was given keys to the new Corsa GSi and access to Bruntingthorpe to see how well the hot hatch performed when pushed to the limit. Thanks to VXR sports suspension and grippy Michelin rubber, Paul soon had the measure of the car! View the video at bit.ly/swiftcorsa and read our review of the GSi by ordering our last issue at bit.ly/issuespv ∗ VBOA CHANGES One of the biggest news stories on the Vauxhall scene of recent weeks has been the relocation of the Vauxhall Bedford Opel Association (VBOA)’s National Rally, one of the biggest events on the calendars of Vauxhall and Opel enthusiasts in the UK and Europe. To cut a long story short, the event will…

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second-oldest vauxhall takes on london to brighton run

Proving Vauxhall’s current marketing slogan, British Brand since 1903, runs more than skin-deep, two of the company’s oldest vehicles – one of which was built in the year Vauxhall was founded as a car manufacturer – recently took to the road for the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Acknowledged as the world’s second-oldest surviving Vauxhall, the 1903 5HP embarked on the sixty-mile drive for the first time since 2015. Vauxhall’s Managing Director, Steve Norman, took the driving seat alongside recently retired Communications Director, Denis Chick. Registered BS8213, this particular 5HP is the forty-fifth vehicle built by Vauxhall. It’s a rare four-seat model, with passengers sitting over the engine in front of the driver. Vauxhall Heritage purchased and restored the car two decades ago. Originally bought for £154 3s…

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MISHIMOTO ROCKSTAR ALUMINIUM COOLANT TANK The latest product to roll out of the collaboration between automotive cooling equipment specialist, Mishimoto, and energy drink, Rockstar, is this universal-fit aluminium coolant reservoir tank. Made from lightweight 6061 aluminium and supplied with a mounting bracket, all necessary hardware and a fluid transfer hose, the tank has a capacity of 850cc. Whether you’re looking to put the finishing touch to your tucked engine bay or simply want a cost-effective way of improving the appearance of the header tank currently residing beneath the bonnet of your tuned Griffin, this awesome aluminium reservoir is the perfect solution. Adding peace of mind to the quality of its offerings, Mishimoto supplies each product with a comprehensive lifetime warranty, including cover for accidental damage. Price Pre-sale orders £POA Contact mishimoto.co.uk or call…